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Alpha Natural Resources Affiliate Recognized for Safety Achievement

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Alpha Natural Resources Affiliate Recognized for Safety Achievement09:00 EST Tuesday, March 06, 2012BRISTOL, Va., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE:ANR), a leading U.S. coal supplier, today announced that one of its affiliates reached a safety milestone. The Belle Ayr mine achieved two years without a lost-time accident. This includes 1.3 million man-hours of safe work.  Belle Ayr is a surface mine located in Gillette, Wyoming. It produced 24.6 million tons of coal in 2011.  "This is a significant milestone that does not happen without the efforts of each and every one of the 400 employees," said Steve Rennell, Alpha Coal West Business Unit President.  "The achievement demonstrates the commitment and dedication to Running Right and toward a culture where safety is incorporated in all things we do." In addition to the no lost-time accident achievement, the mine also placed second in the State of Wyoming Mine Inspector Safety Award. This award recognizes operations for their safety performance over a 12-month period.About Alpha Natural Resources Alpha Natural Resources is one of America's premier coal suppliers with coal production capacity of greater than 120 million tons a year.  Alpha is the nation's leading supplier and exporter of metallurgical coal used in the steel-making process and is a major supplier of thermal coal to electric utilities and manufacturing industries.  More information about Alpha can be found on the company's Web site at     SOURCE Alpha Natural ResourcesFor further information: Rick Nida, +1-276-739-5304,