Dickenson-Russell to idle Russel County plant

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Dickenson-Russell Coal Co. LLC, a subsidiary of Alpha Natural Resources, plans to idle its coal production plant in Russell County, a move that will affect 38 employees.

The scheduled idling of the company’s Moss No. 3 Preparation Plant is effective Nov. 30. Ron Patrick, president of Dickenson-Russell, said in a statement that the volume of coal supply has been significantly reduced in the last 12 to 18 months.

“Without its normal throughput inventory, the cost to operate the plant was not economically sustainable,” he said.

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