In the news today…
- Bloomberg Law reports MSHA rejected two unions’ call from earlier this month for the agency to create an emergency temporary standard protecting miners from infectious diseases.
- E&E Greenwire reports the Bureau of Land Management announced it will prepare an environmental impact statement for the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota near the nation’s most visited wilderness area.
- Bloomberg Green reports Anglo American Plc is advancing plans to convert its fleet of giant diesel-fueled mine trucks to hydrogen power as the company seeks to burnish its green credentials.
- Energy News Network reports coal’s decline has forced staunchly anti-Obamacare politicians to reconsider Medicaid expansion, while rural communities depend on telehealth more than ever.
- Inside Climate News reports 80 local, regional and national organizations on Monday rolled out a National Economic Transition Platform to support struggling coal mining cities and towns, some facing severe poverty, in Appalachia, the Illinois Basin, Montana, Wyoming, Arizona and elsewhere.
- Utility Dive reports the American Energy Innovation Act introduced earlier this year could come back to the Senate floor as early as July.
- E&E Greenwire and Politico Pro report nuclear and carbon capture amendments have been added to the NDAA.
- Inside EPA reports a new study by the Harvard School of Public Health aims to bolster the case for EPA to tighten its fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS).
- E&E Climatewire reports efforts by Japan’s popular 39-year-old environment minister to curb the government’s support for coal-fired power may be failing.