Appalachian Coal Production Declines

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The latest federal figures show U.S. coal production has dipped slightly this year.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration says the 1.4 percent decline hit Appalachian states such as Virginia and Kentucky the hardest, while production in the West is essentially flat.

As of December 15, the data shows year-to-date production in Virginia was down 10.2 percent to 25.8 million tons compared with the same period in 2006. In Kentucky, production was down 5.2 percent to 110.8 million tons.

Across Appalachia, production dipped 3.6 percent to 364.6 million tons.

In Wyoming, the nation's biggest producer, production is up 1.6 percent to 433.1 million tons.

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