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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is hosting a congressional field hearing in West Virginia next week to discuss the future of the coal industry.

Manchin chairs the Senate Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining. It’s part of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

He’ll gather testimony on the status of coal-fired power generation, and challenges and opportunities for domestic producers. The witness list hasn’t been released.

The event is set for 9:30 a.m. Sept. 4 at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown.

West Virginia politicians have been publicly battling the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over regulations they say hurt coal mining, but several Democrats sounded more hopeful after a recent visit with the new administrator.

Administrator Gina McCarthy met with Manchin and others during her first week on the job.

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