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Kuskokwim River Tribal Water Quality Web Mapper

Kuskokwim River Water Quality Mapper

Georgetown Tribal Council houses a water quality database and GIS map used to store baseline data for the Kuskokwim River, so that should a decline in water quality conditions occur, we would be able [...]

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P2Rx Meat Processing Topic Hub

Describes current economic and environmental information related to the meat processing industry in the United States. Basic steps for beef, pork, poultry and fish processing are discussed along with [...]

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P2Rx Metal Fabrication & Machining Topic Hub

Gives an overview of the industry and the types of products it manufactures with information about the key processes and raw materials used; waste streams, environmental compliance, worker health and [...]

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P2Rx Metal Finishing Topic Hub

Overview of the metal finishing industry including small shops and metal finishing operations that are part of a larger manufacturing process. Gives information about the key processes and raw [...]

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P2Rx Textile Manufacturing Topic Hub

Provides a description and history of textiles industry in the US along with an overview of key processes, the waste streams produced, opportunities for more efficient manufacturing, and economic and [...]

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P2Rx Auto Body Topic Hub

This guide has basic information about pollution prevention for auto body shops and links to a collection of online resources. Information describes industry demographics, key processes and the [...]

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P2Rx Auto Repair Topic Hub

Descriptions of typical material inputs, wastes and pollution prevention options in the automotive repair industry. The hub also includes a bibliography of on-line resources with more information and [...]

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P2Rx Printing – Flexography Topic Hub

Describes the working process of flexographic printing with input/output process diagrams and outlines regulatory and compliance issues found in each step of the process. Includes activities and [...]

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Mining Waste Management in Indian Country

Descriptions of U. S. EPA publications designed to assist tribal leaders, environmental personnel and the general public with mining and mineral processing issues. It includes publications relating [...]

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News Related to Mining & Industry

Feb
8

Controversial Dakota pipeline to go ahead after Army approval

The U.S. Army will grant the final permit for the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline after an order from President Donald Trump to expedite the project despite opposition from Native American tribes and climate activists.

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Jan
25

4 Key Impacts of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines

President Donald Trump signed executive orders early this week that restarted the effort to complete the Keystone XL pipeline across the Great Plains and the Dakota Access pipeline in the northern plains.

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Jan
23

What Happens After Standing Rock?

Standing Rock was more of a beginning than end. It was both a potent symbol for this American moment, and the start of something bigger. No DAPL participants now hope the movement will raise the national consciousness on a broad array of Native American issues, from tribal sovereignty to environmental […]

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Jan
21

North Dakota tribe formally calls on pipeline protesters to disperse

A Sioux tribal council on Saturday formally asked hundreds of protesters to clear out of three camps near its North Dakota reservation used to stage months of sometimes violent protests against the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Mar
4

Tribe Says Drilling Project Would Have ‘Heartbreaking’ Consequences

A few miles outside Glacier National Park in northwest Montana is land known as the Badger-Two Medicine, the ancestral home of the Blackfeet tribe. But it’s also the site of 18 oil and gas development leases, and an energy company is heading to federal court March 10 to fight for […]

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Jan
19

Northwest tribes unite against giant coal, oil projects

SSA Marine wants to build the biggest coal export terminal in North America, to load up some of the largest ships afloat arriving up to 487 times a year, mostly from Asian ports. The Lummi Nation has demanded the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is reviewing the so-called Gateway […]

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Dec
1

Minnesota’s Permit For Northshore Mine Expansion Riles Tribes, Environmental Groups

Tribal and environmental groups say the state’s plan to allow expansion of a taconite mine raises the same concerns as the prospect of copper-nickel mining in northeastern Minnesota. in comments submitted to the MPCA, environmental officials at the Fond du Lac and Grand Portage bands pointed out that the permit […]

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Nov
30

Minnesota’s permit for Northshore mine expansion riles tribes, environmental groups

Northshore Mining Company wants to enlarge its 12-mile-long taconite pit near Babbitt into and area that contains sulfur-bearing rock, the same type of rock that would yield copper, nickel and precious metals for the proposed PolyMet mine just a few miles to the south. Environmental officials at the Fond du Lac and Grand […]

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Nov
23

The town that stood up to coal

The Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Southwest Montana sits on an estimated 23 billion tons of coal. Coal companies are looking here to expand their reserves. However, the Northern Cheyenne say they will oppose the coal development to no end.

