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EPA blamed for declining coal industry... proposes even more regulations

10/21/2016 - There is just no arguing the fact that President Barack Obama wants to destroy the coal industry. From his earliest days on the campaign trail in 2008, in which he pledged to pursue policies that would shutter coal-fired power plants and dramatically increase electricity rates for average Americans,...

1872 law allows open-pit mine in Arizona; mining expected to devastate local environment and health

12/20/2014 - A 142-year-old law could pave the way for new mining operations in a region of Arizona once known to support silver and manganese extraction a century ago, despite concerns from locals and activist groups about the potential for environmental damage. As reported by High Country News, the town of...

US government mining social media to track 'health behavior' of Americans

11/6/2013 - Just about every agency of the federal government, not to mention its spy apparatus, is prying apart the Fourth Amendment to get as much information as possible on every man, woman and child, no doubt for some spurious use at some point down the road. The latest episode to this sad, unconstitutional...

Global treaty demands mercury reduction in mining, but not in vaccines or dental fillings

10/20/2013 - There is a global initiative currently gaining momentum to vastly reduce the amount of mercury that gets released into the environment as a result of metal mining and other industrial processes, a move that would better protect public health by limiting exposure to this deadly toxin. But strangely absent...

Toxic China: Heavy metal cadmium openly dumped into rivers by mining companies

2/6/2012 - China is not exactly the poster child of environmental friendliness, and this was further exemplified this past week when authorities discovered that at least one mining company has been openly discharging toxic cadmium into two major rivers in the southern Guangxi region of the country. Reports indicate...

Treasure trove of rare earth metals discovered on sea floor; will mining devastate ocean ecosystem?

7/18/2011 - Rare earth metals, which have a number of useful applications, are also key elements in the construction of some of the world's leading green technologies. And as these technologies mature, naturally the industries developing them will need more of these metals to keep up with demand. But until recently,...

Even "green" technologies depend on dirty, destructive mining operations for rare metals

2/14/2010 - The advent of new "green" technologies may seem like a perfect remedy to many former methods that caused heavy pollution and environmental destruction. The only problem is that many of these new technologies require the mining of rare earth metals which often leads to the destruction of land, farms,...

Conservation group aims to end destruction of mountaintops by mining operations

11/9/2006 - The conservation group Appalachian Voices has begun a crusade against mountain top removal coal mining -- a drastic mining technique where explosives are used to detonate entire mountains -- with the cooperation of several mountain conservation groups, through an educational web site at Visitors...

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