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Caoal production up

August 18, 1997

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) _ Domestic coal production rose 8 percent to 21.4 million tons last week from 19.9 million tons the week before, the U.S. Department of Energy said Monday.

The U.S. coal industry produced 21.2 million tons in the same week last year, according to the department’s Energy Information Administration.

Wyoming ranked first among the 25 coal-producing states with 5.9 million tons produced. Kentucky was second with 3 million tons and West Virginia was third with 2.9 million tons, the agency said.

Domestic coal production so far this year is 652 million tons, 2 percent ahead of last year’s production at this time.

The week’s production accounts for bituminous and lignite coal.

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