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Peabody Energy lays off 40 miners at Kayenta coal mine in Arizona

Coal News - Published on Tue, 26 Mar 2019

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AZ Central reported that Peabody Energy laid off about 40 miners, representing about 12% of the mine's workforce, at the Kayenta coal mine on Navajo and Hopi land in Arizona last month in preparation for the mine's closure later this year. Peabody Director of Corporate Communications Charlene Murdock said "Based on current business needs, Peabody’s Kayenta Mine reduced its workforce in February, affecting about 40 workers. The company regrets the impact this action has had on impacted workers and their families."

The mine near Kayenta supplies coal to the Navajo Generating Station power plant about 80 miles away outside of Page, on the shore of Lake Powell. Salt River Project runs the power plant for multiple owners, who decided in 2017 to close the plant because it is a money loser.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 26 Mar 2019
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