The federal Energy Information Administration said in October that U.S. coal exports in 2012 were expected to break the previous record set in 1979, and that coal exports have tripled since 2003.Overall, EIA reported this month that total U.S. coal production is expected to fall about 7 percent this year. Next year, Appalachian region coal production is expected to decline slightly.
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