Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ: ARLP ) might have the best set of coal assets for the current regulatory environment. The company engages in the production and marketing of coal and operates 11 underground mining complexes in the Illinois Basin, Central Appalachian, and Northern Appalachian regions. The key to success is the lower costs of the Illinois Basin coal that has a cost advantage now that electric utility scrubbers allow for the use of the high-sulfur coal to meet EPA regulations.
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