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Community Interest Group To Host Bruceton Research Center Tour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

October 29, 1999

Energy and environmental research, mining technology, and industrial safety......are some of the Governmental activities that visitors to the Bruceton Research Center will see, firsthand, during a tour scheduled for Thursday, November 18, 1999. Local community officials and the general public are invited to the Center that is located on Cochrans Mill Road, near South Park. The Bruceton Research Center’s Community Interest Group (CIG) will host the tour.

Usually, the Center hosts an Open House every two or three years, always on a Saturday. However, this site tour will be a rare opportunity to visit the Center during normal working hours, and observe everyday operations.

Visitors will be transported to several areas of the site via minivans. The tour will include stops at chemical handling facilities, the leaching lab, an air-particle monitoring station, the mine equipment test facility, an underground experimental coal mine, and a dust lab. Some of these stops are normally closed during the Open Houses.

The Bruceton Research Center is a federal government site at which three agencies are located: the Federal Energy Technology Center (U.S. Department of Energy), the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control), and the Mine Safety & Health Administration (U.S. Department of Labor). Over one thousand government and contractor employees work at the Center.

The CIG is a partnership of the Center’s representatives, local community officials, and the general public. The CIG meets quarterly to discuss community issues of mutual interest.

Tour participants are asked to enter through the security gate on Wallace Road. The tour will commence from the main lobby of Building 922, where parking will be provided. Due to safety considerations, sandals or similar open-toed shoes are prohibited on the tours, which will start at 1:00 p.m. and conclude by 3:00 p.m.

Space is limited to a total of 24 participants, so reservations are required. To make reservations, please contact:

Ken Askew - (412) 386-6181, e-mail: askew@netl.doe.gov

The Federal Energy Technology Center (FETC), one of DOE’s major field organizations, manages and implements a broad spectrum of energy and environmental programs. FETC, which employs approximately 1,100 federal and support-service contractor employees at its two sites located in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Morgantown, W.Va., is the largest fossil energy research organization in the U.S.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health’s Pittsburgh Research Laboratory pursues an aggressive, innovative program to promote the health and safety of the Nation's miners. The research program is addressing a variety of mining problems including dust and toxic substances, prevention of disasters, hearing loss, and mining injuries. The Pittsburgh Research Laboratory has gained world-wide prominence in a number of areas of mining research expertise, in which advances continue to be made.

The Mine Safety & Health Administration’s Pittsburgh Safety and Health Technology Center provides engineering and scientific support in the enforcement of the Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. To accomplish this, the Center maintains a staff of approximately 100 engineers, scientists, and technicians working in all areas of mine health and safety. Areas of concern include mine ventilation, respirable dust control, strata control, structural engineering, control of physical and toxic agents, and electrical safety. The Center also maintains a mine emergency response capability to assist in mine rescue and recovery efforts nationwide.

- FETC-

For more information, contact:
Otis Mills - Public Information Officer, DOE Federal Energy Technology Center, 412/386-5890, e-mail mills@netl.doe.gov

Kenneth S. Askew - CIG Pittsburgh Coordinator , DOE Federal Energy Technology Center, 412/386-6181, e-mail askew@netl.doe.gov