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Peabody US Mines receives national awards for safety and reclamation excellence

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World Coal,

Peabody was honoured this week with three national awards recognising the company's safety and land restoration efforts.

The Rawhide Mine Coal Processing Facility near Gillette, Wyo. received a prestigious Sentinels of Safety Award from the National Mining Association (NMA) for recording the most hours without a lost-time incident in the small coal processing category. Additionally, Kayenta Mine in Northeast Arizona and the former Vermillion Grove Mine in Ridge Farm, Ill. were recognised with National Awards from the US Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE).

"Safety and Sustainability are two of our core values, and while we emphasise safety and reclamation because they are the right thing to do, it is always a positive when our people are recognised for their hard work," said Kemal Williamson, President of US Operations. "These honours are well deserved, and we are proud of all our team members for their contributions."

Rawhide employs 110 people and 9.5 million t of coal were sold from the mine in 2018. In total, the mine generated US$160 million in direct and indirect economic benefits in 2018. This is the first time Rawhide's processing facility has received a Sentinels of Safety award, which was initiated in 1925 by then Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover, a former mining engineer. The award remains the nation's most prestigious recognition of mine safety and has helped foster a strong safety commitment on the part of US mines.

Kayenta was recognised by OSMRE for the successful reclamation of the former N11 pit. The reclaimed area covers 854 acres with adjacent steep red rock hills and low valleys. Use of the land today includes wildlife habitat, shrubs and woody plants. The Kayenta Mine ceased production earlier this year and is currently in reclamation.

Vermillion Grove was recognised by OSMRE for the successful reclamation of a former 88 acre refuse disposal area. The reclamation work included dewatering of slurry through the use of a filter press during coal production, effective grading and alkaline amendment to the coarse refuse material and an enhanced soil coverage plan. The area is now used for wildlife. The mine closed in 2009 and reclamation activities are ongoing at the site.

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