Energy & Industry

There’s no easy fix for our nuclear past
There’s no easy fix for our nuclear past
At Washington’s Hanford nuclear site, failing infrastructure and make-do plans as the West prepares for a new round of radioactivity.
Trump’s policies aren’t actually fueling a fracking boom
Trump’s policies aren’t actually fueling a fracking boom
Current drilling remains a shadow of the frenzy that occurred under Obama.
Is nuclear energy the key to saving the planet?
Is nuclear energy the key to saving the planet?
A new generation of environmentalists is learning to stop worrying and love atomic power.
Turmoil on the range
Bruce Babbitt endorses a consensus grazing reform proposal developed in Colorado.
Nevada mine wants to grow
The Independence Mining Co. says the 1872 Mining Law entitles it to double the size of its gold mine north of Elko.
Little support for public-land ranchers
A public opinion poll shows widespread disapproval of current range policies.
Methane creates an explosive situation in Colorado
Residents of methane-polluted residential areas blame the problem on natural gas companies.
Mid-Continent mine dispute continues
The federal Office of Surface Mining says Colorado underestimated the cost and extent of reclaiming the Mid-Continent mine site near Redstone, Colo.
Wyoming beats around the bush
A Wyoming law relaxing mined land reclamation standards could cost the state federal funding and regulatory authority.
Mining reform moves closer
The House of Represenatives passes a bill to reform the 1872 Mining Law.
Jobs flow to WIPP
The Department of Energy announces it will add 68 jobs to the $8 billion Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico.
Congress halts MRS grants
Department of Energy limits MRS grants to counties or Indian tribes which agree to accept high-level nuclear waste.
Groups say rich ranchers get free ride
Environmental groups charge that BLM land is overgrazed by cattle owned by Hewlett-Packard electronics moguls.
All about pesticides
The Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticide Reform publishes the "Journal of Pesticide Reform'.
A silver lining
University of Montana economist Thomas Michael Power says the mining reform bill proposed by Rep. Nick Rahall will help the West economically.
Begging for windmills
Public Service Company of Colorado is asking its customers to pay an additional fee to research renewable energy sources.
Utah fights Umetco
Utahns urge Colorado Gov. Romer not to allow Umetco to dump radioactive waste at Uravan, Colo.
Wyoming ranch changes hands
Ownership of the Red Canyon Ranch in Wyoming will be transferred to The Nature Conservancy.
Epidemic isn't over
Hantavirus is still a potent epidemic in many western states.
The Mormon heritage is not what you think
Terry Tempest Williams and Thomas J. Lyon remind Sens. Orin Hatch and Robert Bennett that their Mormon ancestors would advocate grazing reform.
Golden opportunity splits rural town
The possible construction of the Crown Jewel mine divides a community in Okanogan County, Wash.
Babbitt seeks local approach to grazing reform
A group of Colorado ranchers and environmentalists tell Bruce Babbitt they can solve grazing reform gridlock.
Seeking Treasure in Butte's trash
Metanetix, Mycotech and other companies see opportunity in cleaning up Butte's Superfund site.
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