Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 8, 2013

Buchanan County mine idled, another 90 coal miners out of work

JEWELL RIDGE, Va. — Ninety coal miners were informed today that their mining operation would be idled and that they would be laid off.

Dominion 36 mine in Buchanan County, Va. has been affected “by the significant downturn in the coal market,” said James M. Mullins, vice president of coal operations, SunCoke Energy, Inc.

“As a result, we are forced to idle Dominion mine 36 and lay off 51 company miners and 39 underground contractors,” Mullins said in his announcement. “This decision was very difficult and we have worked hard to reduce costs in every other aspect of our coal operations. But the business challenges in the coal industry left us with no choice.”

“We are continuing production in our four remaining active Dominion mines with a continued focus on what we can control, including managing our costs, optimizing our production and making safety our top priority,” Mullins stated in the release. “We believe this focus, combined with the actions we have taken today, will help us meet the tough economic challenges we face this year.”

For more about the layoffs and their local impact, read Saturday’s Daily Telegraph or visit


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