Cliffs Coal Operations Awarded Environmental Management Certification

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Cliffs Coal Operations Awarded Environmental Management Certification  
      North American Coal Mines Complete ISO 14001 Certification 
CLEVELAND, Feb. 4, 2013 - Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE: CLF) (Paris:
CLF) announced that its North American Coal operations have been ISO 14001
certified. The Environmental Management System (EMS) certification has been
awarded to Pinnacle Mining Company and Cliffs Logan County Coal in West
Virginia. In addition, Oak Grove Resources, located near Birmingham, Ala., was
recently recommended for ISO 14001 certification. 
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ISO 14001 is the internationally recognized standard for Environmental
Management Systems (EMS) designed to deliver world-class performance. The
Company indicated that the management standard will assist the operations in
adhering to good environmental practices, conservation of input materials and
energy, attainment of necessary permits and authorizations, and being socially
"Environmental stewardship is a Cliffs' core value and this achievement is an
illustration of our commitment to responsible, safe and sustainable coal
operations," stated David Webb, Senior Vice President, Global Coal Operations
for Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. "The implementation of EMS standards is our
proactive approach to manage environmental impacts with rigor and continuous
Pinnacle Mining Company, LLC, Oak Grove Resources, LLC and Cliffs Logan County
Coal are subsidiaries of Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. 
About Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. 
Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. is an international mining and natural resources
company. A member of the S&P 500 Index, the Company is a major global iron ore
producer and a significant producer of high- and low-volatile metallurgical
coal. Cliffs' strategy is to continually achieve greater scale and
diversification in the mining industry through a focus on serving the world's
largest and fastest growing steel markets. Driven by the core values of social,
environmental and capital stewardship, Cliffs associates across the globe
endeavor to provide all stakeholders operating and financial transparency. 
The Company is organized through a global commercial group responsible for 
sales and delivery of Cliffs' products and a global operations group 
responsible for the production of the minerals the Company markets. Cliffs 
operates iron ore and coal mines in North America and an iron ore mining 
complex in Western Australia. In addition, Cliffs has a major chromite project,
in the feasibility stage of development, located in Ontario, Canada. 
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