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Environmental Suits Loom for Chile’s Copper Mines

Usually business-friendly Chile may be witnessing a turning tide, as more and more mining and energy projects get stalled by environmental objectors. The $5 billion Castilla coal-fired plant was cancelled after fierce environmental opposition, and legal challenges are possible for the Chilean energy company AES Gener’s Alto Maipo hydropower project, Reuters … Read more »

GE's Durathon battery powered mining scoop

GE Trials Cleaner Battery-Powered Mining Scoop

General Electric says its Durathon battery has successfully powered its Mining Scoop, an underground vehicle that transports mining materials, at Coal River Energy in Alum Creek, W. Va. GE Mining and GE Energy Storage, two businesses within GE Transportation, collaborated to combine the Durathon battery, an Ecomagination-qualified product, with GE’s … Read more »

Greener Technologies Making Mining Cleaner, More Efficient

Greener Technologies Making Mining Cleaner, More Efficient

Mining companies such as Rio Tinto and Barrick Gold are beginning to adopt greener technologies, spawning a cottage industry of companies aimed at helping the mining industry clean up after hundreds of years of inefficiencies and waste, according to a report by cleantech research and advisory firm Kachan & Co. The … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Barrick $16m Fine, Edison ‘Misled Regulators’

Southern California Edison willfully misled the public and regulators to avoid a full safety review of its redesigned San Onofre nuclear power plant in California, according to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee. Boxer published correspondence between Edison and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which she said … Read more »