The federal government notified regulators in Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico this week that one of the world’s largest coal companies may be out of compliance with coal mining regulations.
In response to a federal inquiry about potential mining violations by bankrupt coal company Alpha Natural Resources, Wyoming regulators say they are in compliance with the law.
The number of train cars carrying coal on U.S. railroads has dropped thanks to falling demand and warmer-than-usual winter temperatures.
The coal industry’s slide continues as one of the nation’s largest producers reported a loss of over $2 billion in 2015.
Wyoming regulators and a bankrupt coal company have reached a resolution on the company’s substantial outstanding coal mine cleanup costs.
The federal government has agreed to give state regulators an extension to respond to its inquiry into potential violations of mining regulations.
Wyoming regulators have asked for more time to respond to the federal government’s concerns about potential lapses in state oversight of coal mine reclamation.
The federal government sent two notices to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality today, wanting regulators take a closer look at hundreds of millions of dollars in clean-up costs held by two bankrupt coal companies.
Another coal giant, with operations all over the US, declared bankruptcy today.