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  • new storyJapan's UNESCO heritage bid draws ire over past labor abuse story has photos
    Updated: Jun-30-15 8:17 pm

    GUNKANJIMA, Japan - Of countless ghostly abandoned factories and mines in Japan, this fortress island near Nagasaki is among the most notorious. It is also a source of national pride.

  • Water impact at issue with tar sands mine in eastern Utah 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 4:41 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - Opponents of Utah's first tar sands mine called on state officials Tuesday to withhold approvals for the project because new evidence shows water in the area will be negatively impacted.

  • Poland to support, develop industrial, coal mining region 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 1:04 pm

    WARSAW, Poland - Poland's government, at its first ever session outside Warsaw, approved a multi-billion-euro plan on Tuesday to stimulate the coal-mining region of Silesia's industry and job market.

  • Japan's UNESCO heritage bid draws ire over past labor abuse 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 12:20 pm

    GUNKANJIMA, Japan - Of countless ghostly abandoned factories and mines in Japan, this fortress island near Nagasaki is among the most notorious. It is also a source of national pride.

  • 8 homes vacated after '03 plant accident will be up for sale 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 11:18 am

    HOLLEY, New York - Eight abandoned homes will go on the market more than a decade after the owners moved out of their western New York neighborhood because of a chemical accident.

  • Duke Energy CEO getting pay raise year after coal ash spill 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 10:32 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good is getting a raise a year after the country's largest electric company confronted a coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals, the company said in a regulatory filing Monday.

  • News Guide: What power plant ruling means for Michigan 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 5:59 pm

    LANSING, Michigan - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in favor of Michigan and other Republican-led states that challenged Environmental Protection Agency rules that would reduce mercury and other air pollution from coal-fired power plants. The regulations, announced in 2011, are different from rules proposed last year to cut carbon dioxide emissions. What the decision means:

  • Environmental groups urge Dayton to wade into mine review 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 2:58 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Environmental advocates trying to stop a proposed copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota launched an ad campaign on Monday aimed not at the company behind the project but at Gov. Mark Dayton, hoping to persuade the Democrat to require stronger environmental protections.

  • Steps taken on pesticide inspections please fed overseers 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 9:59 am

    BISMARCK, North Dakota - Federal oversight officials say they're satisfied with steps the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and North Dakota Agriculture Department are taking in the wake of an audit critical of pesticide inspections in the state.

  • Blackhawk Mining plans to buy some Patriot Coal assets 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 8:02 am

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Blackhawk Mining LLC says it plans to buy some of Patriot Coal's assets in southern West Virginia.

  • Coroner: Coal miner killed in accident; autopsy pending 
    Updated: Jun-28-15 10:12 am

    MOUNT MORRIS, Pennsylvania - Authorities say a coal miner was killed over the weekend in an accident at a mine in southwestern Pennsylvania.

  • Georgia county working to keep Terrapin Beer in Athens 
    Updated: Jun-28-15 10:05 am

    ATHENS, Georgia - A $350,000 line item in Athens-Clarke County's budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 is aimed at keeping the Terrapin Beer Company in Athens, according to documents released by the county under an open-records request from the Athens Banner-Herald.

  • State ends lease for Union Wildlife Management Area 
    Updated: Jun-27-15 3:03 pm

    BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - State wildlife officials say the property known as Union Wildlife Management Area will no longer be part of the department's wildlife management area program, effective July 1

  • New Jersey museum highlights early music industry 
    Updated: Jun-27-15 10:31 am

    MORRISTOWN, New Jersey - Since the 19th century, music lovers have been putting coins in the jukebox to hear their favorite tunes.

  • Shanghai police remove protesters who oppose chemical plant story has photos
    Updated: Jun-27-15 6:22 am

    SHANGHAI - Police in China's financial hub Shanghai took away at least three busloads of environmental protesters outside the municipal government Saturday, preventing the latest rally that started with a rumor that a petrochemical plant could move into the area.

  • Company looking at downsizing proposed coal-to-liquid plant 
    Updated: Jun-26-15 1:01 pm

    MEDICINE BOW, Wyoming - Low oil prices have prompted a company to scale back its plans for building a plant that would turn coal into gasoline and other liquid fuels in southern Wyoming, a company official said.

  • Former lawmaker testifies during federal corruption trial 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 7:50 pm

    PIKEVILLE, Kentucky - A former Democratic state lawmaker who owns coal mines and helped regulate the coal industry on the House Natural Resources Committee told a federal jury Thursday that it was "awkward" when a state mine inspector assigned to his mines asked him for money.

  • Arkansas cotton acreage likely to drop to historic low 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 7:18 pm

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Depressed prices and rain have caused a more than 30 percent drop this year in the land area planted to cotton in Arkansas.

  • South African president details police killings of strikers 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 2:31 pm

    JOHANNESBURG - South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday described the police killings of 34 striking miners near Marikana in 2012 as a "horrendous tragedy," saying investigators found that officers followed a flawed plan to control the protesters and there was "a complete lack of command and control" among some police at the scene.

  • Molycorp files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 10:58 am

    GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colorado - Rare earth metals company Molycorp has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

  • Contractor dies at AK Steel plant in Kentucky 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 10:06 am

    ASHLAND, Kentucky - Officials are investigating after an electrical contractor died at an AK Steel plant in eastern Kentucky.

  • East Millinocket buys wastewater plant for $1 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 7:40 am

    EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine - East Millinocket has a new wastewater plant after spending a dollar to buy one that once belonged to a former paper mill.

  • Maine business accused of overcharging paper mill 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 4:07 am

    HINCKLEY, Maine - The Maine operator of a wood-cutting business is accused of overcharging customers by more than $13,000.

  • Monsanto posts higher 3Q profit, pursues Syngenta tie-up story has photos
    Updated: Jun-24-15 6:05 pm

    WASHINGTON - Monsanto Co. reported better-than-expected earnings results for the third quarter on Wednesday as executives of the huge agricultural business continued to make a case for a $45 billion takeover of Swiss competitor, Syngenta AG.

  • Feds approve gold mine plan in central Idaho wilderness 
    Updated: Jun-24-15 5:20 pm

    BOISE, Idaho - The U.S. Forest Service has approved a gold mining company's plan to reopen a 4-mile road in a central Idaho wilderness and drill core samples to find out if two of its claims are profitable enough to be mined.