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Congress Enters Coal Debate

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Congress is entering the debate over whether taxpayers are getting a fair shake on coal mined in Montana, Wyoming and other western states.

Republicans in control of the Natural Resources Committee are highlighting the benefits of coal including $2.4 billion in federal revenues and increased jobs. But, Democrats are saying an uncompetitive bidding process and an increase in coal exports is allowing mining companies to shortchange the federal government. An industry oversight committee will be held. Experts said most sales of public coal occur in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming which accounts for nearly 40 percent of US coal production.

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