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Mine opponents to ask Minnesota Supreme Court to void permit

Nov. 29, 2022 16:56 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday on an attempt by environmental groups to cancel a key permit for a long-stalled copper-nickel mine. Opponents of PolyMet Mining Corp.′s project say state regulators should have included...

Cliffs CEO: Minnesota mine will close without mineral rights

Nov. 18, 2022 10:46 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The CEO of Cleveland-Cliffs says an iron ore mine in northern Minnesota will close in a few years if it doesn’t get mineral rights from a nearby project that hasn't been completed. Hibbing Taconite, which is owned by Cleveland-Cliffs, is expected to run out of...

Tribe continues fight against proposed Arizona copper mine

Nov. 17, 2022 17:06 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the state Department of Environmental Quality illegally issued a Clean Water Act permit for the proposed Resolution Copper Mine, which is being opposed by the San Carlos Apache Tribe. The decision overturns a Maricopa...

After years of construction, Shell ethane cracker starts up

Nov. 15, 2022 18:53 PM EST

MONACA, Pa. (AP) — Years in the works, a massive petrochemical refinery in western Pennsylvania fed by the vast natural gas reservoir underneath Appalachia became fully operational Tuesday, oil and gas giant Shell plc said. The refinery, built on the site of a former zinc smelter...

Oregon university plans to develop new rechargeable battery

Nov. 12, 2022 10:11 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A research team led by Oregon State University is planning to develop a new rechargeable battery that could reduce the need for environmentally destructive mining of rare minerals like nickel and lithium and accelerate the clean energy transition. The U.S....

OSHA proposes fines against Caterpillar after worker death

Nov. 09, 2022 19:37 PM EST

MAPLETON, Ill. (AP) — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Wednesday proposed fines of $145,027 against Caterpillar Inc. for not installing a guardrail or travel restraint at a foundry outside Peoria where a worker fell into molten iron in June. Steven...

Macron urges France's big polluters to cut emissions by half

Nov. 08, 2022 13:06 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday urged the country’s most climate-damaging industries to double their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the next decade, one day after his call for action at the U.N. climate summit in Egypt. Macron convened...