SLIDESHOW: West Virginia mining towns seek coal comeback

Fox News visited Boone County and other mining communities in West Virginia to talk about residents' hopes for a coal comeback.

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    A decade ago, West Virginia’s bucolic Boone County was leading the nation in mining jobs.

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    Then a wave of environmental regulations had devastating effects on towns built around the industry.

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    While the community took a hit, some plants continued operating. This one, in Madison, is one of a handful of coal plants left in the state.

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    A 1994 statue dedicated to West Virginia coal miners outside the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine in Beckley, West Virginia

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    Chris Hamilton, senior vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association, sees hope for jobs.

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    Coal-mining communities across Appalachia see a shot at rebuilding, as the Trump administration moves to ease regulations.

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    While the industry is hurting, the coal is still being produced -- tons of it, like this pile in Marmet, W.Va.

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