- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - Gov. Matt Mead is expressing optimism that the Wyoming Legislature will approve his request to build a $15 million coal research laboratory.

Mead says Campbell County would be a good place to locate a lab to look for innovative uses and emerging technology for coal. Wyoming is the nation’s leading coal producer.

In an interview with the Gillette News Record (https://bit.ly/1aLInN6) Mead noted that people blame the burning of coal for climate change, so it’s a goal to make coal more efficient and a better fuel source.

If the Legislature approves the proposal, Mead said he’ll try to get other coal-producing states to buy in to the idea.

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Information from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record, https://www.gillettenewsrecord.com

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