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A Wyoming coal mine in the Powder River Basin broke a coal production record last month.

The North Rochelle-Antelope mine shipped 10 million short tons of coal in March, a monthly production record for the Peabody Energy Corp.-owned mine, a company official official told a reporter from Platts, which covers the industry, on April 6.

The mine, second largest in the U.S. as measured by production numbers, loaded 641 trains with a total of 10.06 million tons of coal, said John Hull, Peabody's vice president of transportation.

The mine usually produces 8million to 9 million tons a month, he said.

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North Antelope Rochelle produced 105.8 million tons of coal in 2010, according to data from the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Platts, a journalism organization that covers the energy, shipping and metals industries, published news of the record online April 7.

Peabody spokeswoman Meg Gallagher wouldn't confirm the totals to the Star-Tribune this week, citing a need for the company to not announce such things prior to its quarterly earnings announcement next week.

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Reach Jeremy Fugleberg at 307-266-0623 or jeremy.fugleberg@trib.com. Read his blog at http://trib.com/news/opinion/blogs/boom/ and follow him on Twitter: @jerenegy.

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