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Interstate Mining Compact Commission
Annual Reclamation Awards Program


Introduction

Named after the late charter executive director of The Interstate Mining Compact Commission (IMCC), the Kenes C. Bowling National Mine Reclamation Awards were established to recognize outstanding achievements in reclamation and to promote reclamation on a national level. Each year there are two awards presented: one for coal and another for noncoal minerals. From time to time the Commission also presents an award recognizing the special efforts of a small operator. Beginning in 2003, this award was renamed the Floyd G. Durham Special Recognition Award for a Small Operator, in memory of long-time friend and representative to the Compact Floyd G. Durham of Arkansas.

Competition for the awards is limited to IMCC states with each state authorized to make one nomination in each category. To be eligible, a mining company must have been actively mining / reclaiming the site during the 12-month period prior to the nomination.

Several states have previously established awards to recognize outstanding reclamation achievements within their own state. This program allows each state to incorporate existing programs into the nomination process for the IMCC awards and provides for more competition at an interstate level.

The IMCC Awards Program is intended to identify and recognize companies and individuals who maintain compliance with regulatory requirements and apply innovative techniques to reclaim land following mining activities. Through these awards, the IMCC is commending companies that have taken extra efforts to implement techniques which protect people and the environment from any adverse effects of mining, while at the same time allowing access to minerals that are vital to our nation's economy and the well-being of our society.

Scope

The IMCC Reclamation Awards are presented at the annual IMCC spring meeting and are judged on criteria outlined in the following section. The regulatory authority of each state announces the Awards Program and requests nominations be submitted to them by mid-June yearly. Each state conducts a screening process and selects one company for each category to compete for the IMCC Awards. Each state then submits their nominations to IMCC.

Criteria for Selection

Criteria to be considered in judging for the IMCC Reclamation Awards include:

Compliance: Although each regulatory authority provides minimum reclamation guidelines and permitting requirements, the ways and means in which compliance is achieved by companies can vary greatly. Thus, the degree, effort and innovation for compliance can result in financial savings to the company.

Contemporaneous Reclamation: Regulatory guidelines usually require that mining and reclamation activities occur contemporaneously. The techniques, time limits and distance limitations employed can result in substantial reclamation cost savings.

Drainage: Design, maintenance, and technologies employed can result in effective and efficient water quality treatment resulting in compliance and cost savings for the operator.

Bond Release: Preplanning for the desired post-mining land use including: vegetation planting, evaluation procedures, reporting methods. All can result in effective release of bond monies.

Innovative Practices: Creative development and application of new technologies or techniques can result in resolution of reclamation problems.

Interstate Mining Compact Commission
Past & Present National Reclamation Award Winners