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Nov
15

Support Strengthens to Stop Oil and Gas Development to Keep Florida’s Everglades Wild

Betty Osceola is a member of the Miccosukee tribe and Panther clan. She is part of a growing coalition of Indian tribes, environmental groups, and concerned citizens who are fighting the creation of The River of Grass Greenway (ROGG), a bike path that would connect Naples to Miami. Stopping the bike path is a move to keep […]

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Oct
9

House OKs bill giving tribes more control over mineral resources

The House approved a bill Thursday that aims to streamline the process of licensing energy projects on tribal lands, by shortening the time for federal approvals and limiting public comment on environmental impacts.

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Oct
7

Department of Interior must cancel Badger-Two Medicine leases

For more than 30 years, oil and gas companies have sought to exploit the Badger-Two Medicine, a 160,000-acre parcel made up of the U.S. Forest Service and the Blackfeet Nation, bordering Glacier National Park. The Blackfeet Nation has steadfastly insisted that such industrialization cannot be mitigated, and that existing exploration leases […]

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Oct
7

Tribes say Sandpiper threatens treaty rights

Native American groups say that the proposed route of the Sandpiper crude oil pipeline, which crosses grasslands in Minnesota on its way from North Dakota to Wisconsin, violates their treaty rights to fish, hunt and gather crops, in particular, wild rice. The tribes, which include Ojibwe groups, also known as […]

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Sep
26

Healthy Pine River Group Addresses Chippewa River Pollution

In Gratiot County in Michigan, the Healthy Pine River helps find ways to restore the health of the Chippewa river. A Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe environmental team tests Chippewa River water in several places for E. coli weekly.

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Sep
25

Army Corps Permitting for landfill near Pala Indian Reservation

The new owners of a company seeking to build a landfill near the Pala Indian Reservation in North County near San Diego have reapplied for one of several needed permits. The Pala Tribe has led the fight against the dump for decades; they say that there are several sacred sites on Gregory […]

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Aug
17

San Carlos Apache lobbies to protect lands threatened by copper mining

In June, Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz, introduced a bill that would repeal legislation regarding a land-exchange between Resolution Copper and the federal government. In July, Grijalva joined members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe in a 2,000-mile protest journey to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Members of the tribe are […]

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Aug
10

Navajo Nation declares emergency after Colorado mine spill

Tribal officials with the Navajo Nation declared an emergency as a massive plume of contaminated wastewater from an abandoned Colorado mine flowed down the San Juan River on Monday toward Lake Powell in Utah, which supplies much of the water to the Southwest.

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Aug
8

Navajo Tribe shuts off water pumps as polluted river water nears

The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority is shutting off water pumps in anticipation of the polluted river water on its way to Southern Utah. A surge of heavy metals-laced waste from the Gold King mine in Colorado has been snaking its way through the Animas River, a tributary of the San […]

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Aug
6

$4.3 Million Settlement Over Reid-Gardner Coal Plant for Moapa Paiute Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/08/06/43-million-settlement-over-reid-gardner-coal-plant-moapa-paiute-161299

A lawsuit filed two years ago by the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians over contaminants from the coal-fired Reid Gardner Power Generation Station near Las Vegas has been settled for $4.3 million.

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Jun
7

In St. Paul, tar sands pipeline protest draws thousands

Thousands gathered in St. Paul to protest Minnesota’s proposed Sandpiper pipeline. Young and old alike flooded the streets in downtown St. Paul for the Tar Sands Resistance March, which organizing groups hoped would open eyes to the practices of companies who extract and ship crude oil from the northern Alberta […]

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Apr
7

Swinomish tribe sues to block Bakken oil trains

A federal lawsuit filed by the Swinomish Indian tribe seeks to ban BNSF Railway from transporting Bakken crude oil across tribal lands to the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes.

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Jan
20

Fracking protesters urge Gov. Wolf at inauguration

“Ban fracking now” shouted protesters during Gov. Tom Wolf’s oath of office from Soldiers’ Grove, who promised it will be words he will hear throughout the coming year. After a morning rally at Grace Methodist Church on State Street, a group of about 250 from new statewide coalition Pennsylvanians Against […]

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Jan
5

Lummi Nation asks Army Corps to reject Cherry Point coal terminal

Lummi Nation sent a letter on Monday, Jan. 5, to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, asking the agency to immediately reject a permit application for a coal terminal at Cherry Point because it would interfere with tribal fishing grounds.

