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New Century Coal Endorses State-Level Mandatory Drug Testing in Workplace

Date: June 23 2012

Johnson City, TN (PRWEB) June 23, 2012
RE-RELEASE: In an effort to increase the health and safety of employees, New Century Coal has chosen to endorse mandatory drug testing in the workplace at the state level. In state-level mandatory drug testing, the employer is allowed to take steps and initiate policies to ensure that employees are not taking or using alcohol or drugs, selling drugs or affected by the after effects of indulding in alcohol or drugs outside of the workplace during non-work time.

According to Tennessee state law, voluntary drug testing may occur in the following circumstances: in application process after a conditional offer, reasonable suspicion, and after an accident which results in injury. In the mining industry, the approach to safety is an ongoing debate, and in major mining states like West Virginia, talks of mandatory drug testing have become more frequent and recognized. “An official with [W. Va]'s mine safety office testified that drugs were a factor in roughly 200 -- or about 3.7 percent -- of the 5,413 complaints and incidents the agency investigated in 2011.”(H.Post)

New Century Coal, Inc., founded in 2006, is a junior mining company headquartered in Johnson City, TN. Their area of concentration is in the Appalachian Basin. The company's primary focus is expanding its Coal mining operations at its properties in Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, and Tennessee through prospecting, leasing, and mine production. New Century's Coal is exported to countries as far as Korea, Poland, and China for sale. Their team has the experience and intellectual property from more than 100 years of experience working within the Coal industry. They are also one ot the largest reserve holders of Blue Gem Coal with over 10 million tons of reserves in place. They currently have or participate in over 100,000 gross acres of coal leases.

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