Alpha to close 2 W.Va. mines, cut back at others

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Alpha Natural Resources is closing two mines and a coal preparation plant, and scaling back other operations in southern West Virginia.

Spokesman Ted Pile says that altogether, 100 people will be laid off. Eighty will transfer to other Alpha operations.

The changes are effective immediately. Workers were informed at morning and afternoon meetings Wednesday.

Virginia-based Alpha says it's closing the Superior Surface Mine, the Hatfield underground mine and the Stirrat prep plant in Logan County. That affects about 95 employees, 65 of whom have been offered other Alpha jobs.

It's also cutting production and laying off 11 workers at the Republic Surface Mine in Fayette County.

It's eliminating 59 positions at Boone County's Black Castle Surface Mine and an affiliated trucking company, Trace Transport. Twelve of those workers will transfer.

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