Indiana’s steam coal mines enjoyed a healthy increase of 8% in production in 2018, and state industry officials are guardedly optimistic they will have a similar performance in 2019. According to Indiana Coal Council President Bruce Stephens, the state’s 18 surface and underground coal mines produced 33.5 million tons last year, despite the fact that approximately 4 million tons of Indiana production were lost due to coal plant retirements and/or fuel switches. Stephens said he is especially encouraged by that development.
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