The Christmas truce is over in the nation's soft coal fields.
Striking United Mine Workers members said they would continue efforts today to close down non- UMW facilities. Negotiators for the UMW and the Bituminous Coal Operators Association planned to resume talks today in Washington in an effort to end the walkout by 188,000 miners in 22 states that began Dec. 6.
The contract talks stalled early last week - reportedly over contract language to curb wildcat strikes - and were reduced to the subcommittee level.
Picketing was at a virtual standstill during th long holiday weekend, with strikers taking a break from picketing activities and celebrating Christmas with family and friends.
Menwhle, the National Coal Association said President Carter's goal of doubling coal production by 1985 is attainable, provided the government doesn't impose unreasonable strict pollution and safety standards on industry.
An NCA study found that 100 major coal firms plan to open or expend 332 mines expected to produced about 594 million additional tons of coal by 1985.
NCA President Carl E. Bagge said he thinks Carter's target of 1.2 to 4,3 billion tons of coal is realistie. "The principal task facing the Carter administration is to assure that the regulatory requirements are resonable," he said.