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Feds Target Toxic Chemical Emissions From Mine Blasts

December 16, 2014 9:56 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal agency in charge of environmental protection at surface mines including Wyoming's huge open-pit coal mines has agreed to work toward regulating the toxic chemicals that sometimes get ejected into the air during blasting.
Some who live near the big coal mines say they've suffered from headaches and respiratory irritation when such clouds waft over their neighborhoods.

Congress Clears Way For Copper Mine in Arizona

December 15, 2014 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A trade of public and private lands needed to allow the development of a massive copper mine 70...

Bodies of Missing Turkish Miners Retrieved

December 4, 2014 10:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency says search teams have recovered the bodies of the last five...

Mine Dust Continues To Worry Residents

December 1, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

A gap in Indiana regulations says that state officials must personally see dust to take action...

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U.S. Steel To Build New HQ In Pittsburgh

November 25, 2014 11:46 am | by Joe Mandak, AP | News | Comments

The new five-story building will house U.S. Steel's 800 headquarters employees for at least 18 years, with an option to extend the lease beyond that. The plan solves several interlocking problems for U.S. Steel, the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins and the city.

Coal Residue Vaults Found In Upper Peninsula

November 18, 2014 11:11 am | by Ryan Jarvi, The Mining Journal (Marquette) | News | Comments

Two concrete vaults used to store tar residue and other impurities from a manufactured gas plant more than 100 years ago were recently found buried underground just north of the Shiras Steam Plant in south Marquette.      

Miss. Could Be Site For $1.2B Aluminum Mill

November 17, 2014 10:05 pm | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mississippi appears to be the favored location for a proposed $1.2 billion aluminum mill that would hire 650 or more workers to supply aluminum for auto bodies. American Specialty Alloys announced plans to build the plant Monday.    

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29 Deaths Lead To Indictment Of "The Dark Lord Of Coal Country"

November 14, 2014 10:37 am | by John Raby and Allen G. Breed, AP | News | Comments

Don Blankenship has become the highest-ranking coal official to face federal charges in the nation's deadliest mine disaster in 40 years. A federal grand jury indicted the former Massey Energy CEO on numerous counts of conspiracy stemming from the April 2010 explosion that killed 29 men at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia.

21 Confirmed Dead In Collapsed Mine

November 12, 2014 11:18 am | News | Comments

An explosion ripped through the Dongfang coal mine in the city of Huainan. The search for the missing miners was hampered by collapsed shafts and gas pockets, but ended with the confirmation of the 21 deaths. Authorities determined that the mine was operating illegally.

Owner Won't Retrieve 29 Killed In Mine Explosion

November 6, 2014 11:32 am | by Nick Perry, AP | News | Comments

Solid Energy issued a statement saying the company was unable to come up with a safe re-entry plan. A government investigation found Pike River Coal ignored 21 warnings that methane gas had accumulated to explosive levels in the mine.     

Judge Tosses Mining Company Violation Notice

November 4, 2014 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge dismissed a notice from the U.S. Secretary of Labor finding that a Patriot Coal subsidiary displayed a "pattern of violations" in its operations.               

Mine Project Splits Alaskan Industries

November 2, 2014 8:09 pm | by Nicholas Riccardi, AP | News | Comments

The Pebble Mine project that is on Tuesday's ballot embodies the paradoxes of Alaska politics, starting with the unlikely trio of conservatives who put the issue on the map about seven years ago.                                           

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Columbia Coal Mine Collapses - Trapping Miners

October 31, 2014 12:55 pm | News | Comments

A specialized mine rescue team, as well as other searchers, are working at the scene. Antioquia Gov. Sergio Fajardo says it is likely to take three days to reach the men in a "very complicated" rescue operation.             

18 Miners Trapped As Coal Mine Collapses

October 28, 2014 11:08 am | by Suzan Fraser, Associated Press | News | Comments

A coal mine in southern Turkey collapsed Tuesday, trapping 18 workers underground as water surged near them, officials said — an event likely to raise even more concerns about the nation's poor workplace safety standards.     

Mining Company Eyes Up Ski Area

October 24, 2014 10:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority will consider a proposal from a Vancouver mining company to turn the oldest downhill ski area near Fairbanks into a gold mine.                                               

Feds Approve Coal Extraction At Tennessee Site

October 23, 2014 11:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A new deep mine operation has been approved by Tennessee and federal officials to allow coal extraction from Dayton Mountain.                                       

Coal-Rich Poland Ready To Block EU Climate Deal

October 23, 2014 10:30 am | by MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

European Union leaders meeting in Brussels to stamp their new, ambitious greenhouse gas emissions plan should prepare for unyielding opposition from coal-reliant Poland and other East European countries who say their developing economies and electricity bills would suffer too much from the new target.

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Mine Operators Were Warned Before Accident

October 22, 2014 10:06 am | by STEVEN K. PAULSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal mine inspectors say operators were warned numerous times of potential danger at the Revenue-Virginius Mine days before two men died of carbon-monoxide poisoning in 2013.                                                     

The Challenge Of Transporting Coal Combustion Residues

October 20, 2014 1:00 am | by R. Munson, BEUMER Kansas City LLC | Articles | Comments

Many projects are contemplating the design of coal combustion residues handling systems to comply with EPA regulations and to relieve pressure on existing ash ponds. For each of these projects, one critical aspect of their feasibility is to determine how to store the CCR at the point of production and how to transport it to the new landfill.

Senate Task Force To Aid WV Coalfields

October 16, 2014 3:14 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Senate President Jeff Kessler is setting up a task force as part of a push to help West Virginia's struggling southern coalfields.                                       

Abandoned Mines Spill Sludge

October 16, 2014 10:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A popular tourist attraction in southern Arizona is at risk of being contaminated with orange and brown sludge that spilled from two abandoned mines near Patagonia.                                        

Regulators Cite Wrong Mining Company

October 15, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Regulators in western Wisconsin say they took action against the wrong company after discovering permit violations at a frack sand mine.                                            

Disgruntled Employee Hijacks Coal Train

October 13, 2014 11:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say a disgruntled employee commandeered a locomotive from a northeast Wyoming coal mine and later plowed it into another train before he was apprehended.                                                  

Freeport-McMoRan Sells 80% Stake In Mine

October 7, 2014 10:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Freeport-McMoRan Inc. is selling 80 percent of its stake in a copper and gold mine in Chile for at least $1.8 billion.                                          

Miner Missing After Methane Explosion

October 7, 2014 10:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Polish officials are searching for a miner who has been missing underground following a methane explosion.                                             

Coal Union To Rally Outside EPA Headquarters

October 7, 2014 10:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Mine Workers of America is organizing a rally against proposed stricter federal pollution regulations for coal-burning power plants.                                                   

Mine Safety Violations Down

October 2, 2014 10:52 am | by FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of chronic safety violators among mine operators has fallen sharply in recent years, according to government figures being released Thursday.                             

Zoning Challenges Plague Illinois Coal Mine

October 2, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Owners of a central Illinois coal mine are seeking a zoning change to allow the expansion of a coal-waste storage facility.                                   

Company Proposes Rare Earths Mine In WY

September 29, 2014 11:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Canadian company has proposed a rare earths mineral mine in northeastern Wyoming.                            

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