MT. MORRIS, Pa. (AP) — A mining company is closing one of its Pennsylvania coal mines and shedding nearly 400 jobs.

The Observer-Reporter newspaper reports that Dana Mining notified Pennsylvania on Tuesday of its decision to close its 4 West Mine.

The company, based in Morgantown, West Virginia, says the mine's old age and poor geological conditions have resulted in high production costs.

The mine in Mount Morris will idle in March and 191 workers will be laid off. The remaining 179 employees will remove equipment and seal off the mine by June, after which they will also be terminated.

Nationally, coal production and jobs have staged a slight comeback under the Trump administration but are still far below levels of just a few years ago.

Mount Morris is about 60 miles south of Pittsburgh.


Information from: Observer-Reporter,

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