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For Release: Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Former Talc Mine Located in Town of Fowler Receives National Reclamation Award

DEC Nominated Vanderbilt Minerals, LLC - Gouverneur Mineral Division for Award for Reclamation Effort

Because of its dedication to reclamation, Vanderbilt Minerals, LLC - Gouverneur Mineral Division was nominated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for a national reclamation award for non-coal mines by the National Association of State Land Reclamationists (NASLR). Vanderbilt accepted the award at the NASLR award ceremony in September.

Judy Drabicki, DEC Region Director, said, "The effectiveness of Vanderbilt Minerals' reclamation efforts are remarkable. It is a pleasure to work with a company that exhibits an impressive environmental ethic."

Jamie Knowlden, Vanderbilt Minerals, LLC General Manager said, "Vanderbilt Minerals, LLC is proud to have been nominated and to have received this award. Reclamation of land is a responsibility to us as a business and of course for the betterment of the environment."

Vanderbilt stopped talc production early in 2008 at its Number 1 and 2 mines in the Balmat area in St. Lawrence County. The quarry pumps were shut down early in 2008 and reclamation of affected lands began shortly thereafter. The company worked closely with DEC on reclamation of 184.7 acres of affected lands. Major revegetation work was completed approximately five years ago, and the vegetation is thriving.

In June 2017, the mine was deemed 100 percent reclaimed. The award was announced at the NASLR Fall 2017 meeting in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

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