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Owners of Navajo Plant Vote for 2019 Lease Extension

Rather than close the plant later this year, the utility owners of Navajo Generating Station (NGS) voted on February 13 to extend operations of the three-unit 2,250-megawatt (MW) facility near Page, Arizona, to December 2019 if an agreement can be reached with the Navajo Nation.

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American Coal Council and Coal Trading Association Combine

Members of the American Coal Council (ACC) and the Coal Trading Association (CTA) have approved the combination of the two organizations. The combined organization will operate under the existing American Coal Council name and organizational structure and be managed by CEO Betsy Monseu and current ACC staff members.

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Japan Plans to Build 45 New Coal Plants in Next 10 Years

Japanese companies plan to develop about 45 additional coal power plants, adding more than 20 gigawatts (GW) of capacity, in the next decade, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Fossil fuels accounted for about 82% of Japan’s net electricity generation in 2015, up from 62% in 2010. The share of fossil fuel-powered generation rose substantially for the first time in several decades in the wake of the Fukushima disaster when electric utilities turned to hydrocarbons as substitutes for the lost nuclear power generation, the EIA said.

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Volunteers Needed for Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia

In 2014, the Society of Mining Engineers (SME) partnered with Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and successfully launched the Mining in Society Merit Badge. They need help continuing to educate Scouts and creating interest in the mining sector and related industries. In July, the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia, will host more than 40,000 Scouts, Venturers and leaders from around the nation, and SME is participating with a Mining in Society merit badge booth. The Jamboree takes place every four years and they need help in two areas: volunteers and financial donations.

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Savage Acquires Sunpro

Savage has increased its service capabilities by acquiring Sunpro Inc., a Midwest-based industrial and environmental field services company. Sunpro provides emergency response and planned services including spill response, remediation and transportation of environmental waste, across a variety of industries. Sunpro currently operates nine facilities, supporting more than 100 customers in 12 states.

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