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Toxic mining disasters ‘loom in eastern Europe’

Toxic mining disasters loom in eastern Europe as the European Union has failed to pass legislation a year after Hungary’s lethal toxic mud spill, an environmentalist group said on Monday. “Hungary has let its presidency of the EU pass without taking any action to defuse further ticking time bombs in Central and Eastern Europe,” said Gabor Figeczky, the head…

China hit by two mining accidents

BEIJING — China suffered two mining accidents on Saturday that left three workers dead and 40 trapped underground, state media said, the latest incidents to hit the nation’s dangerous collieries. One mine collapsed in Heshan city in the southern region of Guangxi, and rescuers sent to help the trapped workers…

Peru halts Canada mining operations amid protests

LIMA (AFP) – Peru suspended a Canadian company’s mining project in the south of the country on Saturday following intense negotiations in the wake of deadly protests by mostly indigenous anti-mining activists, authorities said. The government enacted five laws including the revocation of a concession granted to Bear Creek Mining…

Supreme Court strikes down state drug data mining law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court struck down on Thursday a state law that prohibits the use of prescription drug records for marketing, in a case pitting free-speech rights against medical privacy concerns. The high court handed a victory to data mining companies IMS Health, Verispan and Source Healthcare Analytics,…

Idaho miner’s body recovered nine days after cave-in

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Search teams on Sunday recovered the body of a silver miner in Idaho trapped more than a mile underground and cut off from the outside world nine days ago by an unexplained cave-in, mine company executives said. Conclusive word that Larry Marek, 53, had perished in the…

Coal giant upset over loss of mountaintop mine permit

WASHINGTON – The withdrawal of a permit for a controversial “mountaintop removal” coal mining operation has sparked outrage in the US industry, but was hailed as a victory for environmental protection and the health of nearby communities. The move Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revoke licenses for…

Bush adviser’s PR firm running defense for West Virginia coal mine

The company that runs the West Virginia coal mine where 29 workers died earlier this month has hired a PR firm run by a former top adviser to President George W. Bush to help fend off bad publicity in the wake of the disaster. With some groups calling for the…

Groups call for arrest of West Virginia mine CEO

A coalition of NGOs who say they are fighting against the influence of the US Chamber of Commerce has called for the arrest of Don Blankenship, the CEO responsible for the West Virginia mine where 29 workers lost their lives last week. In a press release on Monday, StopTheChamber.com said…

At least 25 dead, 4 missing in US mine blast

WASHINGTON (AFP) – An explosion ripped through a coal mine in West Virginia, killing 25 workers and leaving four unaccounted for in one of the worst US mining disasters in recent years, officials said. The blast occurred towards the end of the afternoon at the Upper Big Branch mine run…

EPA proposes veto of major US mountaintop removal site

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed an unprecedented veto to restrict or prohibit mining at a major proposed US mountaintop removal coal mining site. If the veto is finalized, it would invalidate a permit first issued in 2007 for the Army Corps of Engineers at the Spruce…

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