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Peabody reaches climate change deal with New York attorney general

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St. Louis-based Peabody Coal and ArcelerMittal will buy Australian coal giant Macarthur Coal for $5.2 billion.

St. Louis-based Peabody Energy is revising how it anticipates efforts to address climate change could affect the company's bottom line.

The world's largest publicly-traded coal company has reached an agreement with the New York state attorney general's office following a multi-year investigation. The New York attorney general accused Peabody of violating state laws by not giving enough information in its financial statements about the monetary risks associated with climate change.

Peabody says it will be more clear about financial projections based on possible tighter federal regulations on the coal industry.

The company had stated it could not make such predictions because of the uncertainty surrounding proposed laws.

Peabody says it has examined the potential impact of hypothetical laws to "evaluate risks and allocate capital."

It is not admitting to any wrongdoing and the agreement does not include a financial penalty.

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