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Arch Coal Receives Request for Additional Information Regarding the Jacobs Ranch Transaction
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ST. LOUIS (May 27, 2009) - Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE:ACI) announced today that it had received a request for additional information (commonly known as a "Second Request") from the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") in connection with its planned acquisition of the Jacobs Ranch mine from Rio Tinto. The effect of the Second Request is to extend the waiting period imposed by the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 ("HSR Act") until 30 days after Arch Coal and Rio Tinto have substantially complied with the request, unless that period is extended voluntarily by the parties or terminated sooner by the FTC.

"We believe the Jacobs Ranch acquisition is pro-competitive, and we are confident that it will create substantial value for customers and shareholders alike once completed," said Steven F. Leer, Arch's chairman and chief executive officer.

Arch Coal announced its intention to acquire Jacobs Ranch on March 9 and made its initial HSR Act filing on April 23.

St. Louis-based Arch Coal is one of the largest U.S. coal producers, with revenues of $3.0 billion in 2008. Through its national network of mines, Arch supplies cleaner-burning, low-sulfur coal to U.S. power producers to fuel roughly 6 percent of the nation's electricity. The company also ships coal to domestic and international steel manufacturers as well as international power producers.

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