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Peabody Energy Earns Dual Honors for Environmental Leadership in Western Kentucky

Peabody Energy earned two environmental honors from the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Kentucky Coal Association for the company’s restoration of about 850 acres near Wheatcroft, Ky., that has resulted in the creation of pasture for livestock and thriving habitats for fish and wildlife.
The Department of Natural Resources 2010 Commissioner’s Award of Excellence in Reclamation recognized Peabody’s outstanding work to restore the former underground mine surface lands in Webster and Union counties. The Kentucky Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement nominated Peabody, citing the company’s exceptional work and environmental commitment in restoring the site that Peabody acquired but never mined.

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Two Westmoreland Mines Receive Montana Governor’s Award for Health and Safety

Westmoreland Coal Co. announced two of its mining operations received the Montana Governor’s Award for Health and Safety. The Absaloka mine, a 15,000-acre single pit surface mine complex located near Hardin, Mont., received the Governor’s Award in the Large Mining category, while the Savage mine, an 874-acre single pit surface mine located on the Montana-North Dakota border in Sidney, Mont., received the Governor’s Award in the Small Mining category.

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Arch Coal’s Skyline Mine Earns Multi-State RMCMI Safety Award

Arch Coal, Inc. announced its Skyline mine has earned top honors for underground mine safety among an eight-state region for a fourth consecutive year. The Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute awarded the employees of Skyline mine with the 2010 Safety Award for underground mines due to an outstanding and ongoing safety performance achieved during calendar year 2009.

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Arch Coal’s Thunder Basin Coal Earns National Award for Public Outreach

The Interstate Mining Compact Commission (IMCC) selected Thunder Basin for its multi-faceted educational efforts to effectively reach people in the local community, the state and the nation. Thunder Basin has had involvement in state and national advertising campaigns that promote mining and reclamation. They have done extensive educational programs with schools including presentations at local high schools, specialized school tours, and hosted HawkQuest, a falconer group, at Campbell County Schools for two consecutive years.

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Xcel Energy’s Tolk Coal Plant & Related Savage Operation Named PRB Coal Users’ Plant of the Year

Savage Companies announced Xcel Energy’s Roy Tolk Station and Savage’s Tolk energy services group have been co-awarded the Powder River Basin Coal User’s Group’s “Plant of the Year” for 2010, citing the teams’ overall safe operations, environmental diligence, continual improvement and dedication to best practices. The award to both Xcel Energy’s Tolk Station and Savage will be presented at a Power Plant Awards Banquet in Baltimore, Md., on May 17. The Tolk Station was one of four plants considered for the award.

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