Latest Mining regulation News

The Latest: Minnesota mining company will fight lawsuit

Jun. 21, 2018 2:47 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit challenging mineral rights leases for a planned Minnesota mine (all times local): 1:45 p.m. A company that wants to build a copper-nickel mine near the northeastern Minnesota town of Ely says it will fight a lawsuit that seeks to revoke its federal mineral rights...

Michigan agency grants final permit for Upper Peninsula mine

Jun. 5, 2018 2:42 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan regulators have issued the final required permit for a proposed open-pit mine in the Upper Peninsula near the Wisconsin line, while ordering the company to take additional steps to protect groundwater and the nearby Menominee River. The Michigan Department of...

Ex-coal exec chases US Senate seat despite GOP primary loss

May. 21, 2018 4:54 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Despite losing the Republican primary in a distant third place, convicted ex-coal baron Don Blankenship announced Monday that he will continue his bid for U.S. Senate as a third-party candidate, though it's unclear if the move violates West Virginia's "sore loser" law. Blankenship...

High court to hear challenge to Virginia uranium mining ban

May. 21, 2018 12:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a challenge to Virginia's decades-old ban on uranium mining. The state has had a ban on uranium mining in place since 1982, soon after the discovery of a massive uranium deposit in the state's Pittsylvania County. It's the largest known deposit in...

Trump reversal of mining pollution rule challenged in court

May. 16, 2018 4:55 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Environmental groups challenged the Trump administration in federal court Wednesday over its rejection of an Obama-era proposal that would have required mining companies to prove they have enough money to clean up their pollution. The Idaho Conservation League, Earthworks, Sierra...

Trump says 'great night' after ex-con loses WVa primary

May. 9, 2018 11:26 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican voters rejected ex-convict Don Blankenship in a West Virginia Senate primary in which he sold himself as "Trumpier than Trump" but was vigorously opposed by Trump himself. GOP voters in Indiana, meanwhile, chose wealthy businessman Mike Braun over two sitting congressmen...

GOP outsiders in _ and out _ as primary season kicks off

May. 9, 2018 1:17 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Republican voters rejected ex-convict Don Blankenship Tuesday in a West Virginia Senate primary in which he sold himself as "Trumpier than Trump" but was vigorously opposed by the president. GOP voters in Indiana, meanwhile, chose wealthy businessman Mike Braun over two sitting...

Ex-coal baron takes swipe at "China people" in political ad

May. 4, 2018 3:22 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An ex-coal executive who's running for U.S. Senate after serving a one-year prison sentence has escalated his barrage on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, taking swipes at "China people" and calling McConnell "Cocaine Mitch" in a new ad. Former Massey Energy CEO Don...

Waste landslide at Myanmar jade mining site kills 14

May. 4, 2018 6:25 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A landslide of a mound of mining waste killed at least 14 people Friday morning in northern Myanmar's jade mining region, a local official said. The accident near the Waikha mine also left six people injured and an unknown number believed missing, based on what local villagers reported, said...

Senate votes to nullify Minnesota wild rice water standard

Apr. 30, 2018 5:00 PM EDT

The Minnesota Senate voted 38-28 Monday to nullify a water quality standard that's meant to protect wild rice, a food central to the culture and diet of the region's Ojibwe Indians. But senators also voted to add $500,000 for restoration work to the bill, which passed the House 78-45 last week, so the legislation...