United States mines produced a record high 833 million short tons of coal (about 1% more than in 1981), indicating that a production plateau has been reached. One-half of the 26 producing states increased production in 1982; the other half decreased production. The second highest quantity of coal exported from the United States (106 million tons) was a 6% decline from 1981. This was 13% of 1982 United States coal production; 61% of it was coking coal for use in iron and steel manufacture, and 39% was "steam" coal used for electric power generation.--Modified journal abstract.

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