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Keeping an open mine: Are President Trump’s policies reviving Pa.’s coal industry?

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A look at the the Blaschak Coal Corporation pit mine Dec. 4, 2018, in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania. (Matt Smith for Keystone Crossroads)

A look at the the Blaschak Coal Corporation pit mine Dec. 4, 2018, in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania. (Matt Smith for Keystone Crossroads)

For decades in Mahanoy City in northeastern Pennsylvania, coal was king. But as the industry has seen a decline, so has the city. Now there are plans to reopen a mine in nearby Mount Carmel. How much does the new mine have to do with the coal-loving culture of the city and how much does it have to do with President Trump’s promises to bring back the industry? On this episode of The Why, reporter Jen Kinney walks us through the ways the Trump administration has eased regulations and how that’s impacting the future of coal in Pennsylvania.

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