April 17, 2019

MSHA Considers Moving Mount Hope Office To Academy | The Beckley Register-Herald

The U.S. Mine Safety Health Administration is considering a plan to move its Mount Hope office to the Operating Engineers building at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy in Beaver, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s office reported on Monday.

MSHA officials have not reached a decision on the plan, said Katey McCutcheon, Manchin’s spokeswoman.

“We reached out to the Department of Labor, and they said that MSHA is exploring moving to the Operating Engineers building in Academy, but that they haven’t made a decision yet,” McCutcheon said Monday.

MSHA officials declined Friday and Monday to offer additional information.

“We have no announcements at this (time),” MSHA spokeswoman Amy Louviere emailed Friday, in response to questions about the rumored plan.

The Academy in Beaver trains miners and mine inspectors from across the United States and other countries. The late Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., brought the federal facility to Beaver.


By:  Jessica Farrish