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Icy Weather Sends Industrial Production Down 2.2% Last Month

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Industrial output fell sharply in February as severe winter storms battered much of the country, disrupting a wide range of manufacturing activities from autos to chemical plants. The expectation is that the drop will be temporary although …

BHP Labels English Lawsuit Over Brazil Dam Failure Pointless, Wasteful

LONDON — Anglo-Australian miner BHP has dismissed as pointless and wasteful a 5 billion pound ($6.3 billion) English lawsuit by 200,000 Brazilian people and groups over the 2015 collapse of a dam that led to Brazil’s worst environmental disaster. Kicking …

Russian Watchdog Seeks $2B in Damages From Nornickel Over Arctic Fuel Spill

Russia’s environmental watchdog has asked a power subsidiary of Russian mining giant Norilsk Nickel to pay almost 148 billion roubles ($2 billion) in damages over an Arctic fuel spill in Siberia. Rosprirodnadzor said in a statement on Monday that it …

Environmental Groups Propose Tailings Dam Safety Standards

Mining companies should be required to buy private insurance for tailings dams and their board of directors should be held legally responsible for any disasters, a coalition of 140 environmental groups said in a report published on Tuesday. The recommendations, …

Global Tailings Dam Standards Fall Short of Changes Sought by Civil Society Groups

TORONTO–A sweeping global standard that sets out how the world’s largest miners care for waste dams falls short of measures environmental and civil society groups say are needed to avert future disasters, according to a copy of the final draft …

Massive Mining Waste Dams Could Pose Deadly Risks, Say Investors

LONDON — A global inquiry into how mining companies store billions of tons of waste in huge dams, launched after a collapse in Brazil killed hundreds, shows about a tenth of the structures have had stability issues, investors said on …

Oklahoma Residents Sue Company Over Fly-ash Pit

Residents in a southeast Oklahoma town have filed a lawsuit to close an old mining pit where fly ash from a nearby coal-powered plant is dumped. The Tulsa World reported in Wednesday’s editions that seven Bokoshe residents and others sued …

MSHA Efforts Aren’t Harming Industry Growth

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration’s continuing crackdown on the coal industry hasn’t deterred the industry’s growth, director Joe Main said Friday. From April 2010 to June 2011, the number of underground mining employees grew by about 11 percent, …

MSHA: 64 Percent of Mines Lack Communications Gear

Government figures show the U.S. coal industry remains well short of meeting a 5-year-old congressional mandate to equip underground mines with high-tech communications and tracking gear. Mine Safety and Health Administration official Dave Chirdon says 192 of 529 coal mines …