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Rio Tinto Abandoning Pebble Mine

Rio Tinto will divest its 19 percent stake in the Pebble Mine project in Alaska and donates its shares to two state charities. The proposed gold, copper and molybdenum mine is under review by the federal government for its impacts on the nearby Bristol Bay watershed and its sockeye salmon breeding … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: SCOTUS Refuses Coal Appeal, Phillips 66 Fined, Anadarko Wins

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Mingo Logan, a subsidiary of Arch Coal, which had challenged the EPA’s decision to veto the Spruce No. 1 mine, the Hill reports. EPA blocked the mine in 2011, four years after the project won its mineral-dumping permit from the Army … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Sulfur in Gasoline, Pebble Mine, Refrigerator Efficiency

The EPA plans to unveil major regulations today to force oil refiners to remove sulfur from gasoline blends, a rule that President Obama asked for in 2010, the New York Times reports. The agency says the cleaner gasoline would contribute $6.7 billion to $19 billion a year in economic benefits, … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Pacific Trade Deal, Rail Cars, Chemical Spill

Contentious negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement threaten to unravel important global environmental protections, the New York Times reported, citing WIkiLeaks and other sources. Environmentalists told the paper that the draft seems to show the US retreating on legally binding pollution controls, logging rules and a ban on shark fin harvesting. The US … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Pesticide Ban, Pebble Mine, Solar Glass Claims

The European Union has voted to impose a two-year ban on neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides linked to bee decline. The decision is a serious defeat for chemical companies, the Guardian says. The European Commission wants a moratorium to begin no later than July 1, the BBC reports. The proposed Pebble Mine copper and gold project … Read more »