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UTAH FEDERAL COAL PRODUCTION 3RD IN NATION

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In 1988, Utah's coal production from federal land was third highest in the nation, and the production increase from such leases was higher than any other state's.

According to the 1988 Federal Coal Management Report, last year the state produced 15,364,000 tons of coal from federal land, with royalties worth $25.3 million. By law, 50 percent of all such royalties from federal land go into state coffers, so its share was $12.65 million.Wyoming had the country's greatest production with 133.4 million tons from its federal land, an increase of 17.3 percent over the 1987 figure. Next came Montana, with 20.5 million tons, a 10.2 percent drop.

While Utah was in third place in tons of production, its increase - 19.5 percent - was highest in the country.

Overall, 187 million tons were produced in the eight coal-mining states with major operations on federal land, up 11.3 percent over the previous year. Royalties from this totaled $169.4 million.