James River Coal Announces Sentinels of Safety Award for Outstanding Safety Performance

Sep 30, 2011, 16:05 ET from James River Coal Company

RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- James River Coal Company (NASDAQ: JRCC), today announced that one of its subsidiaries has earned the Sentinels of Safety Award.

The Sentinels of Safety is the most distinguished safety award in the United States mining industry.  It is awarded on an annual basis by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the National Mining Association (NMA) to mining facilities based on size and mining method.

McCoy Elkhorn's Bevins Branch Preparation Plant earned the 2010 Sentinels of Safety Award for its outstanding safety performance in the category of large Processing Facilities. Bevins Branch is located in Pike County, Kentucky.  The mine worked a total of 142,000 manhours without a lost-time accident.

"We are very proud to have received the distinguished Sentinels of Safety Awards," said C.K. Lane, Chief Operating Officer.  "In 2009 Bevin's Branch was awarded second place and our employees have worked very hard to achieve the award for first place.  At James River we are continually striving to make safety our number one priority."

James River Coal Company is one of the leading coal producers in Central Appalachia and the Illinois Basin.  The company sells metallurgical, bituminous steam and industrial-grade coal to electric utility companies and industrial customers both domestically and internationally.  The Company's operations are managed through eight operating subsidiaries located throughout eastern Kentucky, southern West Virginia and southern Indiana.    Additional information about James River Coal can be found at its web site www.jamesrivercoal.com


James River Coal Company

Elizabeth M. Cook

Director of Investor Relations

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