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Coal miners urge Congress extension of black lung funding

Nov. 29, 2018 1:26 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Former Appalachian coal miners and supporters are in Washington this week to urge lawmakers to extend a tax that benefits miners sick with black lung disease. The excise tax paid by coal companies funds the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, but if Congress doesn't act the tax will...

Justices skeptical of argument to overturn Va. mining ban

Nov. 5, 2018 5:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed reluctant Monday to agree with companies seeking to overturn a decades-old Virginia ban on mining radioactive uranium. The justices heard arguments in a case brought by the owners of a massive uranium deposit in Virginia's Pittsylvania County, which borders North...

Divisive Minnesota mine wins permits, but faces challenges

Nov. 1, 2018 5:35 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota regulators on Thursday granted key permits to the long-planned PolyMet copper-mining project that's opposed by environmentalists who fear it could someday foul waters, including Lake Superior. The state Department of Natural Resources issued permits to PolyMet Mining Inc. for...

The Latest: Environmentalists denounce permits for PolyMet

Nov. 1, 2018 5:35 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' decision to issue permits for a proposed copper-nickel mine (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Environmental groups are criticizing a decision by Minnesota regulators to approve permits for a long-planned copper-nickel mine they...

Mining initiative foes accused of taking foreign donations

Oct. 16, 2018 6:47 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Backers of a Montana citizen's initiative that would add new mining regulations say a foreign-owned company is illegally bankrolling an industry campaign against the proposal. In a complaint filed Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission, sponsors of Initiative 186 alleged...