PBS Coals and its affiliate, RoxCoal, will immediately idle a portion of its deep and surface mines in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Production schedules for the remaining mines have been adjusted to match market demand.

                “Both the foreign and domestic coal markets remain soft due to weak economic growth and activity. Additionally, the escalating costs and uncertainty generated by recently advanced EPA regulations and interpretations have created a challenging business climate for the entire coal industry,” said D. Lynn Shanks, president and CEO.