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Top advocate for coal, mining industry, to retire end of 2019

National Mining Association CEO Hal Quinn has fought to shore up struggling coal industry, scoring recent legislative, regulatory wins


April 12, 2019
By Martin Berman-Gorvine

Hal Quinn announced April 3 that he will retire from the National Mining Association at the end of the year, after 11 years as CEO. Under his watch, the group has energetically lobbied for and vocally backed the Trump administration’s stated policy of advancing the coal industry.

Among achievements the association listed that have occurred during Quinn’s tenure are its challenges to regulations, including many proposed or adopted during the Obama administration. Following Donald Trump’s 2016 election, NMA pushed Senate lawmakers to use the Congressional Review Act to revoke some rules, such as one aimed at protecting streams during mining operations.