Emergency workers in South Africa cleared a mine shaft entrance of debris on Sunday, allowing miners who had been trapped below the chance to escape. The only problem was that the miners were working illegally at the abandoned mine, and some stayed underground because they feared arrest if they came out, according to officials.
A group of residents is suing Lyon County commissioners and a mining company over a decision that it fears could pave the way for mining expansion close to Silver City, about 30 miles southeast of Reno.
Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into a massive coal ash spill into a North Carolina river, demanding that Duke Energy and state regulators hand over reams of documents related to the accident that left a waterway polluted with tons of toxic sludge.
A West Virginia creek turned black with 108,000 gallons of coal slurry because of ice buildup on a pipeline, environmental officials said Wednesday.
Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into North Carolina's environmental agency following a massive coal ash spill on the Dan River.
Two North Carolina lawmakers say last week's massive coal ash spill on the Dan River was a "wake up call" that Duke Energy should be forced to clean out leaky waste dumps at its power plants.
State environmental officials are reviewing the dozen coal ash ponds in Virginia following a massive spill along the Dan River in North Carolina as water quality tests concluded that treatment plants are effectively removing toxins from public water supplies in Danville and South Boston.
State mining regulators assured legislators on Tuesday that Minnesota laws were strong enough to protect future generations from bankruptcies and cleanup costs from copper mines proposed in northeastern Minnesota's Iron Range.
Duke Energy said Tuesday it plans to begin dredging coal ash out of a North Carolina river as the state's environmental agency moved to scuttle a previously proposed settlement with the company over pollution from waste dumps at its power plants.
A pipeline ruptured at a coal-processing plant Tuesday, sending 108,000 gallons of coal slurry into a Kanawha River tributary, about 18 miles upstream from where a large chemical spill at a different plant tainted drinking water for 300,000 people a month ago.
North Carolina's environmental agency sought late Monday to delay its own settlement with Duke Energy a week after a busted pipe at one of the company's coal ash dumps spewed enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to fill 73 Olympic-sized pools.
One of the most contentious issues in the debate over whether Minnesota should allow PolyMet Mining Corp. to build the state's first copper-nickel mine is whether the company can cover cleanup costs after it closes.
A top executive at Duke Energy has apologized for the company's massive coal ash spill in North Carolina and pledged to clean up its toxic waste from the Dan River.
The nation's largest electricity provider, state regulators and an environmental group issued differing data Thursday about the levels of toxins detected in a North Carolina river following a massive spill of coal ash.
A South African gold-mining company says two employees have died in separate accidents since an earthquake triggered an underground fire in a mine shaft earlier this week, killing eight miners.
Canoe guide Brian Williams dipped his paddle downstream from where thousands of tons of coal ash has been spewing for days into the Dan River, turning the wooden blade flat to bring up a lump of gray sludge.
Eight gold miners in South Africa died after a magnitude-2.4 earthquake triggered an underground fire, and rescue teams operating deep below the surface were searching for a ninth missing miner, a mining company said Thursday.
State and federal environmental officials on Tuesday continued their investigations of a Duke Energy Corp. spill of coal ash into the Dan River in North Carolina's Rockingham County.
A gold-mining company in South Africa says nine employees are missing after an underground fire broke out at a mine west of Johannesburg.
U.S. Sen. Mark Udall is asking the U.S. Department of Commerce to help coal miners displaced by the idling of Elk Creek Mine, which was shut down Dec. 2 after a mine fire.
The Minnesota Environmental Quality Board has delayed for at least a month its consideration of model standards for regulating the silica sand mining industry.
A pipe under a coal ash pond broke in northern North Carolina, releasing an unknown amount of coal ash into the Dan River, Duke Energy Corp. said Monday.
An assistant U.S. secretary of labor has criticized a Nevada gold mine for failing to protect its workers after federal inspectors issued more than 60 citations and orders involving health and safety violations subject to more than $200,000 in potential penalties.
A proposed uranium mine in southwestern South Dakota cleared a key regulatory hurdle Thursday when a federal agency issued a favorable environmental assessment of the project.