Robert G. Potter, Retired Chairman and CEO of Solutia Inc., Joins Board Of Arch Coal, Inc.

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Arch Coal, Inc.

    ST. LOUIS, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE:   ACI) announced
 today that Robert G. Potter, 62, had been elected to its board of directors at
 the company's annual meeting of shareholders.  Mr. Potter is the retired
 chairman and chief executive officer of Solutia Inc., a producer and marketer
 of a variety of high-performance, chemical-based materials.
     "We are very pleased that Bob Potter has agreed to join our board," said
 Steven F. Leer, Arch Coal's president and chief executive officer.  "We are
 looking forward to his counsel and leadership as we enter an exciting period
 of growth and change in the coal industry."
     Mr. Potter served for 32 years with Monsanto Company (now Pharmacia
 Corporation) prior to its spinoff of Solutia in 1997.  Immediately prior to
 the spinoff, he served as chief executive of its chemical businesses.  He is a
 director of Stepan Company as well as several private companies.
     Arch Coal is the nation's second largest coal producer with subsidiary
 operations in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah.
 Through these operations, Arch Coal provides the fuel for approximately 6% of
 the electricity generated in the United States.
 
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SOURCE Arch Coal, Inc.
    ST. LOUIS, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE:   ACI) announced
 today that Robert G. Potter, 62, had been elected to its board of directors at
 the company's annual meeting of shareholders.  Mr. Potter is the retired
 chairman and chief executive officer of Solutia Inc., a producer and marketer
 of a variety of high-performance, chemical-based materials.
     "We are very pleased that Bob Potter has agreed to join our board," said
 Steven F. Leer, Arch Coal's president and chief executive officer.  "We are
 looking forward to his counsel and leadership as we enter an exciting period
 of growth and change in the coal industry."
     Mr. Potter served for 32 years with Monsanto Company (now Pharmacia
 Corporation) prior to its spinoff of Solutia in 1997.  Immediately prior to
 the spinoff, he served as chief executive of its chemical businesses.  He is a
 director of Stepan Company as well as several private companies.
     Arch Coal is the nation's second largest coal producer with subsidiary
 operations in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah.
 Through these operations, Arch Coal provides the fuel for approximately 6% of
 the electricity generated in the United States.
 
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