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Alpha gets another ‘imminent danger’ order

Here’s some news that Alpha Natural Resources dropped in its SEC filings on Friday:

On September 13, 2011, Elk Run Coal Company, Inc. (“Elk Run”), a subsidiary of Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., received an imminent danger order under section 107(a) of the Mine Act alleging that a continuous miner operator was observed walking along the side of the continuous miner while tramming the machine between pillar blocks at the Hunter Peerless Mine. No injuries occurred, and the order did not require withdrawal of miners from the mine.

Elk Run has a safety policy which prohibits persons from entering the areas along either side of the continuous mining machine while it is being trammed anywhere in the mine. Elk Run has retrained all miners working at the Hunter Peerless Mine on its safety policy, and the order has been terminated.