Year Coal Non-Coal Small Operator
2016 Paramont Coal Company, LLC (Virginia) Wyo-Ben, Inc. (Wyoming) None
2015 Harlan Reclamation Services, LLC (Kentucky) Luck Stone Corporation (Virginia) None
2014 Luminant Mining Company (Texas) Newmont Mining Corporation (Nevada) T & T Coal, Inc. (Kentucky)
2013 Vigo Coal Operating Company, Inc. (Indiana) M-I SWACO (a Schlumberger Company) (Wyoming) Continental Coal, Inc. (Missouri)
2012 Peabody Powder River Operations, LLC (Wyoming) Virginia Vermiculite, LLC (Virginia) None
2011 Patriot Coal Company, LP (Kentucky) Frozen Ropes Baseball Company, LLC (New York) None
2010 Enterprise Mining Company, LLC (Kentucky) Thelen Sand and Gravel, Inc. (Illinois) Warren C. Hartman, Contractor (Pennsylvania)
2009 Peabody Energy and Black Beauty Coal Company (Indiana) Iluka Resources, Inc. (Virginia) None
2008 ICG Eastern, LLC (West Virginia) The Arundel Corporation (Maryland) None
2007 Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Missouri) Kennecott Ridgeway Mining Company (South Carolina) None
2006 Paramont Coal Company Virginia, LLC (Virginia) Vulcan Materials Company (Virginia) None
2005 Delta Mine Holding Company (Illinois) PCS Phosphate Company, Inc. (North Carolina) None
2004 Arch of West Virginia (West Virginia) Chaney Enterprises Limited Partnership (Maryland) Penn-Ohio Coal Company (Ohio)
2003 Tri State Leasing Corporation (VA) Kyanite Mining Corporation (VA) R and S Coal Company (AR)
2002 TXU Mining Company (TX) (2 winners for Noncoal in 2002)
Lafarge North America (MD) &
Vulcan Construction Materials, LP (IL)
Signor Brothers (PA)
2001 Coteau Properties Company (ND) Pioneer Mid-Atlantic, Inc. (PA) ACV Power Corporation (PA)
2000 Black Beauty Coal Company (Vigo Coal Company, contractor) (IN) Reynolds Metals Company (AR) Porter's Concrete Service (NY)
1999 Cypress Amax Coal Company (IN) Grace Davison, W.R. Grace & Co.-Conn. (SC) South Alabama Materials, Inc. (AL)
1998 Drummond Company, Inc. (AL) U.S. Vanadium Corp. (AR) None
1997 (2 winners for Coal in 1997)
Catenary Coal Company (WV) &
Texas Utilities Mining Company (TX)
PCS Phosphate Company, Inc. (NC) Wash Ridge Coal Co., Inc. (KY)
1996 United Minerals Co. (IN) Golden Cat Division of Ralston Purina (IL) Ben Cookson, Inc. (OH)
1995 Mid-Continental Fuels, Inc. (IL) T.H. Kinsella, Inc. (NY) Three Forks Mining, Inc. (VA)
1994 R & F Coal Company (OH) Maryland Rock Industries, Inc. (MD) Little Six Corp. (VA)
1993 Red River Coal Co., Inc. (VA) Kyanite Mining Corp. (VA) None
1992 R & F Coal Co. (OH) York Building Products Co., Inc. (MD) Bar Coal Inc. (AL)
1991 Hobet Mining, Inc. (WV) Cherry Valley Sand & Gravel Corporation (IL) Fowler Excavating, Inc. (IN)
1990 Vigo Coal Co., Inc. (IN) Martin Marietta Aggregates (NC) N/A
1989 (2 Winners for Coal in 1989)
Willowbrook Mining Company (PA) &
San Juan Coal Co. (NM)
Laurel Sand & Gravel (MD) N/A
1988 Island Creek Coal Co. (WV) Vulcan Materials Co. (NC) N/A
1987 B & N Coal Co. (OH) J.M. Huber Corp. (SC) N/A


IMCC 2016 RECLAMATION AWARD WINNERS

Coal Category

Winner:

Paramont Coal Company, LLC -- Hawks Nest Surface Mine (Virginia)

Honorable Mention:
Solar Sources, Inc. -- Cannelburg Mining Complex (Indiana)

Non-Coal Category

Winner:

Wyo-Ben, Inc. -- Pit 138L (Wyoming)

IMCC 2015 RECLAMATION AWARD WINNERS

Coal Category

Winner:

Harlan Reclamation Services, LLC -- Right Fork Mine (Kentucky)

Honorable Mention:
Paramont Coal Company Virginia, LLC -- Red Onion Surface Mine (Permit #1101849) (Virginia)

Non-Coal Category

Winner:

Luck Stone Corporation -- Charlottesville Plant (Virginia)

Honorable Mention:
Kinross Fairbanks Gold Mining, Inc. -- True North Gold Mine (Alaska)

IMCC 2014 RECLAMATION AWARD WINNERS

Coal Category

Winner:

Luminant Mining Company, LLC -- Big Brown Mine B

Honorable Mention:
United Minerals Company, LLC/Peabody Midwest -- Somerville East Mine (Permit #S-354) (Indiana)

Non-Coal Category

Winner:

Newmont Mining Corporation -- Twin Creeks Mine Pinon Tailings Facility (Nevada)

