Awards- April 2017


Three Contura Operations Recognized for Safety and Health

Contura Energy reported that three affiliate operations have received the Mine Safety and Health Training Award from the Interstate Mining Compact Commission (IMCC). The awards were presented on April 4, 2017 in Williamsburg, Va. at the IMCC annual awards banquet. Dickenson-Russell Contura, LLC’s McClure River Plant and Paramont Contura, LLC’s Toms Creek Complex, were honored in the surface coal division, while Paramont Contura, LLC’s Deep Mine No. 41 received the award in the underground coal division.

Each year, the IMCC recognizes excellence in mine safety and health training programs and materials, with nominees considered on a variety of criteria related to promoting a safer work environment and addressing potential safety issues. Training materials are also evaluated on their uniqueness, ability to be easily understood by the workforce, and likelihood of increasing awareness of safety concepts and issues.

“Training and preparedness are critical parts of safe and successful operations,” said Allen Dupree, Contura’s senior vice president for safety and health. “Our safety and operations professionals are always seeking opportunities to sharpen their skills and increase the safety of their work locations. Congratulations go out to everyone at Toms Creek Complex, McClure River Plant, and Deep Mine No. 41 on this well-deserved recognition.”

Toms Creek Complex and McClure River Plant received the coal surface award for their recent hazard training brochures, which include aerial views of plant buildings and location references to first aid supplies, and water access, as well as fuel and chemical storage.

Deep Mine 41 received the coal underground award for its annual retraining materials, which includes an interactive PowerPoint presentation with visual and audio representations of important safety warnings and alarms used at the mine.


Awards- March 2017- NASLR Hands Out Awards for Land Reclamation

The National Association of State Land Reclamationists (NASLR) gave out awards at its annual conference held last fall in Bozeman, Montana.

NASLR awards a $1,500 scholarship to a full-time student that focuses on the area of mined land reclamation or a closely related field. The 2016 scholarship was awarded to Florence Miller who just started her graduate work at Montana State University to pursue a master’s degree in land resources and environmental sciences. She conducted her undergraduate studies at California Polytechnic State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Soil Science. For her thesis, she will be examining the potential sources of uranium that currently contaminate drinking water on the Crow Reservation in Montana.

The 2016 Dean Spindler Reclamationist of the Year award winner was Daniel Kestner with the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy. He is the consummate professional in GIS and mapping applications related to mine land reclamation. The Dean Spindler Reclamationist of the Year award was established to recognize exemplary work done by state regulatory professionals in the field of mined land reclamation.

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