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Supporters gather at AL State House to protect coal industry jobs

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The Alabama Coal Association and United Mine Workers of America are announcing a new initiative to go up against those who they say want to destroy coal jobs in Alabama.

Dozens of miners and their supporters from all over the state traveled to the Alabama State House Thursday morning.

Among those in attendance were Alabama state senator Greg Reed and state representative Bill Roberts.  

The meeting's key goal is to protect and promote Alabama jobs within the coal industry.

"The EPA is trying to limit what we do and basically phase out the coal mining industry," says John Box, a coal miner from Tuscaloosa. "I'm a 3rd generation coal miner," he adds. "We've been benefiting this country for well over 100 years. We have to make sure our jobs don't get phased out in the meantime."

Organizers argue that legislation backed by Public Service Commissioner Terry Dunn could affect nearly 16,000 families in Alabama.

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