Generic Mineral Technology Center for Respirable Dust (GMTCRD)

A completed program of NRCCE

Mission: The Generic Mineral Technology Center for Respirable Dust (GMTCRD) was established in 1983 and given the mandate to enhance the health, safety, and productivity of miners through advancing the fundamental understanding of all aspects of respirable dust associated with mining, milling, and the interaction of dust with lungs to reduce the incidence of disease

Background: The National Academy of Science conducted a study in the late 1970’s on the measurement and control of respirable dust in the mining industry. The Academy’s findings suggested that the number of deaths from black lung had declined, but there were still many unresolved issues and unanswered questions with respect to the disease. The Academy charged the U.S. Bureau of Mines to conduct research in order to obtain fundamental knowledge regarding the origin, transport, and characteristics of respirable dust. The Center was composed of five members–Pennsylvania State University (co-lead), West Virginia University (co-lead), University of Minnesota (associate), Michigan Technological University (associate), and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (associate).

Funding Agency: Former U.S. Bureau of Mines

Funding Amount: (WVU portion) $10,900,000

Funding Dates: 1983-2000


WVU GMTCRD Publications

WVU GMTCRD Final Report