The West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection (DEP) presented Coal-Mac’s Phoenix 3 with the 2011 Greenlands Award for overall outstanding environmental performance and achievement in surface mine reclamation. This marks Coal-Mac’s fourth time to claim the top Greenlands Award and the ninth time that an Arch subsidiary has earned the honor.
The West Virginia DEP also presented a statewide reclamation award to Arch Coal’s Mingo Logan Coal Company and its Mountain Laurel complex for exceptional environmental care associated with the conveyor extension at the Daniel Hollow Coarse Refuse Handling Facility. By using innovative drainage and material handling design, Mountain Laurel installed a refuse conveyor system that allows environmentally sound and cost-effective fill construction.
In addition to earning two state environmental awards, Arch subsidiaries garnered five West Virginia state safety awards. The following five operations and facilities achieved Mountaineer Guardian Awards for exemplary safety records achieved during calendar year 2011: Mingo Logan’s Mountain Laurel Cardinal prep plant; Eastern’s Birch River mine and prep plant; and Wolf Run’s Imperial and Sentinel mines.
“Our men and women in West Virginia have achieved the state’s top awards for their unwavering focus on safety and environmental care,” said John W. Eaves, president and COO, Arch Coal. “We’re honored to lead our diversified coal industry peers in safety and environmental performance and to strive for continuous improvement year after year.”