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Emerald Mine Resumes Production

ABINGDON, Va., Dec 1, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Emerald Coal Resources, LP, an affiliate of Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE: ANR), said that it had resumed production at the Emerald longwall mine near Waynesburg, Pa. The Emerald mine experienced a roof fall on Nov. 18. The roof fall disabled the mine's main conveyor line and shut down coal production. No employees were injured during the roof fall or the repair efforts. There were no interruptions to customer shipments as the mine made deliveries from available inventory.

Kurt Kost, Alpha's president, said, "The outstanding efforts of employees allowed repairs to be made safely and in less time than we had originally anticipated. I am pleased to report that the longwall resumed normal operation over the weekend. The mine is a valuable resource, and we look forward to continuing to meet customer expectations for Pitt #8 high BTU coal."

About Alpha Natural Resources

Alpha Natural Resources is one of America's premier coal suppliers with affiliate coal production capacity of more than 90 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 6,200 people and operates more than 60 mines and 14 coal preparation facilities in the regions of Northern and Central Appalachia and the Powder River Basin. More information about Alpha can be found on the company's Web site at

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