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Alpha’s Paramont Coal Earns Reclamation Honor

The Interstate Mining Compact Commission (IMCC) has handed down its 2016 National Reclamation Award to Alpha Natural Resources’ Paramont Coal for its work at the Hawks Nest surface reclamation project in Virginia. The Buchanan County site had been a pre-law surface operation near Grundy, where active mining began again in 2004. The current Hawks Nest development has a business park, Southern Gap, with industrial and business sites as well as a growing residential area. Recreation areas such as the Poplar Gap community park, athletic fields, and a large playground and gymnasium are also at the site. At the start of Paramont’s reclamation, the Virginia Industrial Development Authority (IDA) had just five acres of land for potential development in the entire county. The agency found the operator had the “the ability or foresight” for the project, which is now more than 1,100 acres.

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Honaker Awarded Funding for Rare Earth Pilot Facility

University of Kentucky (UK) Department of Mining Engineering Chair Rick Honaker has been awarded a grant of almost $1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory (DOE NETL) for the development of a pilot-plant facility to recover rare earth elements from coal.

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Leer, Holden 22 Top Winners in West Virginia Safety

Arch Coal’s Tygart Valley Leer complex and Phoenix Coal-Mac’s Holden No. 22 surface mine have taken home the annual Eustace E. Frederick Milestones of Safety Award and the Barton B. Lay Jr. Award, respectively, from the West Virginia Coal Association (WVCA) for outstanding workplace safety performances in 2015.

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VCEA Recognizes Excellence in Mining and Reclamation

Several awards for excellence in mining and reclamation were presented recently by the Virginia Coal and Energy Alliance (VCEA). Companies were nominated for the awards by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.

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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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