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Published January 12, 2014, 02:18 PM

ND lignite production up slightly in 2013

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Lignite production in North Dakota last year up slightly but still below the long-term average.

By: Associated Press, WDAY

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Lignite production in North Dakota last year up slightly but still below the long-term average.

The Lignite Energy Council says the state's four large lignite mines produced 27.7 million tons of coal in 2013. That's up from 27.5 million tons from 2012.

The group says production has been near 30 million tons since 1988, making North Dakota one of the 10 major coal-producing states in the nation.

The four large mines are the Freedom, Falkirk, Center and Beulah mines. Most of the lignite mined last year was used to create electricity. Smaller amounts were used to produce synthetic natural gas and fertilizer products.

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