The Harris No. 1 mine was nearing the end of its projected mining life and was scheduled for closure in 2011. “The decision accelerated this impending closing, and although earlier than we would have liked, it is the right decision considering conditions at the mine now and what we could experience in the coming months,” said CEO Richard M. Whiting. A limited number of personnel will remain at the mining operation to close and reclaim the mine site in accordance with state and federal regulations.

During mid-June, the Harris No. 1 mine suffered a major roof fall on its main line conveyor. There were no injuries as a result of this incident.