Production in the Central Appalachia (CAPP) region has been rapidly declining over the last decade, as average production costs in the region have been increasing because of depleting reserves and growing regulatory oversight of coal mining. Historically, US environmental air quality regulations have supported the greater use of CAPP coal due to its low sulphur content, causing low-cost reserves to be depleted quickly.
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