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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017

New phosphate mine approved in southeastern Idaho 

Two federal agencies have approved a 2.4-mile-long open pit phosphate mine proposed by a Canadian company in southeastern Idaho. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service late last week issued separate records of decisions approving the plan by Calgary-based Agrium. The BLM manages the area...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5, 2016

Feds weigh mineral mining ban on 10M acres to protect sage grouse

The federal government is using a new assessment of mineral resources on 10 million acres in six Western states to decide whether to ban potential mining on the land to protect an imperiled bird. Scientists completed the 800-page review that looked at areas with high numbers of sage grouse and high-quality habitat for the bird. The review...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3, 2016

TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2016

Rare plant halts exploratory mine drilling in central Idaho

A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Forest Service didn't properly consider how exploratory drilling for a potential open-pit molybdenum mine could harm a rare plant found in central Idaho mountains. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge in his ruling Monday halting the drilling directed the federal agency to re-evaluate...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013

Suction dredge mining rejected on Clearwater's North Fork

A federal administrative law judge has rejected plans for suction dredge mining along a prized cutthroat trout stream in northern Idaho, the Lewiston Tribune reports. Judge Robert Holt, with the U.S. Department of Interior, concluded that recreation opportunities like fishing and camping and the archaeological...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013

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