Genesee Mine awarded for returning lands to green pasture

    EDMONTON, Feb. 6 /CNW/ - Environmental work at Genesee Mine has returned
600 hectares into productive farm land and wildlife habitat, earning the mine
partners, EPCOR and Sherritt Coal, the 2009 Alberta Chamber of Resources'
(ACR) Major Reclamation Award.
    "We are constantly working toward developing a cleaner future," said
Doreen Cole, EPCOR Vice-President of Power Services. "We are committed to
leaving the land in a condition equal to or better than we found it and our
reclamation efforts at Genesee demonstrate how we are living up to that
    Once the coal in a particular mining area has been depleted, reclamation
plans are set into action. The main thrust of reclamation has been creation of
agricultural lands for cattle grazing, hay and cultivated crops. The partners
have also taken on the challenge of recreating a diverse boreal forest by
using new reforestation practices to create natural treed areas within the
agricultural landscape. The Genesee Mine comprehensive land reclamation plan
includes re-establishment of wetlands and natural creek bodies, and the
development of wildlife corridors.
    The Genesee Mine was nominated for the award by Alberta Environment.
    The award recognizes the mine's reclamation goals and achievements, past
and current reclamation research initiatives and the ongoing communication and
involvement with the community.
    "We have proven we can re-build good farmland, and this award recognizes
the contributions of many individuals over the years," said George Greenhough,
Manager of Land Services at Genesee Generation Station.
    Reclamation initiatives combine current practices, ongoing strategy
development, and continuing research to meet reclamation goals while
harmonizing with mining activities, regulatory issues, and public concerns.
    "The primary objective is to reclaim areas and give them multiple end-use
capabilities similar to those that existed prior to mining, including
self-sustaining and naturally maturing wildlife habitats through
re-forestation and re-establishing wetlands," said Dan Kuchmak, Senior Mine
Engineering Technologist, Sherritt Coal, a business unit of Sherritt
International Corporation.
    "This partnership represents the kind of cooperative, effective
leadership we want to highlight and we're very pleased to give EPCOR and
Sherritt Coal the recognition they deserve," said ACR Executive Director Brad
    The Genesee Mine, a joint venture between EPCOR and Sherritt Coal, is
located about 80 km west of Edmonton, and provides 5.5 million tonnes of coal
per year for the Genesee Generating Station, which produces electricity for
about 500,000 people.
    The award will be officially presented at a February 6 banquet at the
Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton.

    About EPCOR Utilities

    EPCOR Utilities Inc. builds, owns and operates power plants, electrical
transmission and distribution networks, water and wastewater treatment
facilities and infrastructure in Canada and the United States.  EPCOR,
headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, has been named one of Canada's Top 100
Employers for nine consecutive years and was selected as one of Canada's 10
Most Earth-Friendly Employers. EPCOR's web-site is

    About Sherritt International Corporation

    Sherritt is a diversified natural resource company that produces nickel,
cobalt, thermal coal, oil, gas and electricity. It also licenses its
proprietary technologies to other metals companies. Sherritt's common shares
are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "S." For more
information, visit

    About the Alberta Chamber of Resources

    The Alberta Chamber of Resources represents 187 member organizations and
is dedicated to the orderly and responsible development of all of Alberta's
natural resources. The Chamber provides leadership on resource industry issues
important to Alberta's economic, social and environmental well-being. For more
information, visit

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For further information: Tim le Riche, Corporate Relations, EPCOR, (780)
969-8238, Cell (780) 721-2013,

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