Alpha to Idle 8 Mines, 2 Plants; Hundreds Furloughed

Ahead of its plant to idle eight mining operations and two processing plants in southern West Virginia on an ongoing market slump, troubled miner Alpha Natural Resources has issued layoff notices to a total 886 workers. The mines’ operators, Marfork Coal, Elk Run Coal and Maxxim Shared Services, issued Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notices on January 25. The last day for workers will be around March 25.

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States, Groups Seeking Stay on US EPA Clean Power Plan

After their earlier request for a stay of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) was rejected in a lower court, a group of 27 U.S. states, state agencies and groups are now petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the implementation of the restrictive regulations on the grounds of governmental overreach.

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Last U.K. Deep Mine Closes

Friday, December 18 was the final day of work for 450 mines at the Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire, also known as the Big K, as the mine will be permanently idled—bringing to an end a two-year-long closure plan for British deep mines.

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Wollongong to Restart Wongawilli in Australia

After placing the mine on care-and-maintenance status last year, New South Wales-based Wollongong Coal is moving toward a restart of operations at the Wongawilli mine and adding 110 workers. The move comes just three weeks after the New South Wales Planning Assessment Commission (NSW PAC) gave a greenlight to a five-year extension of the operation’s mining license. It had been idled since late August 2014.

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