Honorable Mention:
Hanson Material Service -- Fairmount Quarry (Illinois)

Small Operator Category

Winner:

T & T Coal, Inc. -- Larue Mine (Kentucky)

IMCC 2013 RECLAMATION AWARD WINNERS

Coal Category

Winner:

Vigo Coal Operating Co., Inc. - Cypress Creek Mine (Indiana)

Honorable Mention:
Bridger Coal Company - Jim Bridger Mine Complex (Wyoming)

Non-Coal Category

Winner:

M-I SWACO, LLC (A Schlumberger Company) - M-I SWACO Bentonite Mine (Wyoming)

Honorable Mention:
Vulcan Construction Materials - Skippers Quarry (Virginia)

Small Operator Category

Winner:

Continental Coal, Inc. - Cottonwood Creek Mine (Missouri)

IMCC 2012 RECLAMATION AWARD WINNERS

Coal Category

Winner:

Peabody Powder River Operations, LLC - North Antelope Rochelle Mine (Wyoming)

Non-Coal Category

Winner:

Virginia Vermiculite, LLC - R.E. Sansom Mine & Mill (Virginia)

IMCC 2011 RECLAMATION AWARD WINNERS

Coal Category

Winner:

Patriot Coal Company, LP - Patriot Surface Mine (Kentucky)

Honorable Mention:
Vigo Coal Operating Co., Inc. - Friendsville Mine (Illinois)

Non-Coal Category

Winner:

Frozen Ropes Baseball Company, LLC - Frozen Ropes Sports Park (New York)

IMCC 2010 RECLAMATION AWARD WINNERS

Coal Category

Winner:

Enterprise Mining Company, LLC - Big Branch South Mine (Kentucky)

Honorable Mention:
Larry D. Baumgardner Coal Company, Inc. - Turner Operations, Surface Mining Permit #17990111

Non-Coal Category

Winner:

Thelen Sand and Gravel, Inc. - Fox Lake Pit (Illinois)

IMCC 2010 Small Operator Reclamation Award Winner

Warren C. Hartman, Contractor - Mine #28, Permit #14980101 (Pennsylvania)

IMCC 2009 RECLAMATION AWARD WINNERS

Coal Category

Winner:

Peabody Energy and Black Beauty Coal Company - Viking Mine (Indiana)

Honorable Mention:
Texas Westmoreland Coal Company - Bobwhite Quail Release Project (Texas)

Non-Coal Category

Winner:

Iluka Resources, Inc. - Old Hickory Operation (Virginia)

IMCC 2008 RECLAMATION AWARD WINNERS

Coal Category

Winner:

ICG Eastern, LLC - Birch River Mine Complex (West Virginia)

Honorable Mention:
Rio Tinto Energy America - Jacobs Ranch Mine (Wyoming)

Non-Coal Category

Winner:

The Arundel Corporation - Greenspring Quarry (Maryland)


IMCC 2007 RECLAMATION AWARD WINNERS

Coal Category

Winner:

Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. - BeeVeer Mine (Missouri)

Non-Coal Category

Winner:

Kennecott Ridgeway Mining Company - Ridgeway Gold Mine (South Carolina)

Honorable Mention:
Iluka Resources, Inc. - Old Hickory Operation (Virginia)


IMCC 2006 RECLAMATION AWARD WINNERS

Coal Category

Winner:

Paramont Coal Company Virginia, LLC - Black Bear #1 (Carrie Branch) (Virginia)

Honorable Mention:
TXU Mining Company - Oak Hill Mine (Texas)

Non-Coal Category

Winner:

Vulcan Materials Company - Curles Neck Sand and Gravel Mine (Virginia)


IMCC 2011 Award Winner Photographs

2011 Coal Award Winner
Patriot Coal Company, LP - Patriot Surface Mine, Kentucky























2011 Noncoal Award Winner
Frozen Ropes Baseball Company, LLC - Frozen Ropes Sports Park, New York
























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