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US weekly coal production continues to lag behind 2017

Total U.S. coal production for the week ended Sept. 1 decreased less than 1% year over year to 15.6 million tons from 15.7 million tons, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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For the 52 weeks ended Sept. 1, production was 758.5 million tons, representing a year-over-year decline of 4.6%, while year-to-date coal output fell 2.6% year over year to about 506.2 million tons.

The western region's coal production for the week reached 8.8 million tons, posting a 4.7% decrease from the prior year's 9.2 million tons. Data for the Western region covers Powder River Basin mines.

Coal production from Appalachian mines totaled 4.0 million tons, increasing 8.8% from the year-ago week's 3.7 million tons.

The interior region's production rose 1.0% to 2.8 million tons, compared to 2.8 million tons a year ago. Interior region data covers mines in the Illinois Basin.

The EIA's production data is derived from rail carload estimates.