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Cadiz Mine Safety Training Center stays open

Updated: Friday, February 28 2014, 06:39 PM EST

HARRISON COUNTY, Ohio -- Over the past few months, there has been much speculation regarding the Mine Safety Training Center in Cadiz, whether it was closing down, or staying open and getting a two-year extension.

News9 talked to Mark Bruce, the spokesman for Ohio Department of Natural Resources, to get to the bottom of what's going on at the center and also to get a tour.

The Mine Safety Training Center is not closing; however, ODNR contacted the state of Ohio and they did some inspections on the training center, and found a few issues with the simulator inside.

"ODNR wanted to purchase this building," Bruce said. "We had plans we had some good ideas for what could be done to continue to offer mine training that is crucial to keep the miners in Ohio safe.”

He said they found that the simulator was not safe to train miners.

As part of ODNR’s effort to buy it, they realized that the simulator eventually had to come down, and they will temporarily not have a mine simulator.

Bruce said they signed a two-year lease and continue to use the offices and training classrooms, to continue to offer the crucial mine safety training that is required by state law.

"What’s also happening right now is we are in negotiations between Ohio and the person that leases this building from the village, to lease the land out back where we do the actual safety training competitions,” Bruce said.

But the main focus is getting the simulator inside taken down.

Since this building has been here they train about 2,500 miners a year, and having the simulator is just a step above and that is the reason why they’re trying to identify funding to build a new simulator.

And when they do, it will be built to code.

Bruce explained the plywood where the simulator is located is still in great shape and it's actually going to be auctioned off for people who want it.

He said they want to reuse and save as much money as they can, when they take that mine simulator down.

Cadiz Mine Safety Training Center stays open

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