|[March 20, 2014]
Luminant Wins Top National and State Awards for Mine Reclamation Program
DALLAS --(Business Wire)--
With 90 awards for reclamation excellence over the past 40 years,
Luminant is keeping the streak alive. The company was notified recently
it won both the Interstate Mining Compact Commission's 2014 National
Mine Reclamation Award in the coal category and the Railroad Commission
of Texas' 2014 Coal Mining Reclamation Award.
At approximately 112 surface-acres, the lake provides a rare opportunity for genetic research of largemouth bass through a partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. (Photo: Business Wire)
The award submittals featured Luminant's unique approach to reclaiming
the B Mining Area, located in the southern portion of the company's Big
Brown Mine in Freestone County. As part of the reclamation project,
Luminant transformed the final 1.6-mile-long mining pit into a 112
surface-acre lake, which provides a rare opportunity for genetic
research of largemouth bass through a partnership with Texas Parks and
"Luminant and its employees continue to set the bar for environmental
performance and these awards are a testament to our company's commitment
to innovative reclamation best practices," said Carl Ivy, Luminant
environmental manager. "We've proudly partnered with Texas Parks and
Wildlife for more than 30 years, and this project will benefit the
citizens of Texas and th nation in the advancement of fisheries
Luminant has been honored with IMCC's National Mine Reclamation Award,
one of the highest reclamation achievements, twice since 1997 and
received multiple honorable mentions since 1989, while also earning 14
RCT awards since 1987.
"This award reflects [Luminant's] dedication to the maintenance of
environmental protection through efficient mining and reclamation
practices," wrote Gregory Conrad, IMCC executive director. "[The
company's] efforts are representative of the commitment to responsible
mining and reclamation practices demonstrated by the industry and are
John Caudle, RCT surface mining and reclamation division director, said
in announcing the state award, "The reclamation process described in
[Luminant's] submittal truly represents a commitment to reclamation that
leaves mined land in a condition that will benefit wildlife and human
occupation for generations and more."
Big Brown Mine's B Area was mined from 1996 to 2001 and a post-mine
land-use plan was developed based on pre-mine and post-mine factors,
including vegetation, region, topography, soil type and local economic
trends. Today, more than 15,000 acres that have been reclaimed at the
mine support a diverse mix of vegetation types and water resources.
Learn more about Big Brown Mine's reclamation achievements and
longstanding legacy of environmental stewardship in a video here.
Luminant, a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings Corp., is a competitive
power generation business, including mining, wholesale marketing and
trading, and development operations. Luminant has more than 15,400
megawatts of generation in Texas, including 2,300 MW fueled by nuclear
power and 8,000 MW fueled by coal. The company is also one of the
largest purchasers of wind-generated electricity in the United States.
EFH is a Dallas-based energy holding company that has a portfolio of
competitive and regulated energy subsidiaries, primarily in Texas. Visit www.luminant.com
for additional information.
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