The West Virginia Coal Forum – an organization representing both labor and management in the coal industry – in conjunction with the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce, will host a forum to highlight the challenges and opportunities facing the coal industry from 9 a.m. to noon on July 23rd at the Quality Hotel & Conference Center in Bluefield.  Entitled “West Virginia Coal – 2015 & Beyond”, this series of educational and informational events will bring attention to the impact of U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, state and federal environmental regulations and strategies for confronting these critical issues head on. 

The upcoming August 17 TVMI golf tournament is the main fund raiser for its scholarship fund and is in need of your support for next year’s scholarships.  At its May meeting, six 2015 scholarship recipients were named.  The top two $6,000 scholarships were awarded to Erika Coleman and Caroline Hatfield, both from Belfry High School.  Four $750 scholarships were awarded to Benjamin Fitch & Aaron Tackett from Sheldon Clark High School, Adriana Fleming from Logan High School and Olivia Ooten from Tug Valley High School.  For more information or registration for the golf tournament contact Andy Ashurst (aashurst@alphanr.com) or Georgene Robertson (grobertson@archcoal.com).

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Coal production in the U.S. fell sharply for the week ending July 4. And the decline from last year steepened, with production off 16.6% from last year’s levels according to the latest report from the Energy Information Agency (EIA) for the week.

High Court Curbs EPA's Power to Regulate Emissions

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday nixed the EPA's landmark rule limiting mercury and other emissions from power plants, saying it should have considered the rule's multi-billion-dollar compliance costs first.

CHARLESTON – The June 29th decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the EPA’s Mercury Rule is a major win for the coal industry and for American consumers.  The ruling affirms what we have argued from the beginning – the EPA’s actions under this rule and others were made without regard to economic consequences and were specifically designed to remove coal from the nation’s energy mix. 

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