Metals and minerals industry

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2007 file photo, Robert "Bob" Murray, founder and chairman of Cleveland-based Murray Energy Corp., arrives at a news conference at the entrance to the Crandall Canyon Mine, in northwest of Huntington, Utah. In the early days of the Trump administration, Murray, the head of one of America’s largest coal companies sent a four-page “action plan” to the White House calling for rollbacks of key environmental and mine safety regulations he claimed would help revive the struggling mining industry. A review by The Associated Press of that March 1, 2017, plan shows Murray, an early Trump campaign supporter, has gotten about half the items on his wish list. Still others, such as eliminating federal tax credits for wind turbines and solar panels, failed to win approval in Congress. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
January 10, 2018 - 5:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the early days of the Trump administration, the head of one of America's largest coal companies sent a four-page "action plan" to the White House calling for rollbacks of Obama-era environmental and mine safety regulations. "We have listed our suggested actions in order of...
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December 28, 2017 - 5:42 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — U.S. officials say they misspoke when they recently announced their approval of a major coal mine expansion in Montana. U.S. Interior Department spokeswoman Heather Swift said Thursday that the expansion is under review. She says "internal miscommunication" led to the...
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December 28, 2017 - 3:49 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — In a Dec. 22 story about a Montana coal mine, The Associated Press, relying on incorrect information from the U.S. Interior Department, reported erroneously that the department approved an expansion of the mine. Spokeswoman Heather Swift now says the department is drafting a...
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In this July 17, 2017 photo, New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn, left, and Larry Gore with the U.S. Forest Service look at survey maps of the Nacimiento Copper Mine near Cuba, N.M., as they discuss tailing piles and contaminated groundwater at the site. Dunn has hired a consultant to review the site and determine what options exist for cleaning up tons of tailings made up of waste from past mining operations. The mine is among many sites in the West that are in need of remediation. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
December 26, 2017 - 3:46 pm
CUBA, N.M. (AP) — For decades, yellow- and white-tinged piles of waste from a defunct copper mine have covered the mountainside at the edge of the quintessential New Mexico village of Cuba — out of sight, out of mind and not nasty enough to warrant the attention of the federal government's...
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FILE - In this June 9, 2010 file photo, a worker uses a suction hose to remove oil washed ashore from the Deepwater Horizon spill, in Belle Terre, La. The Trump administration has halted an independent scientific study of offshore oil inspections by the federal safety agency created after the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine was told to cease review of the inspection program conducted by the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. Established following the massive BP spill, the bureau was assigned the role of improving offshore safety inspections and federal oversight. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
December 21, 2017 - 2:56 pm
The Trump administration has halted an independent scientific study of offshore oil inspections by the federal safety agency created after the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine was told to cease review of the inspection program conducted...
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President Donald Trump prays during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Washington. From left, Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Trump, and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
December 20, 2017 - 4:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is ordering the government to boost production of critical minerals used for manufacturing everything from smartphones to wind turbines and cars. An executive order to be issued Wednesday directs federal agencies to find ways to increase exploration, mining...
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December 19, 2017 - 5:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is reliant on China and other nations for the overwhelming majority of critical minerals used for manufacturing everything from smartphones to wind turbines and cars, a new federal report says. The report released Tuesday by the U.S. Geological Survey says the U...
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Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, left, talks with president-elect Sebastian Pinera, a former president, as Pinera's wife Cecilia Morel stands by in Santiago, Chile, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. Pinera’s resounding victory in a presidential runoff election swings Chile back to the right and highlights the increasing number of conservative leaders who have won power in Latin America. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
December 18, 2017 - 5:57 pm
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Investors gave a warm welcome Monday to the easy victory by former President Sebastian Pinera in a presidential runoff election that is swinging Chile back to the right. Chile's IPSA stock index soared and the peso strengthened on Sunday's triumph by the market-favorite...
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December 15, 2017 - 4:41 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump's mining regulators are reconsidering rules meant to protect underground miners from breathing coal and rock dust -- the cause of black lung -- and diesel exhaust, which can cause cancer. An advocate for coal miners said Friday that this sends a "very...
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December 15, 2017 - 9:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production rose 0.2 percent in November due to a rebound in extracting oil and natural gas after a stoppage due to Hurricane Nate. The Federal Reserve said Friday that mining activity climbed 2 percent last month, while manufacturing activity rose 0.2 percent...
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