Alpha laying off 152 at W.Va. mines, 168 in Ky.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Alpha Natural Resources says its
decision to scale back production and idle some coal mines will
cost 152 West Virginians and 168 Kentuckians their jobs in the
coming weeks.

Spokesman Ted Pile said Monday that another 182 West Virginia
employees and an additional 52 Kentucky employees are being offered work at other Alpha locations.

Media outlets say the West Virginia mines being idled include
the No. 2 Gas Mine in Kanawha County and the Randolph Mine in Boone County, both underground operations.

Hours are being cut at Boone's Black Castle surface mine and the
Progress/Twilight surface mine, and at Logan County's Camp Branch
surface mine.

The Alloy Powellton Mine in Fayette County is eliminating one
underground section.

Virginia-based Alpha has more than 180 mines and processing
plants in five states.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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