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Coal’s Impact on PA Economy

April 29, 2014
HARRISBURG- The coal industry has come out with a report detailing the impact it has on Pennsylvania's economy, and how the state would be affected if some coal-fired power plants are shut down. 

The Pennsylvania Coal Alliance commissioned the Pennsylvania Economy League to study the impact the coal industry has on the economy of the state. 

The study's report concluded that:

-The coal industry supports 36,200 full and part-time jobs in Pennsylvania, 13,900 of them directly working in the industry, the others in support positions

-Coal mining and related activities contribute 4.1 billion dollars to the state's gross domestic product

-Mining wages are higher than the average salary for private sector jobs in the state, by about $30,000 per year

-30 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties host coal mining or associated activities

-In 2011, Pennsylvania produced 68 million tons of coal, making the state the nation's fourth-largest coal producer

Sen. Solobay says there is concern that proposed emission standards could force the shutdown of as many as half of the country’s 600- coal fired energy plants, resulting in the loss of thousands of family sustaining jobs. He says the bi-partisan coal caucus will continue to work to protect Pennsylvania coal mining jobs.

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