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Global carbon pollution rises after 3 straight flat years

Global carbon pollution rose this year after three straight years when levels of the heat-trapping gas didn’t go up at all, scientists reported Monday. Preliminary figures project that worldwide carbon dioxide emissions are up about 2 percent this year, according to an international team of scientists. Most of the increase came […]

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Puyallup tribe asks court to halt permits for Tacoma gas plant

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians wants permits issued for a liquified natural gas plant on the Tacoma Tideflats to be yanked, saying the environmental plan for the $275 million facility on the Hylebos Waterway is deficient. The tribe is worried that contaminated soils will be exposed by a proposed barge […]

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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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$3.5M grant for UNM to study contamination from Colorado mine

The problem of heavy-metal waste leaking from an estimated 161,000 abandoned mines in 13 Western states is a chronic problem that Native American tribes have dealt with for decades. University of New Mexico researchers have received a $3.5 million federal grant to study the health and environmental consequences of such waste […]

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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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Tribal centers host mercury collection buckets

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is partnering with two other organizations to help rid the region of excess mercury.

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$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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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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Quapaw Tribe Environmental Cleanup Project

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma has just been green-lighted for a nearly $2 million environmental cleanup project. Approximately 80,000 tons of hazardous material off Highway 69, just northeast of Quapaw, will be removed. “There’s been a lot of economic value taken out of this area from tribal members. To clean […]

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NV Energy pulls plug on three of Reid Gardner plant’s four coal-fired generators

The Reid Gardner Power Plant has closed three of its four coal-generated units, a symbolic victory for Nevada’s environmental advocates and the Moapa Band of Paiutes. NV Energy, the plant’s operator, says it retired the three 100-megawatt generators on Dec. 20.

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