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US coal haul seen up 4%

US coal production should reach the 800 million-ton level in 1980, a 3.9 percent increase over 1979, the National Coal Association says. Production in states east of the Mississippi River should increase by 7 million tons over 1979 levels, to 561 million tons. Production in the West is expected to rise to 239 million tons, a 23 million-ton increase.

Total consumption of coal for domestic use and for exports should reach 776 million tons this year, up 4.4 percent from 1979.

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Domestic consumption will increase to 707 million tons, from 678 million tons in 1979.