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Total U.S. coal production for the week ended Dec. 22 increased 1.5% year over year to 15.9 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 Dec. 22, production was 752.3 million tons, representing a year-over-year slump of 4.7%, while year-to-date coal output dropped 2.7% year over year to 740.2 million tons.

The western region's coal production for the week reached 8.9 million tons, posting a 1.8% improvement from the prior year's 8.7 million tons. Data for the western region covers Powder River Basin mines.

Coal production from Appalachian mines totaled 4.2 million tons, up 3.3% from the year-ago week's 4.1 million tons.

The interior region's production shrank 1.9% to 2.8 million tons, compared to 2.9 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.