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FILE- This June 2, 2009 file photo shows  the U.S. Steel plant on Zug Island.  Great Lakes Works, the century-plus old blast furnaces that made the steel that built America, is mostly idle now, but the mill — despite social media rumors — has a little life left in it yet. In 2020, U.S. Steel said it would indefinitely idle major operations at the factories, sending notices to 1,545 employees. Now, there are about 500 workers left and just a small slice of what it was at its peak. In the late 1940s, more than 16,000 men reportedly worked there. (Patrica Beck/Detroit Free Press via AP)

Zug Island mill still operates with fraction of workforce

Jan. 17, 2021 1:01 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Great Lakes Works, the century-plus old blast furnaces that made the steel that built America, is mostly idle now, but the mill — despite social media rumors — has a little life left in it yet. But steel making in metro Detroit — and America — probably...

FILE - This June 15, 2015, file photo shows in the distance, part of the Resolution Copper Mining land-swap project in Superior, Ariz. A group of Apaches who have tried for years to reverse a land swap in Arizona that will make way for one of the largest and deepest copper mines in the U.S. sued the federal government Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. Apache Stronghold argues in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Arizona that the U.S. Forest Service cannot legally transfer land to international mining company Rio Tinto in exchange for eight parcels the company owns around Arizona. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Apaches object to Forest Service review of huge copper mine

Jan. 15, 2021 5:36 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service released an environmental review Friday that paves the way for the creation of one of the largest copper mines in the United States, against the wishes of a group of Apaches who have been trying for years to stop the project. The Forest Service now has 60...

Minnesota lawmakers introduce anti-copper mining legislation

Jan. 15, 2021 1:26 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers are ramping up efforts to prevent mining companies from gaining a foothold in Minnesota with legislation that aims to slow or ban copper-nickel mining on the Iron Range. Companion bills set to be proposed by state lawmakers and U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum seek to block...

FILE - In this July 22, 2015, file photo, Tribal councilman Wendsler Nosie, Sr. speaks with Apache activists in a rally to save Oak Flat, land near Superior, Ariz., sacred to Western Apache tribes, in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington. A group of Apaches who have tried for years to reverse a land swap in Arizona that will make way for one of the largest and deepest copper mines in the U.S. sued the federal government Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. Apache Stronghold argues in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Arizona that the U.S. Forest Service cannot legally transfer land to international mining company Rio Tinto in exchange for eight parcels the company owns around Arizona. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

Judge denies Apache group seeking request to halt land swap

Jan. 14, 2021 10:07 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request from a group of Apaches who sought to keep the U.S. Forest Service from issuing an environmental review of a copper mining project until the court takes up a larger case over who legally owns land known as Oak Flat. The judge on Thursday night...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the California Coastal Commission/UC Davis shows a pile of scrap tires and other debris in the water off Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach, Calif. California may ask tire manufacturers to look at ways of eliminating zinc from their products because studies have shown the mineral may harm aquatic wildlife when it is washed into rivers and lakes. (California Coastal Commission/UC Davis via AP, File)

California toxics agency may take aim at zinc in tires

Jan. 12, 2021 8:48 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is considering asking tire manufacturers to look at ways of eliminating zinc from their products because studies have shown the mineral, which is used to strengthen rubber, may harm waterways, it was announced Tuesday. The state Department of Toxic Substances Control will...

FILE - In this July 22, 2015, file photo, Tribal councilman Wendsler Nosie, Sr. speaks with Apache activists in a rally to save Oak Flat, land near Superior, Ariz., sacred to Western Apache tribes, in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington. A group of Apaches who have tried for years to reverse a land swap in Arizona that will make way for one of the largest and deepest copper mines in the U.S. sued the federal government Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. Apache Stronghold argues in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Arizona that the U.S. Forest Service cannot legally transfer land to international mining company Rio Tinto in exchange for eight parcels the company owns around Arizona. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

Apache group sues over land swap for Arizona copper mine

Jan. 12, 2021 8:26 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A group of Apaches who have tried for years to reverse a land swap in Arizona that will make way for one of the largest copper mines in the U.S. sued the federal government Tuesday. Apache Stronghold argues in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Arizona that the U.S. Forest...

Israeli business man Beny Steinmetz, left, and his lawyer Marc Bonnant, right, arrive to a courthouse in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Israeli diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz goes on trial in Geneva on charges of corruption and forging documents in connection with $10 million in bribes allegedly paid to a former wife of late Guinea President Lansana Conte. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

Israeli tycoon in Swiss court over alleged bribes in Guinea

Jan. 11, 2021 8:49 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Israeli diamond and minerals magnate Beny Steinmetz went on trial in Switzerland on Monday on charges of corruption and forging documents in an alleged bid to win lavish iron ore mining concessions in Guinea by paying millions to a former wife of late President Lansana Conte. Steinmetz, 64,...

Ball Corp. to build new plant in Kentucky, hire about 200

Jan. 8, 2021 9:20 AM EST

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Ball Corp. plans to build a new plant in southern Kentucky that will employ about 200 people making tops for aluminum cans, the company said. The Colorado-based company announced plans on Thursday to build a 450,000-square-foot (41,806-square-meter) plant on a 40-acre (16.2...

400 United Steelworkers on strike at Alabama aluminum plant

Dec. 17, 2020 2:32 PM EST

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (AP) — More than 400 United Steelworkers members are on strike against the French manufacturer Constellium over what the union on Thursday called unfair labor practices at an aluminum factory in northwest Alabama. Months of talks failed to yield an agreement before a contract expired on...

Review deadline changed for Arizona mining project

Dec. 15, 2020 3:07 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has moved up the deadline to complete its review of the Resolution Copper mine east of Phoenix to the end of the year, accelerating the project before President Donald Trump leaves office. The Tonto National Forest, where the mine would be located, must now submit a...