At the end of November, Alpha Natural Resources announced its affiliate, Dickenson-Russell Coal Co., has idled the Moss No. 3 preparation plant in Russell County, Va. “We regret the need to idle the Moss No. 3 plant, but the volume of its raw coal supply has been significantly reduced over the last 12 to 18 months. Without its normal throughput inventory, the cost to operate the plant was not economically sustainable,” said Ron Patrick, president, Dickenson-Russell. The scheduled event will impact a total of 38 employees. Coal sales volumes will be unaffected by the plant shut down.