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De Beers Prepares for South African Carbon Tax w/Carbon Capture Pilot Project

De Beers Prepares for South African Carbon Tax w/Carbon Capture Pilot Project

De Beers, the diamond unit of Anglo American, will attempt to capture carbon within the rock from which diamonds are extracted in order to offset its harmful emissions and reduce a tax it might have to pay on carbon emissions at its South Africa mines. De Beers plans to pilot … Read more »

Construction Boom Could Boost Demand for Met Coal

Construction Boom Could Boost Demand for Met Coal

Businesses that transport their goods via the highways, railways or the airways are likely to see an expansion of the nation’s infrastructure — good news for the met coal sector too, which is used to make steel.

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Southern Coal Reaches $5M Settlement with Feds, Agrees to Reduce Mining Water Pollution

Southern Coal Corporation and its affiliates have agreed to spend $5 million to reduce water pollution and settle federal Clean Water Act charges. Under the settlement with the EPA and the US Department of Justice, Southern Coal and 26 affiliated mining companies will upgrade their operations to prevent discharges of … Read more »

Nontoxic Formula Extracts Precious Metals from E-Waste

Mineral processing company Mineworx says it has developed a nontoxic leach formula that extracts precious metals from ores and e-waste that is safer for the environment than existing cyanide-based formulas. Mineworx’s parent company, Canadian mining firm Iberian Minerals, has created a new subsidiary, HMX Solutions, to pursue commercial opportunities for … Read more »

Heathrow Airport Saves $310,000, 130 Million Liters of Water Using GE Water Treatments

Heathrow Airport Saves $310,000, 130 Million Liters of Water Using GE Water Treatments

London’s Heathrow Airport has saved more than 130 million liters of water annually using General Electric’s water treatment technologies, GE says, adding that its technologies also saved the UK’s largest airport $310,000 in a year. Thirty-nine cooling towers across four terminals at the airport were treated with GE’s corrosion inhibitor, … Read more »

What is Criminal Behavior? Coal Groups Want to Know

What is Criminal Behavior? Coal Groups Want to Know

The Ohio, Illinois and West Virginia Coal Associations have filed amicus briefs asking the Fourth Circuit of Appeals to consider their views in support of Don Blankenship. While laying out their argument, the coal associations say explicitly that they do not wish to address the specifics of the former coal barons case; rather, they feel that criminal law has been misapplied here — that government could tag anyone with a crime if it searched long and hard enough.

Stream Rule to Come: Making Water Safer and Coal Mining More Expensive

Stream Rule to Come: Making Water Safer and Coal Mining More Expensive

Coal exects are saying that the impending stream protection rule due out this summer would be the most expensive coal regulation ever enacted. But the Obama administration says that it is long overdue and necessary to protect water quality.

Workplace Safety Law Reforms Would Reach From the Trenches to the Highest Corporate Offices

Workplace safety has always been atop the labor movement’s agenda. It is now becoming a priority for candidates seeking federal office, including the presidency. The high-profile prosecution of Don Blankenship is responsible for the renewed concerns, although it remains unlikely for now that labor laws will change. At issue here … Read more »

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Apple Strikes Gold with Recycling Efforts

Recycling is paying off for Apple — to the tune of about $43.6 million in gold. According to Apple’s environmental responsibility report, the company recovered 2,204 pounds (a little over a ton) of gold from recycled electronic devices last year from its take-back initiatives and other recycling events. The take-back initiatives … Read more »

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Federal Coal Lease Reform Moves Forward

The Obama administration is moving forward with its overhaul of the federal coal program. Yesterday, the US Department of the Interior issued a Notice of Intent to conduct a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS), which begins a formal review of the program. “As we undertake this review, we look forward to … Read more »

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Obama Freezes New Coal Mining Leases, Launches Environmental Review

The Obama administration today said it will stop issuing new coal mining leases on public lands as it conducts a review of the federal coal program. “Given serious concerns raised about the federal coal program, we’re taking the prudent step to hit pause on approving significant new leases so that … Read more »