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Army Corps of Engineers grants final permit for PolyMet mine

Mar. 22, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — PolyMet Mining Corp. has received the final permit it needs to proceed with building Minnesota's first copper-nickel mine, the company and the Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday. The Corps said it issued the permit late Tuesday. It deals with the steps PolyMet must take to...

With black lung fund in jeopardy, taxpayers could foot bill

Mar. 20, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Trump administration and coal industry allies are insisting that a federal black lung trust fund will continue to pay benefits to sick miners despite a drastic cut in funding. But the expected shortfalls will be covered by taxpayers instead of coal companies, adding more debt to...

Grand Canyon looking into possible radiation exposure

Feb. 19, 2019 7:45 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Grand Canyon National Park officials say they are investigating whether anyone was exposed to radiation at unsafe levels while samples of uranium ore sat in plastic buckets in a park research building. Three 5-gallon (18.93-liter) buckets have been removed from a building about a...

Deadly Brazil dam collapse was disaster waiting to happen

Feb. 2, 2019 4:00 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Lax regulations, chronic short staffing and a law that muffled the voices of environmentalists on mining licenses made the devastating collapse of a dam in southeastern Brazil all but destined to happen, experts and legislators say. The failure of the dam holding back iron ore mining waste...