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Coal Risk Update, February 2013

Selenium Risk at Alpha Natural Resources’s Mountaintop Removal Mines: Insight from the Patriot Coal Bankruptcy and Regulatory Monitoring Data

This is the first installment in a new series of research updates by the Rainforest Action Network on the environmental and social risks involved with investment in the coal industry. These updates will highlight emerging risks facing companies involved with coal extraction, processing, or combustion.

In this update, we analyze environmental compliance risks at Alpha Natural Resources related to selenium emissions at the company’s surface mines.

The report’s key findings include the following: