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Alabama Coal Association Announces Expansion and Rebranding

Following a vote by its members, the Alabama Coal Association announced this week its expansion and renaming to the Alabama Mining Association. AMA’s formation includes a new digital identity and website, accessible here.

AMA’s mission is to promote the safe and sustainable mining of natural resources that strengthens our infrastructure and grows our economy for all Alabamians. Although the organization has a new name, existing members can expect the same level of unwavering care and tireless advocacy for their industry that the association has been known for since 1972.

“Whether you’re mining the stone, sand and gravel that strengthens our infrastructure, encountering coal exported to steelmakers around the world, or thermal coal that powers local industry, AMA is the partner that keeps you producing” , said Patrick Cagle, president of Alabama. Mining Association.

Safety and sustainability are the cornerstones of any successful mining operation and at the heart of what AMA stands for. Our industry’s greatest responsibility is to ensure the health and safety of our workforce and our neighbors in the local communities in which we operate. We must also make sustainability and stewardship of Alabama’s abundant natural resources our priority and goal. The AMA’s goal is to provide our members with the 21st century tools to meet these challenges now and far into the future.

The AMA is enthusiastically leading efforts to introduce the concept of sustainable mining to the United States and is the first state association to establish a sustainable mining program. Focusing diligently on state-level sustainability efforts enables the AMA to help its members set meaningful goals and achieve meaningful results for the citizens of Alabama.

In the fall of this year, WADA will host its first Safety and Sustainability Awards Dinner. Sustainability projects submitted by AMA members will be evaluated by a panel of judges made up of heads of regulatory agencies, wildlife officials, and leaders of conservation organizations.

By taking a free market approach to recognizing sustainability achievements, AMA aims to positively encourage innovative projects that achieve impactful results.

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The association is also proud to be the collective voice of the mining industry. As a voice, AMA informs decision makers of the enormous economic impact of our industry and the critical role that the materials and minerals we mine fulfill in the local and global supply chain. The AMA vigorously represents its members with state and federal agencies, local government leaders, state officials and legislators, and the Alabama federal delegation.

Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Greg Reed, R-Jasper, said:

“Mining is a very important part of our state’s economy, and I appreciate the work the Alabama Mining Association is doing to support this vital industry. Their expansion to represent all mining operations will benefit the many companies that produce the construction aggregates used to build and improve our state’s important infrastructure and drive economic growth.

Polls have shown more than two-thirds of Alabamians have a favorable view of coal, with more room for growth through further public education about our industry. However, there is an even greater opportunity to increase support for non-coal mining in the state, as this side of our industry, while equally popular, is less familiar to citizens of the state. of Yellowhammer.

“As the collective voice of Alabama’s mining industry, the AMA is the dedicated advocate to ensure that decision-makers at the local, state, and federal levels understand how our industry supports the economy in their communities and improves the quality lives of their constituents,” Cagle said. “We are fully committed to strengthening relationships with our regulators to help us achieve our common goals.”