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ARIES Award Winners Announced

The Appalachian Research Initiative for Environmental Science (ARIES), a university consortium, managed at the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research, affiliated with Virginia Tech, presented its inaugural ARIES award to Leigh-Anne Krometis of the department of biological systems engineering and Emily Sarver of the department of mining and minerals engineering. Sarver and Krometis received the award due to the exemplary quality of their research and their research partnership, said John Craynon, Appalachian Research Initiative for Environmental Science project director.

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Kentucky DNR and the KCA Recognize Coal Operators

The Kentucky Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Kentucky Coal Association (KCA) recently recognized Alliance Resource (ARLP) and Armstrong Coal for reclamation work and safety achievements. The awards for exceptional mine safety in the Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement’s Madisonville district went to ARLP’s River View underground mine and Armstrong’s Equality surface mining operation.

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Scholarship for Mining Given Out at ICGCM

The 2015 Kazem Oraee Scholarship for Mining award ($5,000) to promote underground mining engineering and more specifically, the ground control discipline, was presented at the International Conference on Ground Control in Mining (ICGCM) to Christopher Newman (WVU). He is working toward his doctorate degree at the University of Kentucky.

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Winners of Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Awards Are Announced

The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) announced the winners of the 2015 Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Awards, which honor the highest quality projects across the nation to reclaim abandoned coal mines. The Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Awards recognize outstanding abandoned mine land reclamation projects carried out in the United States.

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Cordero Rojo Earns Federal Reclamation Honor

Cloud Peak Energy’s (CPE) Cordero Rojo surface complex in Wyoming has been given the 2015 Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Award from the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), its fourth in six years.

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