Latest Base metals industry News

Mayor: Superior can't reach full potential without mine

Apr. 13, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

The mayor of a small community in Arizona's copper corridor likes to think of Superior as a town with a mine, not a mining town. Neither can be a reality if Congress passes a bill to rescind a land exchange for what would be one of the largest copper mining operations in...

Duluth mayor presses Army corps on beach erosion

Apr. 04, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Duluth’s mayor is pressing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to investigate whether the agency is responsible for erosion along a six-mile stretch of Lake Superior beach. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Mayor...

Mining company makes copper discovery south of Tucson

Apr. 01, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Canadian-based mining company said it has found significant copper deposits on the western part of the Santa Rita Mountains, potentially warranting open pit mining near residents south of Tucson. Hudbay Minerals Inc. said Wednesday that drilling...

Strike set for Alabama coal mines barring late agreement

Mar. 31, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

BROOKWOOD, Ala. (AP) — More than 1,100 workers at two Alabama coal mines and related facilities owned by Warrior Met Coal Inc. will go on strike barring a last-minute labor agreement, the United Mine Workers of America said Wednesday. Negotiators have not been able to...

Utah tellurium mine creates new US supply of key mineral

Mar. 27, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) — It is eight times rarer than gold, in high demand for its use in photovoltaic solar cells and will soon be recovered in Utah at Rio Tinto’s Kennecott mine as a byproduct of copper smelting. Tellurium is one of the least common elements on...

Steel company to add tube mill in Gallatin, create 72 jobs

Mar. 26, 2021 04:30 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A steel manufacturer plans to build a tube mill in Gallatin County, creating 72 new jobs, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said. Nucor Tubular Products, a division of steel products manufacturer Nucor Corp., will produce steel tubing for construction,...

Aluminum producer setting up facility in Kentucky

Mar. 22, 2021 05:00 AM EDT

FRANKLIN, Ky. (AP) — An aluminum manufacturer is spending $53 million to set up a plant in a vacant facility in south central Kentucky. Matalco said the plant will create 60 full-time jobs in the coming years, according to a news release from Gov. Andy Beshear. ...

Regulators suspend PolyMet's wetlands permit for mine

Mar. 20, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal regulator has suspended the PolyMet Mining Corp.'s permit to dredge more than 900 acres of wetland for Minnesota's first copper mine. The ruling is a victory for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa which attempted to protect...

Grijalva announces bill to reverse land swap for copper mine

Mar. 18, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

SUPERIOR, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva has introduced a bill to keep the U.S. Forest Service from turning over land in Arizona for a massive copper mine. The parcel of land in the Tonto National Forest east of Phoenix was set to be transferred to Resolution...

Nevada Lawsuit cites EPA, state concerns about lithium mine

Mar. 05, 2021 14:31 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Another federal lawsuit challenging the construction of a huge Nevada lithium mine approved in the final days of the Trump administration says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state wildlife officials repeatedly warned the plans don’t comply with laws...