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Alpha Natural Resources Publishes First Sustainability Report

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Alpha Natural Resources Publishes First Sustainability Report08:30 EDT Wednesday, May 16, 2012BRISTOL, Va., May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE:ANR), a leading U.S. coal supplier, is pleased to announce the publication of its first sustainability report, "Fueling Progress."  The report, developed through consultation with key stakeholders, focuses on issues of economic, social and environmental performance?each of which is critical to the company's ability to continue to grow and thrive. "The engagement process has given our stakeholders?employees, customers, suppliers, regulators, community members and shareholders?an opportunity to better understand how Alpha works and a voice in the reporting process," said Phil Cavatoni, Alpha's executive vice president and chief strategy officer.  "In order to succeed, we need to operate with respect and attention to all stakeholders."The report provides insight into the company's culture and integration process following the acquisition of Massey Energy Company in mid-2011. It also documents Alpha's progress in the following performance arenas:Empowering every Alpha employee to be part of creating a safer, better workplace through the company's signature Running Right process; Working to be responsible stewards of the environment by minimizing impacts on land, water, and air; and Investing in, supporting, and responding cooperatively to the communities where it operates. "At Alpha, we believe there is a higher purpose to what we do: we are enablers of prosperity.  We are fueling progress around the world," said Kevin Crutchfield, Alpha's chief executive officer.  "Coal is an affordable, abundant energy source that plays a key role in providing electricity and steel.  Access to reliable, affordable electricity and products produced with steel have the profound impact of improving the lives of individuals across the world.  For these reasons, Alpha and the entire coal industry need to continue to operate in a sustainable manner." To view an online copy of Alpha's 2011 Sustainability Report, click here visit the home page of the company's website.Feedback regarding the current report may be submitted online to     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 Alpha Natural ResourcesFor further information: Rick Nida, +1-276-739-5304,