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Mining is one of the oldest and most important contributors to modern societies. All raw materials used to sustain life must either be mined or grown. 

Surface Mining, though not without its temporary environmental impact, is vital to development. We must extract those minerals and precious metals that we all depend on for our energy, electronics, transportation, infrastructure, and other aspects of everyday life.

Surface coal mining in the United States is highly regulated at both the federal and state levels to protect the safety of miners and ensure the least environmental impact possible.  Surface coal mining creates high paying jobs, supports local, state, and federal economies, and produces one of the only fully domestic energy resources available to the American people.

Welcome to the Truth About Surface Mining website. We hope it will provide a logical and detailed introduction to coal generally, and to coal that is surface mined specifically, by presenting matters in a useful and factual context.







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