Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 26, 2012

Help for displaced Southwest Virginia miners announced by lawmakers

WASHINGTON —  A Virginia lawmaker is looking to provide resources for area coal miners displaced by recent mine closures and idlings.

U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., said today there are resources available for displaced miners, including health care and mental health treatment, education and job training, and services for miners who are also veterans.

Griffith said many miners in Virginia have been displaced as the result of Alpha Natural Resources curtailing coal operations in Kentucky in June, the idling of the Buchanan No. 1 mine in August, and more than 1,200 layoffs announced across West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania by Alpha on Sept. 18.

Miners and their family may call 276-525-1405 for more information on what resources are available to them.

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