“We are very pleased with the timing of this approval from MSHA as we received it earlier than anticipated and enables us to further enhance our efficiencies at our McCoy Elkhorn operations,” said Mark Jensen, CEO of American Resources. “Additionally, we’re proud of our strong working relationship with federal and state regulators, and our team prides itself on operating under a culture of safety and efficiency.

“This approval also exemplifies how we strive to be one of the lowest-cost producer in the metallurgical and specialty coal market.”

Jensen said the company will continue to identify other areas of operational efficiency in its continuing goal to be one of the lowest cost operators in Central Appalachia and throughout all its coal mining, processing and transportation operations.