Category: US & Canada

Champion Iron Doubling Production at Bloom Lake

Champion Iron initiated work to double production of iron ore concentrate at its Bloom Lake mine in northeast Quebec. The decision to proceed was based on a Phase II feasibility study that supports increasing production of 66.2%...

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Alcoa Plans Restart for Quebec Smelters

Alcoa Corp., a leader in bauxite, alumina, and aluminum products, announced the Aluminerie de Bécancour Inc. (ABI) smelter plans to restart curtailed smelting capacity after members of the United Steelworkers union in Québec,...

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BLM Shifts Resources to the West

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to relocate national policy staff positions closer to the lands it manages, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior (DoI). This realignment means most BLM Washington Office...

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First Cobalt Plans to Restart Refinery

First Cobalt Corp. announced it agreed on a term sheet with Glencore AG outlining the framework for a phased approach to recommission the First Cobalt Refinery in Ontario, Canada. The framework remains subject to a number of...

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Courts Decide in Favor of Hardrock Mining

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decided to uphold the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision not to impose new duplicative financial assurance requirements on hardrock mines under section...

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Minnesota Court Upholds Nonferrous Mining Rules

On August 5, the Minnesota State Court of Appeals unanimously rejected a challenge from environmental groups against the state’s nonferrous mining rules, which directly affects the development of PolyMet’s NorthMet project. The...

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EPA Clears Path for Pebble Project

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken steps to withdraw a proposal initiated by the former President Barack Obama administration that would have issued a “preemptive veto” of southwest Alaska’s Pebble Project....

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Cliffs Celebrates Northshore Expansion

Cleveland Cliffs held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its expansion at Northshore Mining in Silver Bay, Minnesota, in early August. The company is celebrating the startup of the new production equipment, including supporting...

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Mosaic Will Close Plant City Phosphates Facility

The Mosaic Co. announced it will close its idled Plant City phosphates manufacturing facility in Hillsborough County, Florida. The small team of Mosaic employees currently responsible for care and maintenance activities will...

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Teck is Held Liable for  Columbia River Damage

In early June, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by Teck Inc. of the case brought forward by the Colville Confederated Tribes (CCT) in Washington. The case involved Teck’s lead-zinc smelter in Trail, British...

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