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P.M. BRIEFING : Mine Royalties Plan to Be Reversed

From Times wire services

Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan Jr. said today that he intends to reverse his predecessor’s plan to lower royalties on coal taken from mines beneath federal lands.

But Lujan, testifying before the interior subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, said he found that he could not stop a change in the method of valuing coal which lowers royalties and that it might be Nov. 1 before he could promulgate a new regulation to revoke it.


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