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MAY 2019

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May 2019 11 u.s. news continued Ramaco Resources appointed Jeremy Sussman as CFO. Randall Atkins, executive chairman who has also been serving as the CFO since July 1, 2018, will step down as CFO, effective upon Sussman's appointment. Atkins will continue to serve as the executive chair- man. Most recently, Sussman served as managing director of min- ing and metals at Clarksons Platou Securities. Randall Atkins, chairman and CEO of Ramaco Carbon, has been elected vice chairman for the remainder of this year and chair-elect for 2020 of the National Coal Council (NCC) in Washington D.C. Atkins was originally appointed to the NCC by U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in 2017. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) researcher Emily Haas, Ph.D., has been a finalist for the 2019 Samuel J. Hey- man Service to America Medals (Sammies) in the Safety and Law Enforcement category. Dr. Haas is an internationally recognized behavior- al scientist in the NIOSH Mining Program whose research and leadership have directly contributed to preventing occupational illness and injury in the mining industry. Haas, an employee in the Human Factors Branch of NIOSH's Pittsburgh Mining Research Division, studies organizational culture and risk management in areas specific to leadership in order to uncover ways to strengthen safety culture in mining workplaces. The Austin Powder Co. presented Technical Manager John Capers with the Lifetime Achieve- ment Award from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Mineral Resources Management. During his 42-year career at Aus- tin Powder, he has been responsible for training more than 1,100 new blasters globally. Dyno Nobel appointed Mike Rispin as vice pres- ident of underground. He has 32 years of experi- ence and began his career in the explosives in- dustry and held leadership positions with DuPont of Canada, ETI and The Austin Powder Co. At the May 20 Tug Valley Mining Institute (TVMI) dinner meeting, six 2019 scholarship recipients were awarded. The $8,000 David B. Akers Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Payton Fitchpatrick, Tug Valley High; the $8,000 Raymond J. Scites Honorary Scholarship Award was awarded to Ashley Harrison, Bel- fry High. Four $1,000 scholarships were awarded to Jarrett Bra- nham, Pike Central; Seth Jude, Mingo Central; Jon T. Mills, Belfry High; and Logan Varney, Pike Central. The guest speaker was Jeff Wilson, White Forest Resources CEO. Wilson encouraged the students to have no fear and embrace each path with enthusiasm. Rish Equipment sponsored the meet- ing and has been a longtime supporter of the scholarship program. Over the last 23 years, TVMI has awarded 136 students $333,250 in scholarship money. The TVMI scholarship is open to students from Mingo, Logan, Wayne, Pike, and Martin counties. The applications are available in November and may be obtained from Marsha Williams at the First National Bank of Williamson or from a TVMI board member. p e o p l e i n t h e n e w s pits, haul road construction and oth- er mine-related activities. In addition, DEQ conducted a Cu- mulative Hydrologic Impact Assess- ment, which identified the possibility that mining near the northwestern border of the project could impact groundwater outside the proposed permit boundary. Because of the potential risk to groundwater, DEQ partially disapproved permitting of 74 acres (2.2 million tons of coal re- serves) of the proposed expansion. The DEQ said if the mine oper- ator demonstrates, through addi- tional studies, that mining could be accomplished without damaging the groundwater, it could potentially per- mit future coal mining in the area. Almost of all Rosebud's current production goes to the Colstrip Power Station. It is currently under two long- term contracts with the plant. IP&L Signs New Coal Supply Contract The cold winter of 2018-2019 prompt- ed Indianapolis Power & Light Co. to enter into a new coal supply contract. The Indiana Office of Utility Consum- er Counselor (OUCC) said in a regu- latory filing that the AES Corp. sub- sidiary currently is buying steam coal from up to eight mines owned by four Indiana suppliers, Peabody Energy, Sunrise Coal, Alliance Resource Part- ners. He did not release details of the new contract and IP&L officials could not be reached for comment. It appears the decision to purchase additional coal for the winter may have been one of necessity. This past winter was one of the coldest in the Indianap- olis area of central Indiana in the past two decades. In all, the Indianapolis area experienced 23 days in November below normal temperatures. Decem- ber and January were not much better. Pictured from left to right: Ray Scites, TVMI treasurer; Jeff Wilson, White Forest Resources; Seth Jude; Payton Fitchpatrick; Bud Baldwin, TVMI president; Ashley Harrison; Jarrett Branham; Logan Varney. (Not pictured was Jon T. Mills.) Randall Atkins Emily Haas Mike Rispin John Capers

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