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Nov
19

New tribal leader seeks partnerships to solve oil issues

With just two weeks in office, newly elected Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox is seeking a partnership with state and federal governments to tackle issues facing the tribe, a strategy, he says, the previous administration was not apt to do. In a meeting with Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Monday, […]

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Aug
15

How one Pacific Northwest tribe is carving out a resistance to coal — and winning

The Lummi Nation, a Native American tribe in the Pacific Northwest, has taken an uncompromising stand against the largest proposed coal export terminal in the country: the Gateway Pacific Terminal. If completed, it would export 48 million tons of coal mined from Montana and Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, and in […]

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Aug
14

Fracking probe finds oil and gas companies illegally injected diesel

Oil and gas companies illegally injected 9,173 gallons of diesel while fracking wells in Colorado, and 32,950 gallons nationwide, according to a report unveiled Wednesday by an attorneys’ environmental group. Fracking with diesel without a permit has been illegal since at least 1997, and industry groups have said companies no […]

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Jun
27

Wisconsin: Tribes ask EPA to intervene in Gogebic iron mine proposal

Six Chippewa Indian bands in Wisconsin have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate the environmental effects of a proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin before the plan is reviewed by the state regulators and another federal agency. The request is similar to one made before a decision […]

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May
24

Senate bill seen as friendly to Navajo mining interests

Navajo officials applauded a Senate committee’s approval this week of an energy bill that includes provisions making it easier for the Navajo Nation to sign leases for mining on its lands. The bill, which covers a wide range of tribal energy-development issues, is an important step toward self-determination for the […]

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Apr
25

Study Maps Groundwater Contamination on the Fort Peck Reservation

The scope of groundwater contamination on the Fort Peck Reservation caused by oil exploration that began in the 1950s has been estimated at 15 to 37 billion gallons spread across 17.9 square miles, according to a recent study.

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Apr
23

ND Tribes Warn of the Environmental Impact of Oil

Leaders of North Dakota’s Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara nations say that while they are thankful for the money that oil has brought the once-impoverished Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, they are concerned about the environmental impact of drilling on their land.

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Apr
22

Cowboy and Indian Alliance Protests Keystone XL

Members of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance, including Native Americans, farmers and ranchers from across the United States, were escorted by police as they marched down Independence Avenue to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in Washington, DC. The march started on April 22, 2014, as part of the alliance’s […]

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Apr
21

Wind River Tribes Plan Ahead For Settlement Checks

In 2012, the tribes who share the Wind River Indian Reservation, the Eastern Shoshone and the Northern Arapaho Tribes, came to a settlement with the federal government for a mineral royalties mismanagement case dating back to the 1970’s.

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Apr
13

Tribe Banks on Syrup for Sweet Relief from Poverty

An American Indian tribe is hoping that sweet success with a maple syrup operation in the woods of Maine will help to counter soaring joblessness and poverty. The Passamaquoddy tribe has big plans for the operation that’s starting up with nearly 3,000 taps. The tribe intends to expand over the […]

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Apr
4

Feds and Navajo Nation Reach Settlement over Uranium Mining Cleanup

The Navajo Nation now has its best chance yet to address what has been a source of heartache for families. The federal government announced Thursday that it reached a $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. for the cleanup of thousands of long-contaminated sites nationwide. About $1 billion will go […]

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Apr
3

Crow Coal

The Crow Tribe is working to expand coal mining and renewable energy projects on its southeastern Montana reservation. This includes a proposed coal-to-liquid plant that also captures carbon. Tribal Chairman Darrin Old Coyote was one of the keynote speakers today at an energy industry-sponsored conference and trade show in Billings. […]

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Mar
11

Penokee Range Mine endangers Bad River watershed

In 2011, Gogebic Taconite, a Florida-based mining company, proposed building the world’s largest open-pit taconite mine in the Penokee Range within the Lake Superior Basin. The site would lie directly within the Bad River watershed, posing a severe risk to the source of drinking water.

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Feb
2

Uranium mill west of Cortez, CO faces possible suit over radon

Grand Canyon Trust has filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue Energy Fuels Resources for violations of the Clean Air Act and illegal tailing storage practices at its White Mesa uranium mill in southeast Utah. “We’ve always had concerns of contamination from the mill onto our land and water sources,” […]

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Dec
26

Quapaw Tribe to oversee Superfund restoration

According to the EPA’s remedial project manager for a mining site southeast of Quapaw, Oklahoma, this is the first cooperative agreement in the nation where a tribe will perform a remedial action on property that they own.

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Nov
5

Violations of Safe Drinking Water Act Settled on Uintah and Ouray Reservation

Newfield Production Company has agreed to pay $600,000 for failing to demonstrate financial responsibility associated with the safe operation of 442 injection wells on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah.

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Jul
22

Alaska Tribes Attempt to Block the Controversial Pebble Mine

A mining company consortium called Pebble Partnership has plans to mine copper in Alaska rivers. Local Tribal salmon communities, fearing the mine will cause water pollution, have asked the EPA to intervene.

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Mar
4

Litigation expected over proposed mining bill

The future of an iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin could be influenced by the Bad River Chippewa, which opposes the project and recently received authority from the federal government to regulate water pollution on and off the reservation.

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