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Alpha Natural Resources' Affiliates Recognized for Environmental Achievements

Monday, April 02, 2012

Alpha Natural Resources' Affiliates Recognized for Environmental Achievements08:00 EDT Monday, April 02, 2012BRISTOL, Va., April 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE:ANR), a leading U.S. coal supplier, is pleased to announce that several of its operating affiliates have been recognized for their environmental accomplishments. The awards were presented by the Virginia Mining Association and the Virginia Division of Mined Land Reclamation at an annual dinner on Saturday, March 31, held in Norton, Va.  Operations receiving awards include the following:Maggard Branch Coal, LLC's Osaka Imboden mine has been named the Best Active Deep Mine in Virginia for 2011. It was recognized for its drainage and erosion control as well its work to minimize dust;  Paramont Coal Company Virginia, LLC's South Fork surface mine was named the Best Active Surface Mine in Virginia for 2011 for its contouring, re-grading, application of topsoil, and re-vegetation reclamation work; and    Paramont Coal received the 10-year Legacy Award for its work to restore mine property to hayland pasture. The Legacy Award recognizes visual appearance and how well the post-mining land use was accomplished years after closing."We are committed to being good environmental stewards in the communities in which our mining operations are located," said Blake Hall, Alpha's Business Unit President for Virginia operations.  He continued, "We take pride in our efforts and these awards are confirmation that post-mining land can be fully restored and returned to an attractive and useful state.  We are honored to receive the recognition." About Alpha Natural ResourcesWith $7.1 billion in total revenue in 2011, Alpha Natural Resources ranks as America's second-largest coal producer by revenue and third-largest by production. Alpha is the nation's largest supplier of metallurgical coal used in the steel-making process and is a major supplier of thermal coal to electric utilities and manufacturing industries. In 2011 the company had more than 200 customers on five continents. More information about Alpha can be found on the company's Web site at Alpha Natural ResourcesFor further information: Rick Nida of Alpha Natural Resources, +1-276-739-5304,