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Coal, balancing environmental and financial impacts

Jan. 18, 2020 3:06 AM EST

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — Len Lichvar doesn’t like to see the Stonycreek River running red. That’s an indicator that iron, or another metal, is leaching into the waterway. He has been working and volunteering to clean area rivers and streams for about three decades with the state Fish & Boat...

Mine waste, air pollution on Idaho agency's expense concerns

Jan. 17, 2020 3:36 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The director of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality said Friday that the agency needs money to clean up or contain past mining waste. John Tippets told the Legislature's powerful budget-setting committee that among the problems is another collapse at the abandoned Triumph Mine...

In this Aug. 29, 2018, file photo, Don Blankenship listens to arguments in the West Virginia Supreme Court n Charleston, W.Va. On Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, a federal judge in West Virginia refused to toss the misdemeanor conviction of former coal CEO Don Blankenship for conspiring to violate mine safety laws. (Chris Dorst/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP, File)

Judge refuses to toss ex-coal CEO Blankenship's conviction

Jan. 15, 2020 6:38 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge in West Virginia on Wednesday refused to toss the misdemeanor conviction of former coal CEO Don Blankenship for conspiring to violate mine safety laws. U.S. District Judge Irene Berger in Beckley rejected a recommendation from a federal magistrate judge. Berger...

McCollum proposes permanent mining ban near Boundary Waters

Jan. 15, 2020 6:17 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Copper-nickel mining would be permanently banned upstream from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota under a bill U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum introduced on Wednesday. The Minnesota Democrat said at a news conference in Washington that the bill would protect...

US Senate bill would ban mining claims around Grand Canyon

Dec. 20, 2019 12:44 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona has introduced a bill that would ban new mining claims around the Grand Canyon. The Obama administration put about 1,562 square miles (4,045 square kilometers) outside the boundaries of Grand Canyon National Park off-limits to new hard...

Ruling puts hold on gold exploration plans in eastern Idaho

Dec. 19, 2019 4:51 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service violated environmental laws by failing to adequately consider potential harm to Yellowstone cutthroat trout in a Canadian mining company's plans to expand its search for gold in eastern Idaho, a judge has ruled. U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill on...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2011, file photo, a core sample drilled from underground rock near Ely, Minn., shows a band of shiny minerals containing copper, nickel and precious metals, center, that Twin Metals Minnesota LLC, hopes to mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota. Twin Metals Minnesota has formally submitted a plan to regulators for the underground copper-nickel mine. The filing launches what's expected to be a lengthy environmental review and permitting process for what would be Minnesota's second copper-nickel mine. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski, File)

Twin Metals Minnesota files formal mine plan with regulators

Dec. 18, 2019 5:51 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Twin Metals Minnesota formally submitted a plan to regulators Wednesday for an underground copper-nickel mine near Ely in northeastern Minnesota, a project that has drawn fierce opposition because it would sit just upstream from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Company...

The U.S. Capitol in Washington is shrouded in mist, Friday night, Dec. 13, 2019.  This coming week’s virtually certain House impeachment of President Donald Trump will underscore how Democrats and Republicans have morphed into fiercely divided camps since lawmakers impeached President Bill Clinton.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House passes $1.4T government spending bill amid impeachment

Dec. 17, 2019 8:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House voted Tuesday to pass a $1.4 trillion government spending package, handing President Donald Trump a victory on his U.S.-Mexico border fence while giving Democrats spending increases across a swath of domestic programs. The hard-fought legislation also funds...

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2014 file photo, the Minntac taconite mine plant in Mountain Iron, Minn. is pictured. The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 reversed a decision by state regulators to renew a wastewater permit for U.S. Steel's Minntac iron mine in northeastern Minnesota. The court sent the dispute back to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for further proceedings. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, File)

Court rejects Minnesota's renewal of US Steel mine permit

Dec. 9, 2019 5:06 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday reversed a decision by state regulators to renew a wastewater discharge permit for U.S. Steel's giant Minntac iron ore mine in the northeast of the state. The court sent the dispute back to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for further...

University of Alaska regents reject consolidation plan

Dec. 5, 2019 3:20 PM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Board of Regents has rejected a proposal to consolidate the state's three separately accredited universities into one. State lawmakers last session included language in the operating budget asking regents to consider a plan for a single accredited...