In the news today…
- KNAU reports conservation groups are urging Arizona regulators to deny a key permit for a uranium mine near the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
- Argus reports Wyoming lawmakers are considering adding an option for mine reclamation bonding that supporters say could reduce the state’s risk from producer insolvencies.
- WTVQ reports reclaiming all of the coal mines in Kentucky and six other Appalachian states could cost an estimated $7.5 billion to $9.8 billion, according to a new report by Appalachian Voices, an environmental conservation group.
- Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly reports Toronto-listed Nevada Copper is studying a potential solar project at its Pumpkin Hollow mine, which could materially reduce the already low grid power costs of Nevada, in the US.
- Energy News Network reports mining companies increasingly rely on cheaper contractors who are reluctant to report safety problems or decline overtime, experts say.
- Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the operator of an underground coal mine near Logan caused a fatal mining incident in January by not having policies or procedures in place to assure safe underground haulage, according to federal mine regulators’ final report on the incident released Tuesday.