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Feds query Wyoming regulators about coal mine bond decisions

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Federal regulators have told Wyoming to provide more justification for allowing less than full bonding for four coal mines while the mine owners go through bankruptcy reorganization. Bonding for the mines owned by Arch Coal and Alpha Natural Resources is insufficient under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, groups including the Powder River Basin Resource Council ...

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Cramer: House votes to protect coal industry from needless regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer announced today the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1644, Supporting Transparent Regulatory and Environmental Actions in Mining Act or the STREAM Act. The bill directs the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) of the Department of the Interior to make available to the public 90 days prior to its publication any draft, final, ...

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Feds to boost mine blasting emissions rules

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The federal agency in charge of environmental protection at surface mines including Wyoming’s huge open-pit coal mines has agreed to work toward regulating the toxic chemicals that sometimes get ejected into the air during blasting. Occasionally not all explosive used in a mine blasting operation ignites. When that happens, a toxic, orange-colored cloud containing nitrogen oxide can ...

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