Wayne Niederhauser

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Coal Industry Report to Public Utilities Committee

A very interesting report was given to the Public Utilities and Technology Committee on Utah's coal industry. Last year 20 million tons of coal was extracted from Utah mines. There are nearly 5000 jobs in our state that are directly or indirectly related to our coal industry. This puts $600 million into our local economy. Some of Utah's highest paying jobs are directly related to coal mining. This is a great boon to many of Utah's rural areas. Additionally, because coal based electricity is so inexpensive here, it is a great incentive to entice business to build here.

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