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Why Coal's Recent Slide Makes it Harder to Clean Up its Dirty Past

Because clean-up funds for old mines are tied to revenues from current mining operations, a slow-down in the industry could delay the clean-up of hundreds of abandoned mines in Pennsylvania.

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Federal Air Rules Bring 'New Normal' for Coal

Bringing coal plants in-line with federal air quality rules is costing the coal industry billions. But environmentalists say the rules will save lives. 

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From West Virginia to the West: A Coal Miner's Story

Third-generation coal miner Daniel Kent Parrish chased a job 1,700 miles across the country to Wyoming—where coal is still king.

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In Boone County, Less Coal, Less Money, Fewer Miners

Many places are feeling the pain of the coal industry's decline. But in Boone County, West Virginia, they've lost more coal jobs than any other county in the nation.

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Solar’s Bright Future Could Depend on Government Policy

The solar industry is booming—now employing twice as many workers as the coal industry. But continued growth could depend on government support for the industry.

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In Coal Country, What's Next for Miners?

Layoffs and mine closings are becoming more and more common in parts of West Virginia and Kentucky, where the coal industry is having a hard time competing in a new energy future.

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Appalachian Writer on the Double-edged Sword of Coal

Writer Silas House grew up in the hills of Eastern Kentucky. Now he's using that experience to describe life in coal country through rich, complex characters steeped in history and tradition.

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In Kentucky, A Prairie Made by Coal

Coal is in a long decline in Central Appalachia. Coal mining jobs are disappearing there—but the imprint of coal on the landscape is everywhere. More than a million acres of strip-mined land—an area the size of Rhode Island—are now deforested.

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Federal Regulations Drive the Past and Future of Coal

In 1970, a federal act called the Clean Air Act brought Wyoming a surge in its low-sulfur coal industry. Today, coal miners in the state wait to hear about new regulations that could make or break their local economy.

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In the West, Coal's Boom Resonates Across the Land

If the coal industry has started to leave Appalachia, the American West is now coal’s new home base. In America’s current capital of coal—Wyoming's Powder River Basin—the industry’s imprint on the West runs deep.

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