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At sites across the country, coal ash dumped decades ago is dug up and recycled to make concrete, asphalt and other building products. In Wisconsin, for example, the utility We Energies is recycling ash for use in an interstate construction project.

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.               

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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.

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.

A team of academic researchers equipped with a drone estimates that up to 35 million gallons of coal ash and contaminated wastewater spilled into the Dan River earlier this month.

Researchers Conclude Coal Ash Spill Totaled 35M Gallons

February 26, 2014 10:32 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A team of academic researchers equipped with a drone estimates that up to 35 million gallons of coal ash and contaminated wastewater spilled into the Dan River earlier this month.

Miners Sue For Health Care After Mine Closure

February 25, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of former workers at a now-closed central Illinois coal mine allege in a federal lawsuit they're owed a year of health insurance under a collective-bargaining deal.                      

Contentious Mining Regulations Hit Maine Statehouse

February 25, 2014 10:03 am | by ALANNA DURKIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposed overhaul of Maine's mining regulations made its way to state lawmakers on Monday as supporters and critics remain deeply divided over whether expanded metallic mining is the answer to Maine's economic problems or will result in the demise of the natural resources that make the state special.

Federal prosecutors widened their investigation triggered by a massive coal ash spill in North Carolina, demanding reams of documents and ordering nearly 20 state environmental agency employees to testify before a grand jury.

Investigation Into Coal Ash Spill Widens

February 20, 2014 10:49 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors widened their investigation triggered by a massive coal ash spill in North Carolina, demanding reams of documents and ordering nearly 20 state environmental agency employees to testify before a grand jury.

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Prosecutors File New Subpoenas Over NC Coal Ash

February 19, 2014 11:15 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors have served North Carolina's environmental agency with more subpoenas seeking documents and commanding more than a dozen state employees to testify before a grand jury, all part of a broadening criminal investigation launched in the wake of a massive coal ash spill.

North Carolina officials said Tuesday that groundwater containing unsafe levels of arsenic apparently leaching from a Duke Energy coal ash dump is still pouring into the Dan River, which is already contaminated from a massive Feb. 2 spill.

Arsenic Still Leaking From 2nd NC Pipe

February 19, 2014 10:15 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina officials said Tuesday that groundwater containing unsafe levels of arsenic apparently leaching from a Duke Energy coal ash dump is still pouring into the Dan River, which is already contaminated from a massive Feb. 2 spill.

North Carolina's top environmental official said Monday that he briefed Gov. Pat McCrory before intervening in lawsuits against Duke Energy, resulting in a negotiated settlement that fined the $50 billion corporation $99,111 to resolve violations over gro

NC Governor Briefed On Coal Ash Settlement

February 18, 2014 10:28 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina's top environmental official said Monday that he briefed Gov. Pat McCrory before intervening in lawsuits against Duke Energy, resulting in a negotiated settlement that fined the $50 billion corporation $99,111 to resolve violations over groundwater contamination leaching from two huge coal ash dumps.

Steel Coke Plant Recognized For Outstanding Safety

February 17, 2014 1:00 am | by AK Steel | News | Comments

AK Steel announces that the company's Middletown (OH) Works coke plant has received the Max Eward Safety Award from the American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute (ACCCI), a leading industry trade organization. The award recognizes the company for operating one of the safest cokemaking facilities in America during 2013. 

Trapped Miners Refuse Rescue

February 16, 2014 11:06 pm | by CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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Residents Sue Comstock Mining Inc.

February 16, 2014 11:03 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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 t

Coal Ash Spill Investigation Turns Criminal

February 14, 2014 10:50 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Ice Buildup Caused Slurry Spill In WV

February 13, 2014 11:51 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Feds Investigate NC Environmental Agency

February 13, 2014 11:48 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into North Carolina's environmental agency following a massive coal ash spill on the Dan River.                              

NC Pushes For New Coal Ash Cleanup Law

February 12, 2014 11:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.                      

VA Coal Ash Water Deemed 'Acceptable'

February 12, 2014 11:01 am | by STEVE SZKOTAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

DNR: MN Mining Laws Will Protect Public

February 12, 2014 10:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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 says it plans to begin dredging coal ash out of a North Carolina river on Tuesday as the state's environmental agency moved to scuttle a previously proposed settlement with the company over pollution leaking from waste dumps at its power plant

With Deal Dumped, Duke Starts Dredging

February 11, 2014 4:17 pm | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

WV Coal Plant Spills Slurry Into Creek

February 11, 2014 4:13 pm | by SARAH PLUMMER, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

NC Dumps Deal With Duke Energy

February 11, 2014 10:40 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

PolyMet Scrutiny Turns To Cleanup

February 10, 2014 11:33 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.                      

Duke Energy says it plans to begin dredging coal ash out of a North Carolina river on Tuesday as the state's environmental agency moved to scuttle a previously proposed settlement with the company over pollution leaking from waste dumps at its power plant

Duke Energy Apologizes For Coal Ash Spill

February 10, 2014 11:27 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.                  

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