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Total U.S. coal production for the week ended Jan. 5 remained flat year over year at 11.9 million tons, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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For the 52 weeks ended Jan. 5, production was 752 million tons, a year-over-year decrease of 2.5%, while year-to-date coal output fell 1.4% year over year to 8.7 million tons.

The western region's coal production for the week reached 6.5 million tons, posting a 1% loss from the prior year's 6.6 million tons. Data for the western region covers Powder River Basin mines.

Coal production from Appalachian mines totaled 3.3 million tons, up 4.3% from the year-ago week's 3.1 million tons.

The interior region's production held steady at 2.2 million tons. Interior region data covers mines in the Illinois Basin.

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