CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina county is considering relaxing its mining regulations.
The Sun News in Myrtle Beach reports Horry County Council could enact zoning ordinances that...
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Backers of a Montana citizen's initiative that would add new mining regulations say a foreign-owned company is illegally bankrolling an industry campaign against the proposal.
In a complaint filed Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission, sponsors of Initiative 186 alleged campaign law violations by the Montana Mining Association, Sandfire Resources Inc. and others.
BOONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A special judge has voided a southwestern Indiana city's sweeping ban of coal mining within three miles of its city limits.
The judge was appointed to hear Alcoa Corp.'s lawsuit challenging Boonville's coal mining regulations. He recently issued a ruling that in part voided the city's coal mining ban within three miles of its city limits.
But he upheld Boonville's ban on blasting within 1,000 feet of city infrastructure, and its regulation of mine water discharges.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill that would take coal mining regulation away from the federal government and put it back in the hands of the state of Tennessee is now headed to the governor, but it faces concerns from environmentalists and state officials.
BOONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A dispute between southwestern Indiana residents and Alcoa Corp. over local mining regulations has come to a standstill.
BOONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Alcoa Corp. wants a court to block a southwestern Indiana city from enforcing its new local coal mining regulations.
The Boonville City Council approved the ordinance that bans explosives for mining within 3 miles (5 kilometers) of the city. City officials said the rules will protect residents because state regulations only require mines be at least 300 feet from homes.
BOONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Alcoa Corp. is moving forward with plans to partially reopen its aluminum smelting operations in southwestern Indiana as it challenges new local coal mining regulations.
The Pittsburgh-based company says three of five shuttered smelter lines at its Warrick Operations near Evansville are expected to return online in 2018. The company has promised about 275 jobs. A planned expansion of Liberty Mine will provide fuel for the smelter.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Local governments are looking to enact their own mining regulations as Gov. Scott Walker prepares to lift Wisconsin's nearly 20-year ban on gold and silver mining, saying they want to protect the environment and make sure taxpayers don't have to clean up any potential damage.
Walker voted for the mining moratorium when he was in the state Assembly in 1998 but is expected to sign a new Republican-backed bill that would lift the prohibition and relax other mining regulations.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers have overwhelmingly overridden a veto from the governor to enact restrictive new mining regulations.
Both legislative chambers voted Wednesday to give final passage to the bill that bans larger open pit mines, prohibits underwater storage of mine waste, and requires companies to set aside money to cover the cleanup of environmental contamination. The Senate voted 35-0 and the House 122-21.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Two Maine lawmakers are dropping the Maine Democratic Party in the midst of budget season.
The Portland Press Herald reported that (http://bit.ly/2qXv08H) Reps. Denise Harlow and Ralph Chapman have unenrolled.
Both politicians are progressives who split with their party to oppose an overhaul of Maine's metallic mining regulations.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law changes to the regulation of Michigan copper mines.
Legislation enacted Tuesday establishes separate regulations for small native copper mines that developers are eyeing in the western Upper Peninsula. The law also does not allow for local governments to regulate mining activities.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers on Thursday began advancing revisions of coal mining regulations after removing provisions that would have sharply reduced safety inspections of underground mines.
The Senate Committee on Energy, Industry and Mining approved a substitute for the bill that would have chopped required annual state safety inspections from four to one.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a Virginia company's bid to end the state's decades-long ban on uranium mining so it can tap a huge deposit of the radioactive ore.
A divided panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond upheld the ruling of a district judge, who in December 2015 threw out a lawsuit from Virginia Uranium Inc.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal officials say the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has failed numerous times to enforce state rules governing the coal-mining industry.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Conservation Congress plans to ask outdoor lovers about high-capacity well regulations, large farm pollution and mining.
The congress advises the Department of Natural Resources. Each year it gauges public sentiment on issues with surveys at its spring hearings. This year's hearings are April 10.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A northern Wisconsin legislator who authored changes relaxing Wisconsin's iron mining regulations now wants to lift the state's mining moratorium.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A state environmental board will let the public weigh in on rules that would do away with the de facto ban on metallic mineral mining and exploration.
J.D. Irving mining subsidiary Aroostook Resources says that Maine's mining regulations are so mismatched they've effectively shut down an industry that could employ thousands of people. The subsidiary has reported nearly $150,000 in lobbying expenses since 2011.