STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Notebook: Officials examine damage
By Don Davis
Federal, state and local officials begin assessing damage today from last months storms.
They will examine damage to public and some non-profit facilities that occurred during June 20-26 ... Posted on 7/9/13 at 8:18 AM
STAFF BLOG EH? PLUS Northshore mercury roundup
Residents of Silver Bay and Babbitt are invited to turn in their old mercury-laden products and old electronics free of charge during two events sponsored by Cliffs Natural Resources Northshore Mini... Posted on 6/10/13 at 11:00 PM
HEALTHY TIDBITS Mining, Polluted Water, Big Business
We all have heard of toxins in the water. The wheels go round and round.Unfortanately lots of big businsses contribute to these in a community from dumping into the lake, to burning plastic (hospital)... Posted on 4/13/10 at 2:06 AM
RINK & RUN A Houghton Prediction
This prediction from Brandon Veale, sports editor of the Houghton Mining Gazette, leading to Friday's Minnesota Duluth at Michigan Tech series:
Before you declare this series... Posted on 2/4/10 at 2:15 PM
A coalition of environmental, business, faith, American Indian and conservation groups Monday called on the federal Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a broad, region-wide study of the cumulative effects of mining expansion in the Lake Superior basin.
As I consider the issue of PolyMet and sulfide ore mining in the Northland, I continue to wonder about what could go wrong. The industry experts and advocates constantly assure us they now have processes worked out so these mines will not result in environmental disasters like nearly all past copper-nickel mines throughout history.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker this week signed a bill that would restrict public access to the Gogebic Taconite mine site. About 3,500 acres around the site is open to the public through the state’s managed forest program. The company has said it fears protesters are taking advantage of that access to harass mine workers as they conduct mineral sampling and other tests.
The company that wants to dig a massive iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin probably won’t need an air pollution permit for the bulk sampling operation that is to take place before actual mining begins, the state Department of Natural Resources said this week.
I read with interest the Nov. 26 article, “IRRRB leader pitches idea to keep North Dakota oil tax money local,” which was about a presentation made by Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board Commissioner Tony Sertich to the oil-rich communities of western North Dakota.
The last time a massive report dropped to detail just how copper-nickel mining could be done on the Iron Range in accordance with strict state and federal environmental laws and standards, it got blasted.
A 2,169-page review of how PolyMet Mining Corp. plans to open Minnesota’s first copper mine and abide by all state and federal environmental laws went public Friday after years of behind-the-scenes drafting.
A Canadian National Railway train filled with iron ore pellets from the Iron Range derailed in Two Harbors early Thursday afternoon, and two injuries were reported, Lake County Sheriff Carey Johnson said.
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