In the news today…
- E&E Daily reports Republican lawmakers introduced a bill yesterday aimed at reducing dependence on China for critical minerals by boosting domestic mining and processing.
- Prescott eNews reports Congressmen Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) and Michael Waltz (FL-06) introduced the American Critical Mineral Exploration and Innovation Act of 2020.
- Mining.com reports from Reuters on the U.S. House bill introduced to bolster domestic mining and processing of minerals.
- Washington Examiner reports House Republican leaders introduced legislation Thursday to encourage U.S. production of critical minerals used in clean energy technologies.
- E&E Greenwire reports the United States consumed more energy from renewable sources last year than it did from coal for the first time since before 1885.
- E&E Energywire reports the Treasury Department issued a long-awaited rule outlining how companies can claim federal tax credits for carbon storage.
- The Athens News reports on the post-coal future for the Ohio Appalachian region.
- The Guardian reports more than 6,000 coal miners lost their jobs in March and April as the industry suffers its biggest decline in 60 years.
- Casper Star Tribune reports nearly 100 furloughed miners returned to work at the Decker Coal Company on Tuesday.
- Argus reports Illinois basin coal production fell to an historic low in the first quarter amid an ongoing demand slump.
- Argus reports a federal appeals court has agreed that the city of Oakland, California, breached its contract with Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal (OBOT) when it banned coal and petroleum coke handling and storage in the city.
Clean Water Act:
- Inside EPA reports several federal courts are poised to become test beds for applying the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on when pollutants that travel through groundwater to navigable waters require a Clean Water Act (CWA) discharge permit.