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US coal production inches up to 15.5 million tons in latest week

Total U.S. coal production for the week ended Dec. 15 increased 0.9% year over year to 15.5 million tons from 15.3 million tons, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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For the 52 weeks ended Dec. 15, production was 752.1 million tons, representing a year-over-year decrease of 4.6%, while year-to-date coal output slipped 2.8% year over year to 724.3 million tons.

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

Coal production from Appalachian mines totaled 4.1 million tons, growing 3.8% from the year-ago week's 4.0 million tons.

The interior region's production fell 1.4% to 2.8 million tons. Interior region data covers mines in the Illinois Basin.

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