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GOV. CASEY HAILS TUNNELTON MINE AGREEMENT

 GOV. CASEY HAILS TUNNELTON MINE AGREEMENT
 HARRISBURG, Pa., July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Gov. Robert P. Casey today


hailed an agreement in principle between Mon Valley Steel Inc. and the Pennsylvania Power and Light Co. (NYSE: PPL) that will save the jobs of 250 miners at the Tunnelton Mine in Indiana and Westmoreland counties.
 The tentative agreement followed a meeting at the state Department of Labor and Industry, where representatives of Mon Valley Steel Inc., PP&L, and the United Mine Workers of America, District 5, met to conclude the agreement.
 "These three parties worked hard to reach this agreement over the past several weeks, and this was work well done," Casey said.
 "The agreement will mean saving the jobs of 250 workers and saving the livelihoods of 250 families in Indiana, Westmoreland and Allegheny counties."
 The mine, situated on the border of Westmoreland and Indiana counties, was closed last Friday but placed in "idle" status in the hope that a buyer would be found quickly.
 Under terms of the tentative agreement, Mon Valley Steel Inc. will purchase the mine and sell the coal to PP&L. Other details were unavailable pending finalizing of the agreement.
 State Reps. Joseph A. Petrarca (D-Westmoreland), Sara Steelman (D- Indiana) and Timothy L. Pesci (D-Armstrong) and state Sens. Eugene E. Porterfield (D-Westmoreland) and Patrick J. Stapleton (D-Indiana) worked with Labor and Industry Secretary Tom Foley and all parties to encourage the agreement.
 Casey praised the negotiators and thanked the state legislators who took a personal interest in achieving the tentative agreement.
 "I know all worked hard, even frantically, because they knew the stakes were high," the governor said. "They worked to save the jobs of working people."
 Casey has developed a number of programs and initiatives to aid the coal industry and coal miners. The Department of Labor and Industry established the Dislocated Coal Miners Project, the nation's first industry-wide program offering dislocated coal miners job training and other assistance.
 Since its creation in 1988, the program has provided more than $4 million in state and federal job training funds to assist approximately 1,100 former coal miners in 19 Pennsylvania counties.
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 /CONTACT: Jack McGettigan of the Department of Labor and Industry, 717-787-7530/
 (PPL) CO: Mon Valley Steel Inc.; Pennsylvania Power and Light Co.; Tunnelton
 Mine; Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry ST: Pennsylvania IN: MNG SU:


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