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RAW COAL SILO COLLAPSE AT MINGO LOGAN COAL COMPANY

 HUNTINGTON, W. Va., ~PRNewswire~ -- At about 8:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 16, a raw coal silo collapsed at Mingo Logan Coal Company. The cause of the collapse has not yet been determined. There were no injuries.
 The collapse of the silo, one of three 6,600 ton silos located at the Black Bear preparation plant, damaged part of the coal conveyor system associated with the silos. There is no apparent damage from the collapse to the other two silos. The silos are used to store coal which is later processed at the preparation plant. There was no damage to the plant.
 The collapse of the silo and the damage to the conveyor system have interrupted the flow of coal to the preparation plant, resulting in the temporary suspension of operations at the Mountaineer Mine and the preparation plant. Mingo Logan intends to commence work immediately on a temporary conveyor system to by-pass the raw coal silos and route coal directly to the preparation plant. This system is expected to be completed within a week. It is also expected that the bypass system, together with an existing surge silo at the mine, will allow full operation of the mine and plant. Mingo Logan surface mines and the Timbar rail loading facility continue to operate.
 Ashland Coal, Inc. (NYSE: ACI) is engaged in the mining, processing, and sale of low-sulfur coal principally to electric utilities in the eastern United States and into the export markets.
 Mingo Logan Coal Company, located in Mingo County, West Virginia, is an independent operating subsidiary of Ashland Coal, Inc.
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 ~CONTACT: David G. Todd, external affairs of Ashland Coal Inc., 304-526-3755~
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