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Dickenson-Russell Coal Company to Idle Coal Preparation Plant

ABINGDON, Va., Nov. 12, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE: ANR), a leading U.S. coal producer, today announced that its affiliate, Dickenson-Russell Coal Company, LLC (Dickenson-Russell), is idling the Moss #3 Preparation Plant in Russell County, Virginia, effective Nov. 30.  The scheduled idling will impact a total of 38 employees.  Coal sales volumes will be unaffected by the plant shut down.

Ron Patrick, President of Dickenson-Russell, said, "We regret the need to idle the Moss #3 Plant, but the volume of its raw coal supply has been significantly reduced over the last twelve to eighteen months.  Without its normal throughput inventory, the cost to operate the plant was not economically sustainable."

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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 6,400 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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