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Alpha Natural Resources publishes sustainability report

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Coal supplier Alpha Natural Resources has published its first annual sustainability report, which instead of numbers focuses on the coal producer’s social and environmental record.

“The perception of the coal industry is not particularly good,” CEO Kevin Crutchfield says in an opening letter in the sustainability report, “and our social license to operate is threatened. I think the image of the industry and the reality are different — but I also know that perception matters.”

The report outlines the company’s integration of Massey Energy Co. and the company’s safety record, environmental impacts and community involvement.

“At Alpha, we believe there is a higher purpose to what we do: we are enablers of prosperity.  We are fueling progress around the world,” Crutchfield said.  “Coal is an affordable, abundant energy source that plays a key role in providing electricity and steel.  Access to reliable, affordable electricity and products produced with steel have the profound impact of improving the lives of individuals across the world.  For these reasons, Alpha and the entire coal industry need to continue to operate in a sustainable manner.”

The report can be found here.


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