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US coal production slides 4.2% in latest week; all regions see YOY declines

Total U.S. coal production for the week ended Dec. 8 declined 4.2% year over year to 15.0 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. 8, production was 751.9 million tons, representing a year-over-year decline of 4.6%, while year-to-date coal output dropped 2.8% year over year to 708.8 million tons.

The western region's coal production for the week reached 8.4 million tons, posting a 4.1% decrease 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 4.0 million tons, sagging 1.6% from the year-ago week's 4.1 million tons.

The interior region's production contracted 8.1% to 2.6 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.