Mining & Environmental News

Senate Confirms Scott Pruitt as Head of EPA

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Scott Pruitt was approved on Friday by a vote of 52-46. Pruitt served six years as Oklahoma's attorney general and was closely aligned…

Wisconsin Lawmakers Ditch Plans to End Daylight Saving Time

MADISON (AP) - Two Republican lawmakers have scrapped a bill to end daylight saving time in Wisconsin amid a backlash on social media and now want to make the sunshine-extending time change permanent year-round in the state. Representatives Samantha Kerkman…

Expert: Small Plastic Being Found In Soil

SUPERIOR, Wis. - Researchers say when plastic breaks down, it forms into tiny particles that lay in the ground for years. They say some of those particles are then ingested by fish and…

Major Flooding Possible in Northern Red River Valley

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Forecasters say there is an increased risk for moderate to major flooding in the northern Red River Valley of northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota this spring. those areas have the wettest soils and highest…

Anglers Can Fish Without a Michigan License this Weekend

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Want to go fishing but don't have a license? No problem, but just for a couple of days. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has scheduled its Winter Free Fishing Weekend for Saturday and Sunday. No…

Enbridge Adds Part of Dakota Access Pipeline to Their System

DULUTH, Minn.-Enbridge has announced it's acquiring 27.6 percent of the Bakken Pipeline System. That pipeline is part of the very controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, which runs through some ancient Native American sites in North Dakota.  It's has also caused concern…

Free Beekeeping 101 Workshops

UPDATE: Due to the overwhelming interest, all sessions are at capacity. Plans are in the works to add more sessions for the spring! SUPERIOR, Wis. - The University of Wisconsin-Superior is hosting a free Beekeeping 101 workshop this weekend. Two…

Mediation Program Helps Struggling Minnesota Farmers

ST. PAUL (AP) - Low commodity prices are causing financial pain on Minnesota farms, but bankruptcies are rare thanks in part to a state mediation program. Minnesota Public Radio reports the farmer-lender program requires lenders to offer struggling farmers the…

Group Sues Feds for Delaying Bumblebee's Endangered Listing

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - An environmental group is suing the Trump administration for delaying an endangered-species designation for the rusty patched bumblebee. The Natural Resources Defense Council says the U.S. Department of Interior broke the law by postponing the…

Minnesota Slip Clean-Up Plans

DULUTH, Minn. - The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has announced that the contaminated Minnesota Slip will be dredged and capped. Nearly 37,000 cubic yards of sediment are contaminated where the William A Irvin…

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