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Seneca Coal Company achieves safety, reclamation milestones

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Hayden — Delivering energy safely and efficiently while being a responsible steward has enabled the Peabody Group Seneca Mine to earn safety and reclamation honors from the Colorado Division of Minerals and Geology and the Colorado Mining Association. The awards were presented at the 102nd National Western Mining Conference in Colorado Springs Nov. 4-5. — Delivering energy safely and efficiently while being a responsible steward has enabled the Peabody Group Seneca Mine to earn safety and reclamation honors from the Colorado Division of Minerals and Geology and the Colorado Mining Association. The awards were presented at the 102nd National Western Mining Conference in Colorado Springs Nov. 4-5.

— Delivering energy safely and efficiently while being a responsible steward has enabled the Peabody Group Seneca Mine to earn safety and reclamation honors from the Colorado Division of Minerals and Geology and the Colorado Mining Association. The awards were presented at the 102nd National Western Mining Conference in Colorado Springs Nov. 4-5.

Recognizing the mine’s 95 employees for operating more than a year without a lost-time or reportable injury, the Outstanding Safety Record Award distinguishes the mine for tracking more than 300,900 hours accident-free.

The Large Surface Mine Reclamation Award commemorates results achieved through the single largest restoration project in the mine’s history, recognizing a three-year program to restore 600 acres for livestock grazing and wildlife habitat at the Seneca II mining area. It also highlights the company’s excellent record of compliance, use of technology for shrub and seed re-establishment and commitment to technology transfer throughout the industry.

“Safety and stewardship go hand in hand and are among our highest priorities,” said Seneca Coal Company Operations Manager G. Brad Brown. “We take great pride knowing our results in both areas are being recognized among our industry peers.”

Historically, Seneca Mine has ranked among the nation’s safest coal operators, with its incidence rate ranking significantly below the national average of 3.51 reportable accidents for every 200,000 hours worked.

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During the past 12 years, Seneca employees have earned numerous awards recognizing outstanding safety results and awareness programs. These include nine commendations from the National Safety Council, nine awards from the Colorado Mining Association and five Sentinels of Safety certificates of achievement from the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

The Seneca II area is perched high atop the mountains of Northwest Colorado, providing a home to large populations of deer, elk and other wildlife. Reclamation practices restore range to a condition that is four times more productive for grazing than native lands, with each acre containing an average of 6,000 pounds of grasses, forbs and woody plants. Since mining began, Seneca Mine has reclaimed about 1,800 acres. Cattle graze on about 30 percent of these lands based on a plan approved by the Colorado Division of Minerals and Geology.

“Our results reflect the commitment and dedication of many people working toward a common goal,” said Safety and Reclamation Manager Roy Karo. “Our reclaimed lands are a haven for wildlife, and we think that’s a strong testament to reclaiming practices that provide a sustainable and lasting habitat.”

Seneca Mine ships about 1.7 million tons of low-sulfur steam coal annually to Public Service Company of Colorado’s nearby Hayden Generating Station. Each year, mine operations inject more than $11 million into the Colorado economy through wages and benefits, taxes and royalties. Seneca Coal Company is part of Peabody Group, the largest coal company in the world.