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US coal production falls 3.8% in latest week

Total U.S. coal production for the week ended Oct. 13 decreased 3.8% year over year to 14.5 million tons from 15.1 million tons, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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For the 52 weeks ended Oct. 13, production was 755.3 million tons, representing a year-over-year decrease of 4.7%, while year-to-date coal output fell 2.9% year over year to 591.7 million tons.

The western region's coal production for the week reached 8.0 million tons, posting a 4.3% reduction from the prior year's 8.4 million tons. Data for the Western region covers Powder River Basin mines.

Coal production from Appalachian mines totaled 3.9 million tons, down 1.0% from the year-ago week.

The interior region's production shrank 5.9% 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.