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Honaker Awarded Funding for Rare Earth Pilot Facility

University of Kentucky (UK) Department of Mining Engineering Chair Rick Honaker has been awarded a grant of almost $1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory (DOE NETL) for the development of a pilot-plant facility to recover rare earth elements from coal.

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Leer, Holden 22 Top Winners in West Virginia Safety

Arch Coal’s Tygart Valley Leer complex and Phoenix Coal-Mac’s Holden No. 22 surface mine have taken home the annual Eustace E. Frederick Milestones of Safety Award and the Barton B. Lay Jr. Award, respectively, from the West Virginia Coal Association (WVCA) for outstanding workplace safety performances in 2015.

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VCEA Recognizes Excellence in Mining and Reclamation

Several awards for excellence in mining and reclamation were presented recently by the Virginia Coal and Energy Alliance (VCEA). Companies were nominated for the awards by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.

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ARIES Award Winners Announced

The Appalachian Research Initiative for Environmental Science (ARIES), a university consortium, managed at the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research, affiliated with Virginia Tech, presented its inaugural ARIES award to Leigh-Anne Krometis of the department of biological systems engineering and Emily Sarver of the department of mining and minerals engineering. Sarver and Krometis received the award due to the exemplary quality of their research and their research partnership, said John Craynon, Appalachian Research Initiative for Environmental Science project director.

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Kentucky DNR and the KCA Recognize Coal Operators

The Kentucky Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Kentucky Coal Association (KCA) recently recognized Alliance Resource (ARLP) and Armstrong Coal for reclamation work and safety achievements. The awards for exceptional mine safety in the Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement’s Madisonville district went to ARLP’s River View underground mine and Armstrong’s Equality surface mining operation.

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