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Land use | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Communities | Politics | WaterMarch 4, 2015 2:30 a.m.
The Washington and Oregon legislatures are considering limits on suction dredge mining -- a technique that uses large floating vacuums to suck up rocky streambeds and sift out precious metals.
The long-time head of Oregon's Department of Geology And Mineral Industries, Vicki McConnell, is leaving at the end of February.
Energy | Business | Science | Politics | World | Technology | Think Out LoudJan. 9, 2014 8:30 p.m.
While the ubiquity of smart technology has led to greater awareness of human rights issues worldwide, obtaining the metals used in these devices often comes with a terrible human cost.
Now that farmers market season is in full swing, you're probably wondering what’s new and in season. But before you fill a basket with only spring classics like strawberries and rhubarb, consider trying miner's lettuce and flowering broccoli.
The recent collapse at the Lucky Friday silver mine in Idaho left seven miners injured after a rock burst 6,000 feet underground. The mine has been fully evacuated and is closed until further notice. Wednesday night's accident was the third major accident at the mine since April, which have resulted in two fatalities. Last week, the Mine Safety and Health administration released a report that criticized the mine's owner, Hecla Mining, for "not having policies and procedures that provided for safe mining," and "failing to design, install, and maintain a support system" that would have held up the rock that killed 53-year-old Larry Marek. These incidents, along with a second death last month, have raised questions about Hecla Mining's policies. OPB's Jessica Robinson has been following the events all year.