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EPA extends comment period on proposed mine restrictions

Jul. 01, 2022 13:37 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is extending by two months the public comment period on its proposed restrictions that would block plans for a copper and gold mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region. The agency in a statement said its regional office...

Feds issue draft assessment that could doom Minnesota mine

Jun. 23, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service issued a draft environmental assessment Thursday to lay the foundation for a proposed 20-year moratorium on copper-nickel mining upstream from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Formally, the proposal would “withdraw” from...

Groups file new lawsuit to stop Idaho gold mine drilling

Jun. 03, 2022 17:11 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service violated environmental laws in approving exploratory drilling by a Canadian company hoping to build a gold mine in Idaho west of Yellowstone National Park, two environmental groups said. The Idaho Conservation League and Greater...

Landmark bill to limit cryptomining passes NY Legislature

Jun. 03, 2022 16:14 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers have passed a milestone environmental measure designed to tap the brakes on the spread of cryptocurrency mining operations that burn fossil fuels. Both supporters and opponents say that the closely watched bill, approved early Friday by the...

EPA proposes restrictions in fight over Alaska mine

May. 25, 2022 20:48 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday proposed restrictions that would block plans for a copper and gold mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay region, the latest in a long-running dispute over efforts by developers to advance the mine in a region known for its salmon...

WVa mine where worker died did not follow safety procedures

May. 24, 2022 16:53 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia underground mine operator did not follow proper safety procedures prior to the death of a maintenance worker whose brakes failed on his electric utility vehicle and it lost control and crashed, according to a federal regulator. The U.S. Mine...

Mining companies back away from Brazil's Indigenous areas

May. 20, 2022 15:56 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Some of the world’s biggest mining companies have withdrawn requests to research and extract minerals on Indigenous land in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, and have repudiated Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s efforts to legalize mining activity in the areas. ...

A new Oregon mining boom could be a bust for sage grouse

May. 14, 2022 09:15 AM EDT

McDermitt, Ore. (AP) — Katie Fite crouched behind some waist-high sagebrush, and her dog Bell nestled in the plant’s cozy cavity to shield from howling winds. It was the first Saturday in April, peak mating season for sage grouse on a remote stretch of the Oregon-Nevada border....

Company: Arizona mine project remains underway after ruling

May. 13, 2022 14:39 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Hudbay Minerals Inc. says it may appeal a court ruling against its planned use of forest land to store waste rock from a proposed new copper mine but that it also will continue planning for a nearby related project that would include using private land. The 9th...

Appellate court rules against mine company's Arizona project

May. 12, 2022 20:00 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a judge's ruling overturning a federal agency's approval of Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals Inc.'s plan for a new open-pit copper mine in southeastern Arizona. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that the U.S....