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Alpha Natural Resources applauds affiliates mine safety recognition

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Alpha Natural Resources congratulates the outstanding safety performance of eleven affiliate operations in West Virginia that were honoured for safety achievements in 2015 by the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training.

The eleven Alpha affiliates received the Mountaineer Guardian Safety Award, presented to selected mines and mining-related entities that meet strict safety performance criteria.

The award recognises organisations with fatality-free operations, superior internal safety programmes, cooperative teaming with authorities and minimal safety violations.

“These are outstanding achievements by our miners," said Allen Dupree, Alpha's Senior Vice President of Running Right and Safety. "In light of the difficult market conditions that continue to face our industry, these mining professionals have demonstrated tremendous focus and attention – not only to their own safety, but the safety of their fellow employees."

The following operations in West Virginia received the 2015 Mountaineer Guardian award:

Underground operations

  • Brooks Run Mining Co. – Horse Creek #1
  • Brooks Run Mining Co. – Lower War Eagle
  • Aracoma Coal Co. – Cedar Grove 2
  • Aracoma Coal Co – Hernshaw mine
  • Marfork Coal Co. Inc. – Allen Powellton
  • Mammoth Coal Co. Inc. – Slabcamp

Surface operations

  • Brooks Run Mining Co. LLC – Seven Pines
  • Republic Energy Inc. – Workman Creek

Preparation plants and loadouts

  • Kepler Processing Co. LLC – Kepler No. 1 Prep. plant
  • Power Mountain Coal Co. – Power Mountain Processing
  • Litwar Processing Co. LLC – Litwar Preparation plant
  • Two of the Alpha-affiliated award recipients are multiple winners of the Mountaineer Guardian Safety Award. The Litwar Processing plant has won the honour five of the last six years and the Lower War Eagle mine has received the award for the last three years in a row.

    The West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training and the West Virginia Coal Association co-sponsor the awards to promote safety in West Virginia coal mines and facilities.

    Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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