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Cleanup of abandoned mines could get boost, relieving rivers

Sep. 20, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Thousands of abandoned coal mines in the U.S. have been polluting rivers and streams for decades, in some cases harming fish and contaminating drinking water. Now efforts to finally clean up the sites could soon get a big boost. Tucked into the...

Serbs protest against lithium mining, other eco problems

Sep. 11, 2021 11:17 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Several thousand people protested in Serbia on Saturday demanding a ban on planned lithium mining in the Balkan country as well as a resolution to scores of other environmental issues that made the region one of the most polluted in Europe. The...

EPA seeks to restart process that could restrict Alaska mine

Sep. 09, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday it would seek to restart a process that could restrict mining in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region, which is renowned for its salmon runs. The announcement is the latest in a long-running...

West Virginia to propose change in mine cleanup program

Sep. 02, 2021 11:33 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal mine officials have instructed West Virginia environmental regulators to propose a change to its mine cleanup program. The federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement is giving the West Virginia Department of...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Aug. 25, 2021 07:19 AM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. August 21, 2021. Editorial: Protect the BWCA and complete study Public deserves to know when halted analysis of copper mining’s risks to wilderness will be completed. Raging wildfires and a deepening...

Former Kentucky lawmaker dies after battling COVID infection

Aug. 20, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

Former Kentucky lawmaker Brent Yonts, who sponsored mine-safety legislation and led a key House panel during his long legislative career, died Friday after battling a COVID-19 infection. He was 72. Yonts, a Democrat from Muhlenberg County, was first elected to the...

Gassy coal mines as environmental commodities? CNX shows how

Aug. 14, 2021 09:26 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — There is so much unwanted gas coming out of American coal mines — those that still produce coal and even those that have long quit — that federal data suggests it outpaces the carbon emissions footprint of the entire U.S. petrochemical industry. ...

Twin Metals plans electric vehicle fleet for mine near Ely

Aug. 12, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Twin Metals Minnesota said Thursday that it plans to rely almost exclusively on electric vehicles for its proposed underground copper-nickel mine near Ely. Using electric mining and support vehicles instead of diesel vehicles will reduce greenhouse...

Tribes seek order banning digging at Nevada lithium mine

Jul. 29, 2021 20:54 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Two tribes that joined a legal battle over plans to build a mine at the largest known U.S. deposit of lithium urged a judge Thursday to temporarily ban digging for an archaeological survey that they say would desecrate sacred tribal lands in Nevada near the Oregon line. ...

Western Democrats to push US mining industry changes

Jul. 26, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — House Democrats from some Western states are preparing to push for changes to a longstanding law that governs mining for copper, gold and other hardrock minerals on U.S.-owned lands, including making companies pay royalties on what they extract. A...