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China Suspends Coal Imports From North Korea

Starting February 19, China has halted all coal imports from North Korea until the end of 2017, according to the Ministry of Commerce. 

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Contura’s Running Right Leadership Academy Receives Award at SME

Contura Energy Inc.’s Running Right Leadership Academy (RRLA), owned by Contura Energy Services LLC, has received the Health and Safety Operational Excellence Award from the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME). The award recognizes exemplary occupational health and safety management performance and practices, and the honor was formally presented during the SME annual meeting in Denver this week. 

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Alpha Natural Resources Completes Sale of Assets in Eastern Kentucky

Alpha Natural Resources Holdings Inc. and ANR Inc. announced the divestment of all of their affiliated mining assets in Harlan County, Kentucky, to JRL Coal LLC of Marietta, Georgia. 

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Working With Congress, President Trump Repeals Stream Protection Rule

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With coal miners looking over his shoulder, President Trump signs a bill repealing the Stream Protection Rule.

On February 16, President Donald J. Trump signed legislation that will repeal the Stream Protection Rule, which he called “another terrible job-killing rule.” 

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Atrum Coal to Submit Small Mine Permit for Groundhog Project

Anthracite coal developer Atrum Coal Ltd. announced plans to conduct additional drilling during 2017 at its flagship project, the Groundhog North project in British Columbia, Canada. It also plans to submit an application for a small mine permit. The permit would enable the company to start commercial production at a rate of 250,000 tons per year.

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