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Alpha Natural Resources' West Virginia Affiliates Recognized for Safety Performance Including Top Award for Surface Mining

Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE:ANR), a leading U.S. coal supplier, is pleased to announce that 10 mines and other facilities operated by its affiliates in West Virginia have been honored for outstanding safety achievements in 2012, including the state's top safety award for surface mining.

Nine operations received the Mountaineer Guardian safety award, while the Republic Energy Surface Mine was awarded the Bart B. Lay, Jr. Milestones of Safety award as the most outstanding surface mine in the state of West Virginia. All operations received the awards at the 40th annual West Virginia Mining symposium on March 7th in Charleston, W.Va.

The West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training along with the West Virginia Coal Association sponsor this award to promote safety in West Virginia coal mines. The award is presented to selected mines and mining-related entities that meet strict safety criteria. The award recognizes those organizations that manage fatality-free operations, superior internal safety programs, cooperative teaming with authorities and minimal safety violations.

The following Alpha-affiliated operations received the Mountaineer Guardian award:
Underground Operations
Brooks Run Mining Company, LLC, for the Cucumber Mine
Brooks Run Mining Company, LLC, for the Saylor B Mine
White Buck Coal Company for the Grassy Creek No. 1 Mine
White Buck Coal Company for the Hominy Creek Mine
Mammoth Coal Company for the Slabcamp Mine

Preparation Plant
Litwar Processing Company, LLC for the Litwar Processing Plant

Surface Operations
Highland Mining Company for the Reylas Surface Mine (Highland Mine)
White Flame Energy, Inc. for the Superior Surface Mine
Simmons Fork Mining, Inc. for the Ewing Fork No. 1 Mine (Pax Surface Mine)

Paul Vining, Alpha's president, said, "We congratulate our people and operations for their accomplishments in 2012. We are proud of our miners and the work they do every day. These awards underline how important safety is to Alpha and our culture."

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