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Key Democrat wants answers from EPA on Minnesota mine plan

Key Democrat wants answers from EPA on Minnesota mine plan

An influential Democratic congresswoman wants to know why the Environmental Protection Agency opted against filing formal comments with state regulators when they considered whether to issue a key permit for the PolyMet copper-nickel mine in ...

Too much brine? Study highlights growing toxic brine problem

Too much brine? Study highlights growing toxic brine problem

The world's thirst for fresh water is causing a salty problem.According to a scientific study released Monday, desalination plants worldwide are producing 142 million cubic meters (5,014 million cubic feet) of brine daily — about ...

Minnesota governor seeks balance on agency picks

Minnesota governor seeks balance on agency picks

State agencies in Minnesota often play an outsized role in bitter fights between environmentalists and industry — such as mining proposals or anti-pollution regulations for agriculture — and have sometimes drawn frustration across the political ...

New Wyoming governor: Keep fighting for coal exports

New Wyoming governor: Keep fighting for coal exports

Wyoming should continue to fight to enable more U.S. coal exports overseas, the state's new governor said in a state of the state speech Wednesday that also called for more spending restraint and better returns ...

Forest fire insurance costs soar

Forest fire insurance costs soar

The California wildfire that devastated the small town of Paradise in November was the costliest natural disaster in 2018, with Munich Re reinsurer saying climate change was making fires more common

Colorado’s Jared Polis succeeding Hickenlooper as governor

Colorado’s Jared Polis succeeding Hickenlooper as governor

Colorado takes a formal step to the left Tuesday with the gubernatorial inauguration of Democrat Jared Polis, whose overwhelming election victory and party's consolidation of legislative control promise ambitious changes for energy and environmental regulation, ...