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Court Overturns Conflict Minerals Provision

April 15, 2014 10:15 am | by PETE YOST, Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. appeals court has overturned a disclosure requirement that public companies must post information about their use of minerals from Congo, where militias linked to atrocities have profited from mining minerals used in electronics, jewelry and other goods.

Arizona Cuts Electricity & Natural Gas Taxes For Manufacturers

April 14, 2014 10:20 am | by BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law a bill that...

Glencore Xstrata Sells Peruvian Mine For $5.58B

April 14, 2014 10:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of Chinese state-owned companies is buying a Peruvian copper mine from Glencore Xstrata...

Mining Deaths Up In 2013, Injuries Down

April 11, 2014 10:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal mine safety officials say the number of mining deaths in the nation totaled 42 in 2013,...

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WV Mine Board Approves Proximity Detector Rule

April 10, 2014 11:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A new state mine safety rule will require coal operators to install detection systems that automatically shut down continuous mining machines when people get too close.                           

Judge Gives James River Coal OK To Continue

April 10, 2014 11:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

James River Coal Co. is being allowed to continue its business operations while the company is under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.                                     

PA Coke Plant To Pay $300K Fine

April 9, 2014 11:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Pittsburgh-area coke plant has agreed to upgrade its pollution control equipment and pay a $300,000 fine.                                       


Regulators Side With Duke Energy In Appeal

April 9, 2014 11:11 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina regulators are joining with Duke Energy in appealing a judge's ruling on cleaning up groundwater pollution leeching from the company's coal ash dumps.                          

Rio Tinto Gives Away Pebble Mine Shares

April 8, 2014 11:04 am | by BECKY BOHRER, MARK THIESSEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A major shareholder of a company behind a contentious Alaska mine project announced it was giving its shares away to two Alaska charitable organizations, at least one of which belongs to a larger group that has come out publicly against the project.

Copper Mine Drops Tunnel Plans

April 8, 2014 10:59 am | by MATT VOLZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

A mining company dropped plans to dig a mile-long tunnel for a copper development project near the Smith River after two environmental organizations filed a lawsuit challenging the proposal, state environmental regulators said Monday.                

U.S. Steel Plant Resumes Limited Operations

April 8, 2014 10:56 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | News | Comments

U.S. Steel says its largest mill is on limited production, after a shortage of vital iron ore due to the ice covering Lake Superior had temporarily shut down its furnaces.                                   

James River Coal Files Chapter 11

April 8, 2014 10:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

James River Coal Co. says it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as part of its efforts to turn around its business.                                          


22 Miners Still Trapped

April 8, 2014 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Rescuers struggled Tuesday to pump water from a coal mine in southern China where 22 miners have been trapped for more than a day.                              

Indiana Mill Idled Due To Lack Of Ore

April 7, 2014 10:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Steel has temporarily halted steelmaking at its massive northwestern Indiana mill because the ice-covered Great Lakes have cut off its access to vital iron ore and other raw materials.                        

18 Hurt In Wildcat Mining Clash

April 4, 2014 10:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Doctors in Peru say at least 15 wildcat gold miners and three police officers suffered gunshot wounds when police moved to reopen the highway that connects Brazil with the Pacific coast.                  

Duke Needs Time To Clean Up Coal Ash

April 3, 2014 10:47 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy's chief executive said the company is putting together a detailed plan to clean up nearly three dozen leaky coal ash pits across the state, but that it could take time to complete the task because Duke was taking a "fact-based and disciplined approach" to the problem.

Duke Wants Citizen Groups Kept Out Of Ash Action

April 2, 2014 10:48 am | by MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy is asking a judge to prevent citizens groups from taking part in any enforcement action that would make the company clean up nearly three dozen coal ash pits across North Carolina.                   


Duke Shareholders Call For Ash Spill Probe

March 27, 2014 2:47 pm | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy shareholders are calling on the company's board to launch an independent investigation into issues surrounding a massive coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in toxic sludge.

Kentucky Cuts Mining Inspection Budget

March 27, 2014 10:49 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Coal mines in Kentucky would be subject to fewer state inspections under the Senate's budget proposal — a change that safety advocates say would raise the risk for miners, but one the plan's proponents argue is justified given declining mining operations in the state.

Alaskan Senate Authorizes Mine Financing

March 27, 2014 10:35 am | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Alaska Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed legislation that would allow up to $270 million in financing for two southeast Alaska mine projects.                                   

Coal Operator Sues Head Of The EPA

March 25, 2014 4:39 pm | by PAM RAMSEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Ohio-based coal operator is suing the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, claiming that the agency has failed to comply with the Clean Air Act's requirement to evaluate the potential impact of its regulatory actions on employment.

House Blocks Obama Coal Rule

March 25, 2014 4:27 pm | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The House has approved a bill to prevent the Obama administration from imposing a stream-protection rule for coal mining that government experts say would eliminate thousands of jobs.                    

Duke Emphasizes Difference Between SC And NC Coal Ash Ponds

March 25, 2014 10:50 am | by JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy officials assured South Carolina regulators that the utility's two coal ash ponds in the state are safe, in part because they are designed differently from a pond in North Carolina that dumped millions of gallons of contaminated water into a river.

Supreme Court Rejects WV Strip Mine Appeal

March 24, 2014 11:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a coal company fighting to reinstate a water pollution permit for a massive West Virginia strip mine.                                             

Duke Accused Of Intentionally Polluting Cape Fear River

March 21, 2014 10:29 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina regulators say Duke Energy illegally pumped 61 million gallons of contaminated water from a coal ash pit into the Cape Fear River, marking the eighth time in less than a month the nation's largest electricity company has been cited for environmental violations.

Company Cited For Coal Slurry Death

March 21, 2014 10:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A coal company has been cited by federal mining regulators for the November 2012 collapse of a Harrison County coal slurry impoundment that left a miner dead.

Judge Overturns Mining Restrictions

March 21, 2014 10:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A state judge this week overturned a 2011 Bristol Bay community initiative to restrict large-scale mining, a victory for backers of the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska.                          

Federal Grand Jury Investigates Duke Energy Spill

March 18, 2014 10:58 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, MITCH WEISS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal grand jury planned to convene Tuesday as part of a widening criminal investigation triggered by the massive Duke Energy coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge.                           

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.

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