‘Friends of Coal’ tag in the works
by Daniel Gaddy
Oct 01, 2012 | 5178 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Officials with a national organization supporting the coal industry are hoping to establish a “Friends of Coal” license plate in Alabama.

Members of the West Virginia-based Friends of Coal and the Alabama Coal Association stress that $41.50 of the $50 fee for tags will benefit the Coal Miner’s Safety Program at Bevill State Community College’s Sumiton campus.

Bevill State’s Sumiton campus houses an underground mine simulation that mimics conditions and common hazards of the industry. About 8,000 miners are trained every year at the site.

In order for the Alabama Department of Revenue to sign off on the project, the initiative to get the “Friends of Coal” tag must garner 1,000 commitment to purchase forms by Nov. 30.

The forms can be obtained and must be returned to the Walker County Courthouse.

“We only have until Nov. 30 to reach our 1,000 commitments so please get to your courthouse so we don’t lose this opportunity to show our support for Alabama’s coal industry and the Coal Miner’s Safety Program,” Alabama Coal Association President George Barber said in a statement.

For more information about the Friends of Coal car tag, contact the Alabama Coal Association at (205) 871-3734.