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Alpha Takes Top Honors at Governor’s Cup

Alpha Maxxim Shared Services’ Blue team was the overall winner at the 31st annual Governor’s Cup Mine Rescue and Safety Contest held in early June at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. A total of seven teams competed in the event, co-hosted by the Virginia Coal and Energy Alliance (VCEA), Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

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Arch Coal’s Thunder Basin Earns Reclamation Honor

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has bestowed its top honor for reclamation excellence, the 2015 State of Wyoming Reclamation Award, to Arch Coal’s Thunder Basin Coal Co.

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Alpha’s Paramont Coal Earns Reclamation Honor

The Interstate Mining Compact Commission (IMCC) has handed down its 2016 National Reclamation Award to Alpha Natural Resources’ Paramont Coal for its work at the Hawks Nest surface reclamation project in Virginia. The Buchanan County site had been a pre-law surface operation near Grundy, where active mining began again in 2004. The current Hawks Nest development has a business park, Southern Gap, with industrial and business sites as well as a growing residential area. Recreation areas such as the Poplar Gap community park, athletic fields, and a large playground and gymnasium are also at the site. At the start of Paramont’s reclamation, the Virginia Industrial Development Authority (IDA) had just five acres of land for potential development in the entire county. The agency found the operator had the “the ability or foresight” for the project, which is now more than 1,100 acres.

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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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