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Three dozen coal miners laid-off in McDowell County

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MCDOWELL COUNTY (WVVA)  Thirty-six coal miners were given the pink slip at a underground mine in McDowell County.

According to Steve Hopkins, Director of Media Relations at Alpha Natural Resources, the company decided to permanently idle the Cucumber mine operated by Brooks Run South, a subsidiary of Alpha.

The miners affected found out about the layoffs Monday morning. The mine was not part of a WARN notice issued by Alpha back in September.

The mine, located near Welch, WV, became a part of Alpha Natural Resources in 2005. Hopkins says the company decided to permanently idle the mine due to an over supply of metallurgical coal.

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