DOI Proposes To Clarify Federal Coal Royalty Payments

Law360, New York (August 9, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT) -- An Interior Department agency proposed Friday to clarify certain rules about royalty rates that so-called hybrid federal coal mines, which use both surface and underground mining techniques, would have to pay.

The Bureau of Land Management said Friday that it has proposed to clarify that only underground mines will have to pay an 8 percent royalty rate, while all other mines, including hybrid mines, would have to pay the 12.5 percent royalty rate that currently applies to coal unearthed from surface mines.

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