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US weekly coal production sees slight contraction

Total U.S. coal production for the week ended Oct. 6 tightened 3.3% year over year to 14.8 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 Oct. 6, production was 755.8 million tons, representing a year-over-year decrease of 4.7%, while year-to-date coal output fell 2.8% year over year to about 577.2 million tons.

The western region's coal production for the week reached 8.3 million tons, posting a 3.0% decrease 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 3.9 million tons, sagging 1.1% from the year-ago week's 4.0 million tons.

The interior region's production decreased by 7.2% to 2.6 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.