Presented by the Virginia Mining Association and the Division of Mined Land Reclamation, Paramont was awarded “The Best Post-Mining Land Use” for its work at the Hawk’s Nest Surface Mine near Prater, Va., where 1,000 acres of Buchanan County land has been reclaimed for homes and businesses. With easy access to the developing Coalfields Expressway and Poplar Gap Park, this land is fast developing into an area growth center.

The “Best Active Surface Mine” award was granted for Paramont’s Red Onion Surface Mining operation on 950 acres of land near Pound, Va. The operation is in an area previously used with surface and underground mining methods.

Several hundred feet of abandoned highwalls were eliminated with the current permit; multiple planned post-mining lands will include farm land, commercial development and fish and wildlife habitat. The company is working closely with the landowners for post-mining land usage.

“We care about the environment and are committed to doing what is right at all of our mining operations,” said Eddie Bateman, Alpha’s senior vice president of Southern Operations. “We congratulate our employees for a job well done.”