Arch Leer first to achieve Towards Sustainable Mining verification

Arch Resources’ Leer coal mine in West Virginia has achieved Level A verification for all protocols comprising the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative.

Leer is the first mine of any type to achieve and verify this performance level through TSM’s new subscription program, which allows any mine anywhere in the world to implement this globally recognized sustainability initiative for the mining industry.

TSM provides a set of tools and indicators that drive performance and ensure that key mining risks are managed responsibly. TSM’s eight performance protocols center on indigenous and community relationships; crisis management and crisis planning; safety and health; prevention of child and forced labor; tailings management; biodiversity conservation management; water stewardship; and climate change.

“Arch views leadership in all aspects of sustainability – including mine safety, environmental stewardship, community outreach, inclusion, and integrity – as the bedrock of its corporate culture and the key to its long-term success,” said Arch president and CEO Paul Lang.

Pierre Gratton, Mining Association of Canada CEO, added: “As TSM continues to drive performance in more and more jurisdictions around the world, it is heartening to see Arch leading the way in the U.S. This kind of achievement helps demonstrate to the world that mining is not only essential, but that it can be done responsibly.”

Arch expects to pursue TSM verification at its other metallurgical mines starting in 2024 as it works to extend its sustainability leadership in the mining industry and to strengthen its position as a supplier of choice to an increasingly sustainability-focused global steel industry.


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