Enterprise Mining Company Honored with Kentucky Underground Mine Safety Award

ABINGDON, Va., Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE:ANR), one of the nation's leading coal suppliers, is pleased to announce that one of its affiliates, Enterprise Mining Company (Enterprise), was recently presented with an underground safety award.  The award recognizes a mining operation with the best safety record in the Hazard, Kentucky district. The Kentucky office of Mine Safety and the Kentucky Coal Association sponsored the award. The award was presented at the Kentucky Coal Association's annual meeting in Lexington, Kentucky.

Enterprise had no lost-time or reportable injuries during 2010, which was the timeframe for the award. Enterprise also had the best compliance record with Kentucky mine safety regulations. Enterprise operates two mines and employs approximately 90 people.

"Our commitment to safety is the number one priority," said Eddie Bateman, Senior Vice President of Alpha's Virginia and Kentucky operations. "We are pleased to see these employees recognized for their hard work and commitment to Running Right every day.  This award helps provide validation for their efforts."

About Alpha Natural Resources

Alpha Natural Resources is one of America's premier coal suppliers with affiliate coal production capacity of greater than 120 million tons a year. Alpha is the nation's leading supplier and exporter of metallurgical coal used in the steel-making process and is a major supplier of thermal coal to electric utilities and manufacturing industries across the country. The company, through its affiliates, employs approximately 14,000 people and operates more than 150 mines and 40 coal preparation facilities in Appalachia and the Powder River Basin. More information about Alpha can be found on the company's Web site at www.alphanr.com.

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SOURCE Alpha Natural Resources

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