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Steel mill sorry for spill that killed fish, closed beaches

Aug. 17, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — A steel company apologized for a spill of cyanide and ammonia that led to a fish kill and prompted the closure of beaches along Lake Michigan. ArcelorMittal issued a statement Friday night saying it "apologizes and accepts responsibility for the incident from the Burns Harbor...

Mayor: Officials waited days to warn of lake chemical spill

Aug. 16, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana mayor accused state environmental officials Friday of waiting several days before notifying his city about a steel mill's spill of cyanide and another chemical that led to a fish kill and prompted the closure of beaches along Lake Michigan. Portage Mayor John Cannon said the...

The Latest: Mayor: Officials delayed notifying city of spill

Aug. 16, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — The Latest on a chemical spill northwestern Indiana's Lake Michigan shoreline (all times local): 2:20 p.m. A northwestern Indiana mayor says state environmental officials waited several days before notifying his city about a chemical spill that has caused a fish kill and prompted the...

Trump-McConnell 2020? Senate leader takes on role of wingman

Aug. 10, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not quite "Trump-McConnell 2020," but it might as well be. As he runs for reelection, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is positioning himself as the president's wingman, his trusted right hand in Congress, transformed from a behind-the-scenes player into a prominent if...

Mining region struggles as it faces loss of biggest employer

Aug. 10, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

METALINE FALLS, Wash. (AP) — Times are tough in a rural county in northeast Washington state because one of the region's biggest employers is shutting down. The Pend Oreille Mine, just north of Metaline Falls, closed on July 31, at a cost of about 200 family wage jobs in an area of less than 1,000...

Minnesota appeals court blocks key permit for PolyMet mine

Aug. 6, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A state appeals court has blocked a key permit for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Tuesday stayed the project's water quality permit. Minnesota Public Radio News reports environmental groups and the Fond du Lac Band...

Judge blocks copper mine project in Arizona national forest

Aug. 1, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge has overturned the U.S. Forest Service's approval of plans for a new copper mine in southeastern Arizona in a decision that comes amid a larger battle across the West over the use of public lands for mining. The judge ruled late Wednesday that the agency improperly evaluated...

Steel Dynamics to build $1.9B mill in Texas, create 600 jobs

Jul. 24, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

SINTON, Texas (AP) — An Indiana company is planning to build a $1.9 billion flat roll steel mill in south Texas and create about 600 jobs. Steel Dynamics Inc. says the electric arc-furnace unit will be in Sinton, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northwest of Corpus Christi. The company said in a statement...

Film airing on PBS recalls city's dark deportation history

Jul. 13, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) — The darkest, most violent chapter in the history of Bisbee was an open secret for decades in the funky old Arizona copper town 7 miles (11 kilometers) north of the U.S.-Mexico border. But few residents knew the details of how about 1,200 miners, most of them immigrants, were pulled...

1 miner killed, 5 injured at Polish copper mines

Jul. 6, 2019 8:52 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's international copper mining company KGHM Polska Miedz says that one miner has been killed and five injured at two separate mines in the country's southwest. The company said Saturday that a 40-year-old operator of a mining machine was killed by falling rocks in the...