- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) - Alpha Natural Resources will close its Emerald Mine in southwestern Pennsylvania in November.

Alpha, in December, sold its Pennsylvania coal subsidiary to Rosebud Mining Co. but continues to operate the Emerald and Cumberland Mines near Waynesburg. Alpha later announced it would close Emerald later this year, but ramp up production at Cumberland.

Now, the (Washington) Observer-Reporter (https://bit.ly/1h6RNGu ) says Alpha has filed a 60-day notice with the state that it’s closing Emerald, where 290 people are still employed. The closing date is Nov. 24.

United Mine Workers officials say Alpha has already transferred 140 miners from Emerald to Cumberland, and they’re hoping more will follow. About 250 of Emerald’s remaining employees are union miners.

Bristol, Virginia-based Alpha runs coal operations in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Wyoming.

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