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NC Laws Protected Coal Ash Pits

March 17, 2014 5:05 pm | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Although the regulatory reform bill never once mentions coal ash, it allowed Duke Energy to avoid any costly cleanup of contaminated groundwater leaching from its unlined dumps toward rivers, lakes and the drinking wells of nearby homeowners.

OH Groups Seek Federal Coal Review

March 17, 2014 4:58 pm | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent | News | Comments

Two Ohio environmental groups will ask federal regulators to investigate circumstances surrounding expired pollution-discharge permits at an agency where allegations of coal-industry influence arose during a personnel flap last year.                   

Mexican Drug Cartels Deal In Iron Ore

March 17, 2014 4:18 pm | by E. EDUARDO CASTILLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Forget crystal meth. The pseudo-religious Knights Templar drug cartel in western Mexico has diversified to the point that drug trafficking doesn't even rank among its top sources of income.                 

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Gold Mine Delays Could Derail MT Project

March 17, 2014 11:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Delays in getting a proposed underground gold mine approved in western Montana could cause the company to abandon the project, a mining official said.                                

KY Coal Firm Slapped With Illegal Dumping Fine

March 13, 2014 10:52 am | by DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Kentucky coal company will pay $660,000 in fines for illegally dumping mining debris into Appalachian streams under a proposed order in federal court.                           

NC Utilities Chairman Testifies In Coal Ash Investigation

March 13, 2014 10:01 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina's top utilities regulator has been subpoenaed as part of the broadening criminal investigation triggered by last month's massive coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge.           

NM Coal Mine Expansion Approved

March 13, 2014 9:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Bureau of Land Management has issued a lease allowing for more than 9 million tons of coal to be mined in western New Mexico.                               

Ohio Governor Linked To 18 Lapsed Pollution Permits

March 12, 2014 12:37 pm | by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent | News | Comments

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency records show 13 of the 18 have expired since Republican Gov. John Kasich took office in 2011, or about a quarter of the 49 issued to coal facilities.                 

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VA Plans Long-Term Review Of Coal Ash Spill

March 11, 2014 10:12 am | by STEVE SZKOTAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Virginia is examining any potential long-term environmental damage from a North Carolina coal ash spill on the Dan River and will hold Duke Energy "fully accountable" if any is found, the director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality said Monday.

Duke CEO: Customers Will Pay For Coal Ash Cleanup

March 10, 2014 11:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy's CEO says while the company and its shareholders will pay to clean up a coal ash spill in the Dan River, its customers will shoulder the costs of closing the rest of the utility's coal ash ponds across North Carolina.

Judge Rules On Ash Dump Cleanup

March 7, 2014 10:59 am | by MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy must take immediate action to eliminate sources of groundwater contamination at its coal ash dumps, a judge said Thursday.                                    

House Blocks Obama's Carbon Curbs

March 7, 2014 10:27 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Aiming at the heart of President Barack Obama's strategy for fighting climate change, the Republican-controlled House voted to block the administration's plan to limit carbon pollution from new power plants.

Record Fines Imposed For Coal Mining Operations

March 6, 2014 11:13 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alpha Natural Resources Inc., the nation's third-largest coal supplier, will pay a $27.5 million fine and spend $200 million to reduce illegal toxic discharges from 79 mines and 25 coal processing facilities in West Virginia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Kentucky.    

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Alaska Pushes Back Against EPA

March 6, 2014 10:54 am | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty is pushing back against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after it took a step that could ultimately lead it to prohibit or restrict development of a massive gold-and-copper prospect in the Bristol Bay region.

Violence At Mexican Mine

March 6, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Canadian mining company said Wednesday that an illegal miner was killed in a clash with guards at the firm's silver mine in central Mexico.                                

House Fights Obama's Carbon Limits

March 6, 2014 10:34 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bill targeting the power plant rule is slated for a vote on the House floor Thursday as GOP lawmakers fight back against what they call the Obama administration's "war on coal."                          

NC Officials Call For Duke Pipe Probe

March 6, 2014 7:15 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina regulators are pressing Duke Energy to send robot cameras up drainage pipes at all of its coal ash dumps in the state following a big spill last month that left 70 miles of the Dan River coated in toxic sludge.                        

Ameren Sued Over Coal Plants

March 6, 2014 7:15 am | by ALAN SCHER ZAGIER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A national environmental group has made good on its promise to sue a St. Louis-based utility over what it calls thousands of violations of federal clean air laws.                              

Layoffs At CA Gold Mine

March 5, 2014 10:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An attempt to unearth new riches from some of the Gold Rush era's most productive mines has stalled, with the owners announcing Tuesday that they must spend more than $1 million before work can resume.                 

5 More Duke Energy Plants Cited

March 4, 2014 10:37 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina regulators have cited five more Duke Energy power plants for lacking required storm water permits after a massive spill at one of the company's coal ash dumps coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic sludge.

Australians Flee Burning Mine

February 28, 2014 10:58 am | by ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The elderly, young children and pregnant women were advised to evacuate an Australian town that has been shrouded by smoke and ash from a burning coal mine for almost three weeks.                   

States Rush To Recycle Their Coal Ash

February 28, 2014 10:53 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the wake of recent spills, coal ash dumped decades ago across the country is being dug up and recycled to make concrete, asphalt and other building products.                            

WI Eases Up On Sand Mine Regulations

February 27, 2014 11:16 am | by TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Republican state senator has stepped back from his plans to curtail local sand mine regulations, introducing a bill Wednesday that would shield existing mines from new restrictions but allow municipalities to impose regulations on new operations.

Coal Export Value On The Rise

February 27, 2014 10:46 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

Although coal trade only accounts for about 5% of trade flows in energy fuels, the volume of U.S. coal exports has steadily increased, from 50 million short tons (MMst) in 2005 to a record 126 MMst in 2012.               

Duke Energy Forced To Move Away From River

February 26, 2014 10:36 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina regulators say they may force Duke Energy to move a pair of leaky coal ash dumps, more than three weeks after a massive spill coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic gray sludge.

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