Champion Buying Cliffs’ Bloom Lake Iron Ore Mine

Champion Iron has agreed to purchase the Bloom Lake open-pit iron ore mine, related rail assets, and the Quinto mineral claims in Québec from affiliates of Cliffs Natural Resources. The assets are currently subject to restructuring proceedings.

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Donlin Project Reaches Permitting Milestone

Barrick Gold and NovaGold Resources reported in late November that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) published its Donlin Gold Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Donlin gold project in southwest Alaska. The Corps will hold public meetings on the DEIS and accept written comments until the end of April, with publication of a final EIS expected in 2017.

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Government Agencies Complete Final EIS for NorthMet Project

PolyMet Mining reported in early November that the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for its NorthMet polymetallic mining project in northeast Minnesota has been completed and posted on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website. The EIS process was led by the DNR, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was actively involved as a cooperating federal agency. Three Minnesota Chippewa bands also participated as cooperating entities.

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EPA and Asarco Agree on Hayden Pollution Controls

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Asarco announced an agreement in early November requiring the company to spend $150 million to install new equipment and pollution control technology to reduce emissions of sulphur dioxide (SO2) and toxic heavy metals at the company’s copper smelter in Hayden, Arizona. The company will also fund local environmental projects valued at $8 million, replace a diesel locomotive with a cleaner model for $1 million, and pay a $4.5 million civil penalty.

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