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Article: Coal miners see progress ahead in Congress, Courts - Politico

Jan 29th, 2013

The mining industry is optimistic about wielding Congress and the courts this year to push an agenda focused on expanding mining on federal lands and coal export capacity, as well as fighting EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations.

“There’s not one corner of the Congress where we don’t have strong friends,” said Rich Nolan, the National Mining Association’s senior vice president for government affairs.

With 38 percent congressional turnover over the past four years, the industry sees itself as being in a favorable position, having supported about half the new members, Nolan said in a meeting Monday.

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