Latest Mining regulation News

Mining ban near Boundary Waters once again on the table

Jan. 13, 2022 13:01 PM EST

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The ongoing tug-of war over whether mining should be allowed near the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness has been resurrected with strong opinions on both sides of the issue. Federal officials once again gathered feedback from the public in a...

Tarnished Gold: Illegal Amazon gold seeps into supply chains

Jan. 13, 2022 08:24 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — The medals were billed as the most sustainable ever produced. To match the festive spirit of South America’s first Olympics, officials from Brazil, the host country for the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro, boasted that the medals hung around the necks of athletes on...

Biden pays silent tribute as Reid lies in state at Capitol

Jan. 12, 2022 20:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The late Sen. Harry Reid was remembered Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol as a “legendary leader,” a hardscrabble Democrat who rose from poverty in a dusty Nevada mining town to deliver landmark legislation from the Senate's most powerful position. President Joe...

Komatsu executive: Oil spill 'should never have happened'

Jan. 09, 2022 11:12 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — An executive with Wisconsin manufacturing company Komatsu says the spread of oil from a spill on the Menomonee River in Milwaukee last month could have been avoided if the company had quickly notified local authorities. John Koetz, Komatsu’s president of surface...

Illinois sues mine over use of toxic foam to control fire

Jan. 08, 2022 15:47 PM EST

MACEDONIA, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois attorney general is accusing a coal mine operator of polluting the area with toxic foam to try to stop an underground fire. “Exposure to such chemicals can cause long-lasting damage to the environment and poses a serious risk to public...

Federal money to help clean up Callahan mine site in Maine

Dec. 31, 2021 12:30 PM EST

BROOKSVILLE, Maine (AP) — A contaminated mine is Brooksville is in line to receive federal funding to assist in the cleanup. The former Callahan Mining Corporation site is one of 49 Superfund sites across the country whose cleanup will be funded with $1 billion from the...

Teachers' union sues to withdraw measures from Nevada ballot

Dec. 30, 2021 18:40 PM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Political action committees backed by Nevada's largest teachers' union are suing the secretary of state to remove two of their own tax measures from the 2022 ballot. “The Secretary of State has no discretion under law to refuse to permit Petitioners to...

Minnesota regulators reaffirm air permit for proposed mine

Dec. 20, 2021 20:44 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State regulators who three years ago issued an air quality permit for a proposed copper-nickel mine in northwestern Minnesota stood by their decision in a report released Monday that said the mine did not provide misleading information on its plans. The...

Crypto execs head to Capitol as Congress mulls regulations

Dec. 08, 2021 17:36 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Cryptocurrency executives went to Capitol Hill Wednesday to say their fast-growing industry understands more regulation is likely coming, but they don't want it to squelch the next wave of the internet or send it offshore to other countries. Leaders from major...

Serbia moves to defuse protests over Rio Tinto lithium mine

Dec. 08, 2021 13:22 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Trying to defuse large protests by environmentalists, Serbia's populist government decided Wednesday to suspend two key laws that would help mining giant Rio Tinto launch a lithium mine in western Serbia. For two consecutive weekends, thousands of protesters...