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JUN 2017

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14 June 2017 news continued The American Coal Council reiterated statements made by the president and said the agreement put America at a com- petitive disadvantage and the nation's energy resources "under lock and key." "America is an environmental leader and the administration's decision does not diminish that," the statement from the Ameri- can Coal Council said. "Technology and innovation have resulted in tremendous air quality improvements, including from our na- tion's coal-fueled power plants. More than 90% of the existing coal fleet is equipped with advanced emissions controls." NMA Urges Reform of Broken Program for Abandoned Coal Mines The chief executive of the national trade association representing the U.S. coal industry recently told a congressional panel that the federal program funded by the coal industry to help clean up old abandoned coal mines has been plagued by an inefficient struc- ture and lax management leading to billions of dollars spent for other purposes. "Of the almost $11 billion that the coal industry has paid into the Abandoned Mine Lands fund since its inception in 1977, only $2.8 billion of the $8.5 billion spent to date from the fund has result- ed in the reclamation of priority coal abandoned mine sites," said National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn. Testifying June 7 before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, Quinn said the $5.7 billion gap between expenditures and actual reclamation reveals that only one of ev- ery three dollars has been spent on the priority coal AML lands. From the information available from the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement, Quinn said, "It is difficult if not impossible to account for this $5.7 billion gap. This is not only a financial gap but a credibility gap for the program." Quinn cited findings from the National Academy of Scienc- es, the Department of the Interior's inspector general and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in summarizing what he considered serious and persistent shortcomings in a program failing to deliver better results on its core mission. Quinn noted that the program structure has been divided into too many com- peting buckets of money leading to the diversion of substantial sums to non-core purposes. "We need fewer buckets scooping up and diverting money and more focus on the top priority coal AML projects," Quinn stated. Lax oversight has further enabled the suboptimal results, according to Quinn. With the 45-year old AML tax on the coal industry expiring in 2021, Quinn recommended that planning begin now for an or- derly distribution of the remaining funds to non-certified states with assurances they are spent wisely on priority coal abandoned mined lands. Contura Gets a Bump From Improved Met Pricing In its preliminary first quarter earnings statement, Contura Ener- gy reported coal revenues of $508.9 million, with Central Appala- chia (CAPP) accounting for $148.7 million and Trading and Logis- tics accounting for $166.7 million. On the thermal side, Northern Appalachia (NAPP) revenue totaled $97.7 million and the Powder River Basin (PRB) generated $95.8 million in coal sales. For the first quarter, CAPP metallurgical coal shipments were 1.1 million tons at an average price of $140.54/ton. Contura ASTM International Gives Out RA Glenn Award Stephen R. Smith, engineering manager for Coalsmith Consultants, in Hixson, Tennessee, has received the R.A. Glenn Award from ASTM In- ternational's Committee on Coal and Coke. The committee recognized Smith for his outstanding service and active participation in the work of the Committee on Coal and Coke, as well as the deep appreciation from the officers and members for his efforts and accomplishments. He has been a member of the Committee on Coal and Coke since 1987. Smith, engineering manager for Coalsmith Consultants, previously worked for Tennessee Valley Authority as a senior chemist, in Chat- tanooga, Tennessee. He received a bachelor's degree in chemistry, as well as a master's degree in engineering management, both from the University of Tennessee, in Chattanooga. Arch Coal Honors Teachers in Wyoming and West Viriginia Arch Coal recently named 10 outstanding classroom teachers in Wy- oming and West Virginia as recipients of the prestigious Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award. Each teacher was honored at a special assembly held in front of students, peers, family and friends at his or her individual school. "A state cannot have high-achieving students without first having excellent classroom teachers who make a difference in children's lives every day," said John W. Eaves, CEO, Arch Coal. "This year's Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award recipients represent the many outstanding educators who strive daily to mold our future leaders and to inspire them to live up to their highest potential. We are pleased to recognize these educators for their significant and valuable contributions, and we congratulate them on their professionalism, commitment to high standards and unflagging enthusiasm for educating students." The public nominates teachers for the annual award, and a panel of past award recipients selects the top 10 from each state among all those completing the application process. In addition to the public recognition, each teacher is presented with a personal cash award and a distinctive trophy. Tug Valley Mining Institute Awards Annual Scholarships On May 18 at the Tug Valley Mining Institute (TVMI) dinner meeting, six 2017 scholarships were awarded. The two top $8,000 scholarships were awarded to Megan Cooper, Belfry High, and Aerianna McClanah- an, Mingo Central. Four $1,000 scholarships were awarded to Brandon Booth, Belfry High; McKenzie Bentley, Phelps High; Ashton Sparks, Lo- gan High; and Camron Sweat, Logan High. The guest speaker was Dr. Jerome Gilbert, president of Marshall University. Dr. Gilbert discussed the many opportunities available at Marshall, including several initiatives in the southern West Virginia area with local schools and colleges. JH Fletcher Mining Machinery sponsored the meeting and has been a long-time supporter of the scholarship program. Over the last 19 years, TVMI has awarded 123 students $288,250 in scholarship money. The TVMI scholarship is open to students from Mingo, Logan, Wayne, Pike, and Martin counties. The applications are available in November of each year. % a w a r d s

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