Any anticipated restart date is unknown and remains subject to coal market demands, according to James River officials. In all, the McCoy Elkhorn, Bledsoe, and Long Branch mines will be idled along with prep plants.

James River Coal Co. is a top producer in Central Appalachia and the Illinois Basin selling metallurgical, bituminous steam and industrial-grade coal to electric utility companies and industrial customers domestically and internationally. Its operations are managed through eight subsidiaries throughout eastern Kentucky, southern West Virginia and southern Indiana.