Monday, July 03, 2006

An End to Coal Mining in Lewis County?

Centralia Chronicle
"Regulatory burden puts firm's future in county in doubt

Concerns about the future of TransAlta (or any other company) to continue to operate the steam-electric plant and associated coal mine near Centralia are unsettling. The concern became reality for 52 miners the company had to let go in mid-June. The layoffs were due in part to delays in obtaining timely permits for mine operation, according to company spokesman Richard DeBolt of Chehalis."