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  • States seek delay in protecting long-eared bat 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 7:04 pm
  • TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan - A federal plan to protect one of the bat species that are dying by the millions from a fast-moving disease could also create casualties in the forest products industry, say officials in four Midwestern states that are seeking a delay.

  • Lawsuit filed to stop Idaho gold-mine exploration 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 7:01 pm
  • BOISE, Idaho - A conservation group and the Nez Perce Tribe have filed a lawsuit against three federal agencies seeking to stop a central Idaho gold-mine exploration project by a Canadian company.

  • Major oil and gas firm to list fracking chemicals 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 6:59 pm
  • PITTSBURGH - A major supplier to the oil and gas industry says it will begin disclosing 100 percent of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid, with no exemptions for trade secrets. The move by Baker Hughes of Houston is a shift for a major firm; it's unclear if others will follow suit.

  • Uranium mine north of Grand Canyon to stay open 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 6:20 pm
  • FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - A mining company's plan to stockpile uranium ore at a mine north of the Grand Canyon has raised concern among environmentalists over radioactive dust being swept across the landscape.

  • Gas supplies interrupted by Wyoming plant blast 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 5:53 pm
  • CHEYENNE, Wyoming - It remains to be seen just how much of a lasting natural gas-price spike people in the West will feel after a dramatic explosion and fire at a major gas processing plant in western Wyoming.

  • WVa to receive $5.6M from feds for laid-off miners 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 5:49 pm
  • CHARLESTON, West Virginia - West Virginia is receiving an additional $5.6 million in federal grants to help coal workers affected by mine closures and layoffs.

  • Palladium prices rising as mining strike continues 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:58 pm
  • Platinum and palladium prices are rising as a dispute between Russia and Ukraine along with a strike in South Africa push prices up.

  • FDA eases into regulating e-cigarettes 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:38 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The federal government's move to regulate e-cigarettes is a leap into the unknown.

  • Coal miner Peabody's 1Q loss more than doubles 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:25 pm
  • ST. LOUIS - Coal miner Peabody Energy Corp. said Thursday its first-quarter loss more than doubled on weak prices, falling short of Wall Street expectations.

  • Management, safety cited for radiation release 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 2:04 pm
  • ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - A radiation release from the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico was the result of a slow erosion of the safety culture at the 15-year-old site, which was evident in the bungled response to the emergency, federal investigators said in a report released Thursday.

  • UW 30 reopened in Lincoln County 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 1:13 pm
  • OPAL, Wyoming - Authorities have reopened a 45-mile stretch of U.S. 30 in Lincoln County.

  • Ohio winter takes toll on honeybees 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 12:41 pm
  • COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio beekeepers lost 50 to 80 percent of their honeybees over the harsh winter, threatening the farming industry, state agriculture officials say.

  • Freeport-McMoRan beats expectations, shares rise 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 11:35 am
  • PHOENIX - Freeport-McMoRan's said Thursday that its first-quarter net income fell 21 percent, but the copper and gold mining company's results still beat Wall Street expectations, sending its shares higher.

  • NM offers help with uranium mine cleanup 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 8:01 pm
  • ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - New Mexico is offering to help the Navajo Nation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency figure out how to best use $1 billion for cleaning up abandoned uranium mines throughout the region.

  • Arch Coal writes off coal-to-liquids project 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 7:45 pm
  • CASPER, Wyoming - Arch Coal Inc. has written off as a loss its total $57.7 million investment in a planned coal-to-liquids plant in southern Wyoming but continues to maintain its equity interest in the project, according to a company spokeswoman and a recent report to federal regulators.

  • Union: Stillwater lays off 31 workers 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 5:37 pm
  • BILLINGS, Montana - Union officials say Stillwater Mining Co. has laid off 31 workers.

  • Aerospace firm chooses site for new Kansas plant 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 5:13 pm
  • NEWTON, Kansas - A Wichita-based aerospace company has chosen the suburb of Newton as the new home of its chemical subsidiary.

  • Businessman charged with violating Iran export ban 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 4:44 pm
  • HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - The owner of a Pennsylvania company that makes steel-processing equipment has signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors on a charge he conspired to illegally sell an $800,000 machine to an Iranian firm.

  • Osceola sets meeting on Big River Steel bonds 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 2:33 pm
  • OSCEOLA, Arkansas - The Osceola City Council has scheduled a meeting to discuss issuing $1.5 billion of economic development bonds for the Big River Steel mill.

  • Correction: Chemical Spill-CDC story 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 12:31 pm
  • CHARLESTON, West Virginia - In a story April 22 about a West Virginia chemical spill, The Associated Press reported erroneously that WV TAP developed the estimate that 108,000 people felt some health impacts from the Jan. 9 spill. The estimate was independent of the group: Andrew Whelton, a lead WV TAP researcher, said he developed the estimate on his own.

  • Labor Dept. cuts levels of allowable coal dust 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 12:16 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The Obama administration said Wednesday it is cutting the amount of coal dust allowed in coal mines in an effort to help reduce black lung disease.

  • UMD plans center to train new generation of miners 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 10:49 am
  • DULUTH, Minnesota - The University of Minnesota-Duluth is creating a new program to turn out more graduates who can work in the mining field.

  • Contract worker dies in Texas Formosa plant fall 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 10:22 am
  • POINT COMFORT, Texas - A contract worker has died after falling about 25 feet while doing routine cleaning at a Formosa Plastics Corp. Texas plant.

  • Patriot Coal to cut production at 2 W.Va. mines 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 8:40 am
  • CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Patriot Coal plans to cut production at two mining complexes in southern West Virginia and potentially lay off workers.

  • SD tribe invokes treaties against new uranium mine 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 6:17 am
  • PIERRE, South Dakota - The Oglala Sioux Tribe in southwestern South Dakota is invoking federal treaties and international agreements in protest of a proposed uranium mine in the western part of the state.