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Obama Administration Halts New Coal Leases on Federal Lands

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    In this Oct. 6, 2015 FILE photo, a miner works underground in the Sewell "R" coal mine Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in Yukon, W.Va.

    The Obama administration announced Friday that it will halt issuing new coal leases on federal lands — a blow to the coal industry, NBC News reported.

    The administration says it is examining whether fees charged to mining companies provide a fair return to American taxpayers and reflect coal's impact on the environment.

    The move stymies new coal production on federal lands as the administration weighs a programmatic overhaul. President Obama suggested that the administration might go in this direction during the State of the Union address this week.