Alpha Natural Resources Provides Update On July 31 WARN Notifications

PR Newswire – BRISTOL, Va., Sept. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Updating its announcement of July 31, Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (ANR) today said that three of its operating affiliates have notified their employees that the coal mines where they work are being idled, resulting in job losses. In accordance with requirements of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, notifications had originally been issued July 31 at 11 different West Virginia mine sites, plus certain support operations, advising workers that their facilities were subject to being idled on Sept. 29 due to sustained weak market conditions and government regulations challenging the Central Appalachian mining industry. Independence Coal’s Twilight (Progress) surface mine in Boone County and Pioneer Fuels‘ Ewing Fork No. 1 (Pax) surface mine in Kanawha and Raleigh Counties will be idled immediately. Some 193 positions will be eliminated while approximately 35 employees will be retained to perform reclamation work and wind down operations to an idle state. The two mines will be maintained in a condition for the immediate future that will allow them to re-start should market conditions and coal demand improve.
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