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DEC 2012

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DECEMBER 2012 FEATURE ARTICLES 28 Clean Coal Strikes Back Prairie State and its adjacent underground mine begin generating reliable inexpensive power 44 New Technology Allows Mine Operators to Get Optimum Tire Performance Several tire manufacturers debut new systems and tires for ultra-class haul trucks 48 Silica and Respirable Content in Rock Dust Samples 54 Matrix, Alliance Resources and Preparing for New Proximity Regulations 60 PRAIRIE STATE/38 Patton Rolls into Illinois The newest longwall mine in Foresight Energy's fleet comes online 38 NO. 12 China's Deep Water Ports 32 FORESIGHT ENERGY/32 VOL. 117 Hot Dip Galvanized Steel Reduces Plant Maintenance Costs MINING TIRES/44 PROXIMITY DETECTION/54 COAL IN THE NEWS 6 Southern Coal recalls and hires Appalachian miners 6 Peabody decides to close Willow Lake 6 Cloud Peak Energy sells Decker to Ambre Energy 7 Signal Peak lifts force majeure 10 Rhino plans new ILB operation 11 Court reviews Essar's requests 14 Alliance sees markets improving 20 Japanese utilities to purchase U.S. coal from Oxbow 21 Federal Appeals Court upholds discrimination decision 22 Midwest Generation faces possible bankruptcy 24 Coal transportation costs continue to climb THIS ISSUE This month, Coal Age profiles Foresight Energy's Deer Creek longwall mine. On the cover, Deer Creek longwall shearer operators Mike Ferrill (left) and Brian Hall. WORLD NEWS 7 VISA Steel & SunCoke Energy announce Indian joint venture Ship damages coal loading system at Westshore Terminals 10 DEPARTMENTS Bumi expects to retain business in Indonesia 4 Editorial 11 South African exports increase 6 Coal in the News Czech Coal makes offer for Pocerady power plant 7 World News Cliffs Natural Resources finalizes sale of its Sonoma mine 14 People Mongolia pulls plan again to list coal mine 18 Dateline Washington Canada Coal evaluates Nunavut coal licenses 22 Calendar ENRC announces plans for a railroad in Mozambique 28 Transport Tips 60 Operating Ideas 62 Suppliers News 64 Product News 69 Classified 72 Legally Speaking 20 21 December 2012 www.coalage.com 1

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