Critical habitat studies and research have been conducted with their participation in Wyoming sage grouse efforts. Other educational efforts include sponsoring an ongoing Teacher Achievement Award program that annually honors 10 Wyoming teachers, hosting an annual luncheon for neighboring ranchers and their families, as well as countless hours volunteering in the community and providing public mine tours.

“It is a great honor for Thunder Basin to be selected for its excellence in public outreach,” said John W. Eaves, president and COO, Arch Coal. “We’re especially honored to be chosen from such a large pool of well-deserving organizations for the prestigious IMCC award. Going that extra mile is an important part of our company’s responsible culture.”

Thunder Basin operates two large-scale surface mines located in the Powder River Basin in Campbell County, Wyo. Thunder Basin’s 1,800-strong workforce at Black Thunder and Coal Creek mines produce more than 12% of the U.S. coal supply each year.