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Arch Coal’s Black Thunder Mine Awarded 2018 Wyoming DEQ Reclamation Award

Coal News - Published on Tue, 16 Jul 2019

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Arch Coal Inc announced that Thunder Basin Coal Company's Black Thunder Mine was honoured by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality with its 2018 Wyoming DEQ Reclamation Award. Mr Paul A Lang, Arch's President and Chief Operating Officer, said that "This is a great honour for the men and women at the Black Thunder Mine, and a testament to their deep and abiding commitment to protecting and enhancing the natural environment during every step of the mining process. We applaud the exceptional efforts of the entire Black Thunder team, and commend them for the tremendous example they are setting for the global mining industry."

Black Thunder was honoured for all aspects of its reclamation efforts, with a particular focus on those activities that go "far above and beyond" the regulatory requirements. Such activities include improvements to sage grouse habitat, support of raptor populations, investigations into the migration patterns of the burrowing owl, and advanced monitoring to confirm the productivity improvements on reclaimed lands, to name a few.

The DEQ said in announcing the award "The reclamation is and will continue to be a bright spot for ranchers, Wyoming wildlife and nature lovers long after mining has been complete. The reclaimed lands will continue to encourage the growth of Wyoming's economy through mining, ranching, and wildlife habitat."

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Tue, 16 Jul 2019
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