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Alpha Natural Resources Recognized for Safety and Environmental Achievements

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Alpha Natural Resources Recognized for Safety and Environmental Achievements08:30 EDT Wednesday, April 18, 2012BRISTOL, Va., April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE:ANR), a leading U.S. coal supplier, announced that several of its operations have been recognized for their safety and reclamation achievements. The awards were received at recent events, including the 39th annual West Virginia Coal Association Mining Symposium held in Charleston, W.Va.Operations receiving 2011 Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Sentinel of Safety certificates include the following:Bens Creek #1 Deep Mine Double Diamond Deep Mine Hatfield Energy Deep Mine White Flame Surface Mine Black Bear Preparation Plant Kepler Processing Plant Litwar Processing Plant Stirrat Processing Plant Operations receiving the 2011 Mountaineer Guardian Safety awards include the following:Hatfield Energy Deep Mine White Flame Surface Mine Operations receiving 2011 West Virginia Reclamation awards include the following:Litwar Processing Plant Refuse Area - Coal Refuse Prep Plant Award Kingwood Mining Whitetail Mine - Underground Mine Reclamation Award "Our employees take pride in everything they do at work. These recognitions are validation that hard work pays off," said Frank Matras, president of Alpha's Brooks Run South Business Unit, located in southern West Virginia. "We are committed to Running Right, and that means having a safe work environment for miners and respecting the land by minimizing our impact on it."About Alpha Natural Resources With $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 www.alphanr.com.SOURCE Alpha Natural ResourcesFor further information: Rick Nida of Alpha Natural Resources, +1-276-739-5304, rnida@alphanr.com