Alpha’s Paramont Coal Earns Reclamation Honor
- Published: Tuesday, 24 May 2016 14:54
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.