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International Coal Group Operations Receive Six Safety and Reclamation Awards.

SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- International Coal Group, Inc. today announced that ICG ICG

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 mining operations received six awards for outstanding safety and reclamation performance in 2008 at the annual West Virginia Mining Symposium in Charleston.

Five Mountaineer Guardian Awards were presented to ICG operations by the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety, and Training and the West Virginia Coal Association. The Mountaineer Guardian Awards recognize mining workplaces for their outstanding safety performance. Mining operations were nominated for Guardian Awards by state mine inspectors.
  ICG 2008 Mountaineer Guardian Award recipients included:

  -- ICG Eastern Birch River Surface Mine, Webster County, WV
  -- ICG Eastern Preparation Plant, Webster County, WV
  -- ICG Beckley Pocahontas Preparation Plant, Raleigh County, WV
  -- Wolf Run Mining Sawmill Preparation Plant, Upshur County, WV
  -- Wolf Run Mining Imperial Deep Mine, Upshur County, WV





For its outstanding reclamation practices, the ICG Eastern Birch River Surface Mine received the prestigious Woodlands Award from the West Virginia Society of American Foresters and the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Reforestation

The reestablishment of forest cover either naturally or artificially. Given enough time, natural regeneration will usually occur in areas where temperatures and rainfall are adequate and when grazing and wildfires are not too frequent.
 Initiative. The Woodlands Award recognizes Birch River's efforts in growing native hardwood trees, developing an experimental tree growth area in cooperation with West Virginia University West Virginia University, mainly at Morgantown; coeducational; land-grant and state supported; est. and opened 1867 as an agricultural college, renamed 1868.  and providing educational activities for school children in connection with its annual Arbor Day celebration.

Over the past two years, ICG Eastern has received 10 safety awards and four awards for innovative and environmentally progressive mine reclamation practices, including the prestigious Kenes C. Bowling National Mine Reclamation Award.

"These awards reaffirm our Company's commitment to safety and environmental responsibility," said Ben Hatfield, ICG President and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. . "We will continue to work diligently to provide a safe work place for our miners and to employ the highest environmental standards possible in our mining and reclamation practices."

International Coal Group is a leading producer of coal in Northern and Central Appalachia and the Illinois Basin. The Company has 13 active mining complexes, of which 12 are located in Northern and Central Appalachia, and one in Central Illinois. ICG's mining operations and reserves are strategically located to serve utility, metallurgical and industrial customers domestically and internationally.

CONTACT: Ira Gamm, vice president - investor and public relations public relations, activities and policies used to create public interest in a person, idea, product, institution, or business establishment. By its nature, public relations is devoted to serving particular interests by presenting them to the public in the most , International Coal Group, Inc., +1-304-760-2619
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