ABINGDON, Va. and RICHMOND, Va., April 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE: ANR) ("Alpha") and Massey Energy Company (NYSE: MEE) ("Massey") announced today that the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, has expired in connection with Alpha's previously announced agreement to acquire Massey. Alpha and Massey also confirmed that they have received required foreign antitrust approvals and that all antitrust conditions to closing have now been met. The closing of the transaction is also subject to other customary closing conditions, including the effectiveness of Alpha's Registration Statement on Form S-4, which was initially filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 17, 2011, and stockholder approval of both companies. Subject to the satisfaction of these other conditions, the transaction is expected to close in mid-2011. About Alpha Natural Resources Alpha Natural Resources is one of America's premier coal suppliers with coal production capacity of greater than 90 million tons a year. Among U.S. producers, Alpha is the leading supplier and exporter of metallurgical coal used in the steel-making process and is a major supplier of thermal coal to electric utilities and manufacturing industries across the country. The Company, through its affiliates, employs approximately 6,400 people and operates approximately 60 mines and 14 coal preparation facilities in Appalachia and the Powder River Basin. More information about Alpha can be found on the Company's Web site at www.alphanr.com. About Massey Energy Company Massey Energy Company, headquartered in Richmond, Va., with operations in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia, is the largest coal producer in Central Appalachia and is included in the S&P500 Index. Massey produces, processes and sells various steam and metallurgical grade coals through its 25 processing plants and shipping centers and employs, through its various subsidiaries, more than 7,300 employees. More information about Massey can be found on the Company's Web site at www.masseyenergyco.com. Forward Looking Statements Information set forth herein contains "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Alpha and Massey caution readers that any forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and that actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking information. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the benefits of the business combination transaction involving Alpha and Massey, including future financial and operating results, the combined company's plans, objectives, expectations (financial or otherwise) and intentions and other statements that are not historical facts.