A big deal EPA chief Pruitt impressed with coal mine tour

The future of Powder River Basin coal lies overseas, something EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt stressed during a Thursday morning visit to the heart of Wyoming coal country.

As the guest of U.S. Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, both Wyoming Republicans, Pruitt toured Arch Coal’s Black Thunder mine south of Wright, the second-largest producing thermal coal mine in the world.

Pruitt said he was impressed by the “size and scope” of the operation. Black Thunder produced 70.5 million tons of coal in 2017.