The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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June 15, 2014

Pinnacle Mine Rescue teams take top spots in competition

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE: CLF) announced today that the Pinnacle White Mine Rescue Team, based at the Pinnacle Mining Complex in Wyoming County, W.Va. took overall first place and Pinnacle’s Blue Mine Rescue Team finished in second place at the 8th annual mine rescue competition hosted by the Welch Post No. 1 of the National Mine Rescue Association along with the Center for Applied Research and Technology. The competition was held at Bluefield State College.

Fourteen mine rescue teams from throughout the region participated at the competition. The teams work complex challenges that simulate real life mining situations that hone the skills of the teams in the event of a real rescue emergency. Mine rescue teams are required to complete ninety-six hours of training and compete in a minimum of two competitions annually. Cliffs mine rescue teams regularly exceeded those minimum requirements.

“The mine rescue teams at Pinnacle do a tremendous job. Every team member is a mining professional that is dedicated to safely performing their jobs, dedicated to mine rescue training, and dedicated to the coal industry,” said Jon Lester, general manager of the Pinnacle Mining Complex. “I’m very proud of all their accomplishments and continued success.”

Mine Rescue Team members are volunteers that devote an extensive amount of time at trainings and competitions so they can continually improve and be ready to handle real life rescue situations if they should occur.

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.’s Pinnacle Blue Mine Rescue Team, based at the Pinnacle Mining Complex in Wyoming County, took overall first place at the Alabama Coal Association’s annual Alabama State Mine Rescue competition held at Bevill State Community College.

Twelve mine rescue teams from three states competed in the three-day competitions with events ranging from first aid, bench and pre-shift to the more complex simulated mine rescue scenarios.

Mine rescue teams are required to complete 96 hours of training and compete in a minimum of two competitions annually. Cliffs mine rescue teams regularly exceeded those minimum requirements.

Members of the Pinnacle Blue Mine are Mike Vickers, Greg Meadows, Rob Mizok, Cody Palmer, Cody Lambert, Chad Lester, Barry Baker and Richard Crockett

“I am very proud of all the dedicated individuals on our rescue teams. The Blue team’s performance at this competition is a confirmation of the high caliber of our mining professionals and the passion they have for the industry,” said Mark Nelson, Cliffs’ vice president for West Virginia coal operations.“

Mine rescue team members are volunteers that devote an extensive amount of time at trainings and competitions so they can continually improve and be ready to handle real life rescue situations if they should occur.

David Meadows, safety manager for the Pinnacle Mine added that, “Competitions are an important part of the training for rescue teams. These mine rescue contests help develop and test the skills of our mine rescue teams by using simulated emergency conditions.”

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