March 12, 2008

  • W.R. Grace agrees to $250-million dollar cleanup for past asbestos mining near Libby, Montana. New York Times. Note that this notorious health hazard has been the subject of hundreds of of articles since 2000. Many people in the area have died from the asbestos contamination in town and from working the now closed mine.

  • As the price of gold and other “hard rock” minerals rises, the need to change the 135-year old law that established the claim and patent system on public lands grows. Key U.S. Senate Committee hears about the need for mining reforms.  By Staci Matlock. The New Mexican. Mining claims rise near Western cities. By Judy…

  • Wyoming ozone warnings point to gas fields. Tougher ozone standards expected from EPA today. By Cory Hatch. Jackson Hole News and Guide. – – – – – Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The EPA might announce new ozone rules nationalwide today. This is not just a Wyoming issue.

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