Coal executives want a handout, too

  • 03/23/2020 3:25 pm ET Molly Taft
Coal Execs Want a Handout, Too

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The coal industry is asking the Trump administration for a bailout amid the coronavirus crisis, joining a growing list of industries seeking federal help as the virus sweeps across the country.

The president of the National Mining Association sent a letter to the administration last week asking the government to pause or cut back the royalty fees for mines—a 50% cut in mine reclamation payments intended to clean up old mines—and to slash payments from the industry to pay for miners’ black lung care.

“The coal industry is taking advantage of the country’s current circumstances to advocate for policies that are completely unrelated to the current crisis,” House Natural Resources Chairman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) wrote in a response letter to Congressional leaders.

“It is disappointing that the coal industry is advocating for policies that would not help the tens of thousands of sick, retired, and out-of-work miners that need immediate help and the communities that are still recovering from the legacy of environmental damage caused by the coal industry.”

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