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US coal production increases 3.7% YOY in latest week

Total U.S. coal production for the week ended Sept. 29 rose 3.7% year over year to 15.2 million tons from 14.6 million tons, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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For the 52 weeks ended Sept. 29, production was 756.3 million tons, representing a year-over-year decrease of 4.6%, while year-to-date coal output fell 2.8% year over year to about 562.4 million tons.

The western region's coal production for the week reached 8.5 million tons, slipping less than 1% from the prior year's 8.6 million tons. Data for the Western region covers Powder River Basin mines.

Coal production from Appalachian mines totaled 3.9 million tons, climbing 13.7% from the year-ago week's 3.5 million tons.

The interior region's production grew 4.7% to 2.7 million tons, compared to 2.6 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.