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North American Coal is committed to maintaining, protecting and enhancing the quality of the environment at each of its operations.  It conducts its mining operations in a manner that minimizes environmental impacts, while maximizing the recovery of coal and ensuring that mined lands are restored to a level of productivity equal to or greater than that which existed prior to mining. North American Coal has been recognized as a leader in land reclamation and environmental protection by industry peers and government agencies at all levels.
North American Coal and its individual mining operations have received the following accolades for outstanding environmental achievement:

  • 20 Excellence in Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Awards from the US Department of Interior Office of Surface Mining, including:
    • The Reclamation Hall of Fame Award
    • The Best of the Best Award
    • Director’s Award (twice)
    • Good Neighbor Award (twice)
  • 19 Environmental Achievement Awards from the Texas Railroad Commission
  • 6 Excellence in Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Awards from the North Dakota Public Service Commission
  • Federal environmental awards from the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and President’s Council on Sustainable Development