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MSA Issues Safety Alert on FireHawk M7XT

Operations possessing MSA FireHawk M7XT air masks are being urged to heed an important safety notice regarding concerns with the product’s operation, and also to arrange for a free inspection and service of the units.

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NMA Challenges EPA Before Supreme Court

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week from the National Mining Association (NMA), 21 states and the Utility Air Regulatory Group challenging the legality of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2012 Mercury and Air Toxics (MATS) rule. The MATS rule, among the costliest in regulatory history, is responsible for retiring up to 20% of the nation’s coal fleet of power plants, according to the NMA.

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Indian Coal Imports Could Surge This Year

As power companies add capacity to meet rising demand even as millions go without electricity, India’s coal imports are expected to jump 19% to a record of about 200 million metric tons (mt) this fiscal year, said Anil Swarup, coal secretary for India, according to Reuters. He said that shipments into the world’s third-largest coal importer are, however, likely to slide back to about 160 million mt next year, starting April 1 as state-run Coal India Ltd. (CIL) and private companies ramp up output.

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Sunrise Coal’s Bulldog Forging Ahead

State environmental officials in Illinois have requested more information regarding the planned Bulldog underground operation in Vermilion County, and property owner Sunrise Coal is continuing with its optimism that the permit will meet approval.

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Glencore’s West Wallsend to Close Early

Miner Glencore has pushed its plans several months forward and has decided to shutter its West Wallsend coal complex in Australia in 2016, pointing to low prices.

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