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Alpha Natural Resources' Mine Rescue Teams Take Top Honors at West Virginia Contest

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Alpha Natural Resources' Mine Rescue Teams Take Top Honors at West Virginia Contest08:30 EDT Tuesday, May 15, 2012BRISTOL, Va., May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE: ANR), a leading U.S. coal supplier, is pleased to announce the results of the West Virginia Alliance Mine Rescue Skills Contest.Fifty-six teams participated in the event held last week at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy near Beckley, W.Va. The contest was divided into two divisions. Mine rescue teams of Alpha-affiliated companies participated in the Division II competition, which is for teams with more than three years of experience. Alpha teams placed in the first seven spots in Division II overall, the first six spots in smoke and firefighting, and the first five spots in first aid and preliminaries, which includes gas testing, benching of the apparatus and a written test. Alpha teams finished 2nd and 3rd in the mine rescue field problem. "Mine rescue teams go above and beyond the call of duty. They give their all whether in a contest or in a real-life incident. We are so proud of the work they do and congratulate them for a job well done," said Brian Keaton, assistant vice-president, safety and health.Results of the competition are listed below:Division II Overall1st Alpha Rocksprings Gold 2nd Alpha Kingston White 3rd Alpha Southern WV CRE 4th Alpha Rocksprings Blue 5th Alpha Brooks Run South 6th Alpha Cumberland JC 7th Alpha Maxxim Shared Blue Division II Smoke/Firefighting1st  Alpha Kingston White 2nd Alpha Rocksprings Gold 3rd Alpha Rocksprings Blue 4th Alpha Emerald Blue 5th Alpha Cobra 6th Alpha Maxxim Shared Blue Division II First Aid/Preliminaries1st Alpha Rocksprings Gold 2nd Alpha Southern WV CRE 3rd Alpha Kingston White 4th Alpha Cumberland JC 5th Alpha Brooks Run South Division II Mine Rescue Field2nd Alpha Rocksprings Gold 3rd Alpha Maxxim Shared Blue 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 www.alphanr.com.  SOURCE Alpha Natural ResourcesFor further information: Rick Nida, +1-276-739-5304, rnida@alphanr.com