Charleston, W.Va. – Chris Hamilton, president and chief executive officer of the West Virginia Coal Association offers the following statement regarding National Miners Day, being celebrated today, Dec. 6, 2021:

“Today, Dec. 6, 2021, the nation honors the coal miner and the incredible role they play in delivering the quality of life all citizens enjoy. From the low cost, reliable electricity that powers our economy and heats and cools our homes to the steel supporting the build out of America to the countless products made possible by coal used in everyday life., the coal miner makes it all possible.

As our nation moves forward to implement the trillion-dollar, bipartisan Infrastructure legislation to update and modernize America’s roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure, West Virginia’s coal miners will be called upon to extract the energy that will create the steel and provide the power to propel this massive, nationwide undertaking.

Our mining workforce, the most qualified and competent in the world, will meet this challenge head on as they have done repeatedly over the past century or more. These unique individuals deserve our thanks and praise today and everyday.”

For additional information, contact Chris Hamilton at (304) 342-4153.