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Montana Tech will study ground at collapsed mine

Apr. 12, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

BLACK HAWK, S.D. (AP) — Experts from Montana Technological University will soon begin to analyze the what lies underground in Black Hawk neighborhood where homes have been evacuated because ground over an abandoned mine collapsed. A law firm representing some of the...

Biden plan would spend $16B to clean up old mines, oil wells

Apr. 01, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's $2.3 trillion plan to transform America’s infrastructure includes $16 billion to plug old oil and gas wells and clean up abandoned mines, a longtime priority for Western and rural lawmakers from both parties. Hundreds of...

Wyoming lawmakers move ahead with proposed coal lawsuit fund

Mar. 30, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers advanced a proposal Tuesday to set up a fund to sue states that move away from using coal to generate electricity. A bill to establish a $1.2 million legal fund in the top coal-mining state advanced without objection to a final...

Proposed Arizona mine passes federal regulatory hurdle

Mar. 26, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The proposed Rosemont Mine in Arizona has passed one federal regulatory hurdle after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decided that the project no longer needs a Clean Water Act permit. The federal agency said Wednesday that the mine is not covered...

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...

Alaska court finds for Native corporation in land dispute

Mar. 19, 2021 14:10 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled that permits from an Alaska Native corporation are required for members of the public to do anything but drive the Klutina Lake Road that provides access to fishing and hunting areas near Copper Center. The...

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...

Minnesota Supreme Court hands victory to PolyMet copper mine

Feb. 24, 2021 14:16 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed an appeals court's rejection of a critical air emissions permit for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine and sent the case back for further proceedings. The Supreme Court ruled that the Minnesota...

Residents protest short comment period for Alaska mine

Feb. 22, 2021 14:07 PM EST

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Some Alaska residents in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have raised concerns that 15 days is not enough time to submit public comment on a dozen water right permits granted to an open pit mine, especially with limited internet access in rural areas and travel restrictions...

Montana high court upholds permit for proposed silver mine

Feb. 18, 2021 10:33 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials conducted an appropriate review before granting a water permit for a proposed silver and copper mine that would run beneath a wilderness area near the Idaho border, the Montana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The 5-2 ruling...