Great Lakes (IL IN MI MN OH WI)

State Predicts PolyMet Would Need $1B To Cover Risks From Copper Mine

"PolyMet Mining Corp. would have to put up roughly $1 billion dollars halfway through the life of its proposed copper-nickel mine in northern Minnesota to protect state taxpayers from environmental risks — with more than half the funds dedicated to a trust fund for water treatment that would be required long after the mine has closed."

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, 12/20/2017

"Green Groups Sue Trump Administration Over Delay Of Methane Rule"

"A coalition of nearly 20 environmental and Native American tribal groups sued the Trump administration on Tuesday, challenging its delay of a rule limiting emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas drilling operations on federal lands."

Source: Reuters, 12/20/2017

U.S. Steel Didn't Test For Toxic Metal After Spill Into L Michigan Trib

"U.S. Steel failed to test a Lake Michigan tributary for highly toxic hexavalent chromium after blue liquid "with visible solids" poured out of one of the company's northwest Indiana plants in late October, according to documents posted online Tuesday by state regulators."

Source: Chicago Tribune, 12/13/2017

House Takes Up Controversial Minnesota Mining Bills

"Two controversial measures from Minnesota congressmen, both of which would ease the way for mining expansion in northeastern Minnesota, have divided the state’s congressional delegation while spurring a broader environmental debate in the U.S. House."

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, 11/30/2017

"Michigan Wants All Lead Pipes Replaced Within 20 Years"

"LANSING, Mich. -- Gov. Rick Snyder's administration is planning to require the replacement of every underground lead service pipe in Michigan within 20 years while delaying by four years a deadline to implement the nation's toughest lead limit for drinking water, in the wake of the Flint lead crisis."

Source: AP, 11/29/2017


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