Ind. congressman supports simulated coal mine

Republican Rep. Larry Bucshon (WISH Photo/Courtesy of:
Republican Rep. Larry Bucshon (WISH Photo/Courtesy of:

VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) — A congressman is throwing his support behind a proposal to build Indiana’s first simulated coal mine for miner safety training.

Republican Rep. Larry Bucshon represents southwestern Indiana’s coal country and joined coal industry, utility and other government officials Friday at a Vincennes University coal summit.

Bucshon says the goal of the simulated coal mine is to enhance safety without having to train miners on the job.

Currently, the closest simulated coal mines to Indiana are in Madisonville, Ky., and Rend Lake, Ill. Vincennes University has pledged $250,000 for the project.

But Bucshon says the money needed to develop a simulated coal mine for safety training in Indiana will come from a combination of federal, state, industry and university money. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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