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Documents: Mining company writing own environmental report

Dec. 13, 2019 6:40 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Documents show the U.S. Forest Service allowing a Canadian company to write a key environmental report on its proposed open-pit gold mines in central Idaho after the Trump administration became involved. The documents obtained by conservation group Earthworks show British...

EU leaders include nuclear energy in green transition

Dec. 13, 2019 11:00 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed Friday that nuclear energy will be part of the bloc's solution to making its economy carbon neutral by 2050, allowing them to win the support of two coal-dependent countries. EU heads of state and government agreed that nuclear energy will be recognized as a...

Landslide kills 6 Afghans in Taliban-controlled district

Dec. 12, 2019 3:42 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A landslide in a remote, Taliban-controlled district in northeastern Afghanistan killed at least six people, all of them poor villagers mining the hillside for gold, officials said Thursday. The landslide took place on Wednesday in the district of Raghistan in Badakhshan...

Bougainville votes for independence from Papua New Guinea

Dec. 11, 2019 8:23 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The South Pacific region of Bougainville voted overwhelmingly to become the world’s newest nation by gaining independence from Papua New Guinea, results showed Wednesday. Bougainville Referendum Commission Chairman Bertie Ahern was cheered when he announced that more than...

Woman rescued from West Virginia mine enters guilty plea

Dec. 10, 2019 5:29 PM EST

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman who was rescued along with two other people from an inactive coal mine last year has pleaded guilty to destruction of property and conspiracy. Erica Treadway entered the plea deal Monday, news outlets reported. She faces up to eight years in prison at sentencing...

Bloomberg tells UN climate talks: You can count on the US

Dec. 10, 2019 3:19 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — New York billionaire and presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg led a high-powered charge against President Donald Trump's climate policies Tuesday, assuring activists, scientists and politicians from around the world that Americans are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions...

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...

Mexico may accept US steel trade rule, rejects aluminum

Dec. 9, 2019 10:27 AM EST

Mexico may accept U.S. requests for greater regional content on steel, as long as there is a five-year phase-in period. Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said a U.S. request for 70% regional content on steel could be written into an addendum to the U.S.-Mexico Canada free trade agreement. But Ebrard...

EU approves state aid to develop car batteries industry

Dec. 9, 2019 7:57 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has approved 3.2 billion euros ($3.5 billion) in subsidies from seven member countries that want to develop the electric battery industry and challenge China's supremacy. The EU said Monday that the plan subsidized by Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and...

Company lays off miners after hiring them from Blackjewel

Dec. 6, 2019 6:02 PM EST

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — A coal producer that purchased multiple Kentucky mines and hired workers from a now-bankrupt company has laid some of the miners off. State Rep. Angie Hatton said miners told her Friday that Kopper Glo, the company that purchased mines from Blackjewel LLC., has idled its mines until at...