West Virginia coal mining and processing plant owners and managers lost 1,000 jobs as a result of a federal coal ban, a coal industry association said Wednesday.
The association for the state’s coal industry reported that 2,200 jobs were lost at the St. Marys, West Virginia mine.
The St. Maarten Coal Company, which is owned by St. Louis-based Coal Company International Inc., also announced it was cutting 1,400 jobs.
The company has not yet said how many jobs are affected by the ban.
The U.S. Department of Labor said it expects coal companies to report full-year net job loss data for April, which would include those affected by Trump’s coal ban.
“The Trump administration has declared that coal mines and smelters can no longer operate under the coal and natural gas leasing program,” the department said in a statement.
“This is the first time the U.P.L.A. has issued this type of guidance, and it is very concerning for many of our employees and the thousands of West Virginia mines and plants that depend on coal for electricity generation.
The Trump administration should not have taken this decision without due consideration of the many economic and environmental benefits that would result from this rule.”
Trump announced the coal ban in May 2017, saying it would hurt coal miners, farmers, businesses and other industries.
He has repeatedly cited the ban as an example of what he says are unfair trade practices, saying China, Mexico and other countries unfairly undercut U.K. exports of coal and other raw materials.