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Va. Uranium Panel Heading To Mining Ground Zero

June 18, 2012 9:35 am | by Steve Szkotak, Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposal to mine one of the world's largest deposits of uranium has ignited a fierce debate over ending a 30-year ban on the radioactive ore.

Indian Businessman Making Hollywood's Weaponry

June 14, 2012 9:19 am | by Nirmala George, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ashok Rai is one of the world's go-to men for historic weaponry, and has a rapidly-expanding business to make chain mail armor and WWII hand grenades.

Explosion At India Steel Plant Kills 11

June 14, 2012 8:39 am | by Omer Farooq, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion in a state-owned steel plant in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has killed at least 11 people, police said.

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Steelworker Gets $25M In NY Racial Lawsuit

June 13, 2012 8:46 am | News | Comments

Jury awarded $25 million in damages to a steel plant employee who says his bosses failed to stop years of racial taunts and insults from his co-workers.

Layoffs Begin At Sparrows Point Steel Mill

June 11, 2012 8:33 am | News | Comments

A union leader says layoffs have begun at Sparrows Point with the steel mill's owner shutting down the blast furnace.

ArcelorMittal Begins Plant Demolitions In W.Va.

June 8, 2012 2:10 pm | News | Comments

Weirton's landscape will undergo a major change as ArcelorMittal demolishes idle facilities in preparation for future sale.

Recycler Admits Failing To Disclose Air Violations

June 8, 2012 9:06 am | News | Comments

Spectro Alloys Corp. faces more than $1 million in fines, civil penalties and required plant upgrades for violating clean air laws and trying to conceal it.

Finding Sources Of Rare Earths Beyond China (Part 2)

June 5, 2012 12:35 pm | by H. Sterling Burnett, Senior Fellow, National Center for Policy Analysis | Articles | Comments

The rare earth deposits in these inaccessible areas should be inventoried and, where potential commercial quantities are found, with appropriate environmental safeguards, opened for bids on leases. Furthermore, the regulatory approval process should be streamlined, simplified and shortened. In Australia and Canada, approval of new mines take two years on average, but in the United States, the same process takes 10 years on average.

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Finding Sources Of Rare Earths Beyond China (Part 1)

June 4, 2012 12:58 pm | by H. Sterling Burnett, Senior Fellow, National Center for Policy Analysis | Blogs | Comments

Key components of most modern electronics and green energy technologies, as well as defense systems, are made from a small number of elements and critical metals called rare earths. Indeed, rare earth elements are the basis for much of modern technology due to a range of relatively unique properties. From lighting to lasers, magnets to X-ray units, glass tints to electronics, these “rare” minerals are ubiquitous in modern technology.

Casting Process Could Transform How Metal Parts Are Made

May 29, 2012 12:40 pm | Articles | Comments

A Georgia Tech research team has developed a novel technology that enables cost-effective manufacturing procedures after a metal part moves to mass production.

China Challenges U.S. Trade Penalties

May 25, 2012 9:10 am | News | Comments

China filed WTO cases challenging U.S. anti-subsidy tariffs on 22 Chinese goods including steel, widening a conflict between the two trading partners.

RG Steel Idling Operations In Md., Ohio, W. Va.

May 24, 2012 12:15 pm | by Alex Dominguez, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Sparrows Point plant, near Baltimore, has about 2,000 employees alone, and employees have been warned of "a lot" of layoffs.

ArcelorMittal's Kazakh Workers Demand Pay Hike

May 21, 2012 8:49 am | News | Comments

Workers at a Kazakhstan plant owned by Luxembourg-based steel giant ArcelorMittal have held a demonstration to demand higher salaries.

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Nucor Buying ArcelorMittal Unit For $605M

May 18, 2012 10:52 am | News | Comments

Nucor plans to buy a steel distribution unit of ArcelorMittal for $605 million, expanding its reach in the North American construction industry.

Alcoa Starts Expansion Of Indiana Facility

May 18, 2012 9:04 am | News | Comments

Company held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the new aluminum lithium operation that is expected to begin production in 2014.

Asteroid Mines: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

May 15, 2012 9:53 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Articles | Comments

While I’m sure science fiction enthusiasms are in their backgrounds, their main motivation is to make more of what they have a lot of already -- money.

Firm Seeks To Operate Rare Earth Mine In NE Wyo.

May 11, 2012 9:40 am | by Laura Hancock, Gillette News Record | News | Comments

Rare Element Resources promises high-wage jobs and economic vitality, but longtime ranchers worry about traffic, water quality and a change of the pace of life.

Glencore Sees 'Healthy' Demand For Raw Materials

May 9, 2012 9:19 am | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

The company is expected to face calls during its first shareholder meeting for more transparency on its deals in resource-rich Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Hopeful Manufacturing News Pushes Up Copper

May 4, 2012 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Copper prices for May delivery climbed 6.5 cents to $3.84 per pound, while gold, silver and palladium all fell.

German Metal Workers Called To Strike Over Pay

May 2, 2012 9:20 am | News | Comments

The IG Metall union says some 800 workers at a Daimler AG auto plant went on strike because they want a 6.5 percent raise.

Walter Energy Creating 530 Jobs In Alabama

May 1, 2012 3:01 pm | by Phillip Rawls, Associated Press | News | Comments

The CEO said the $1.2 billion expansion was influenced by a decision to extend Alabama's tax incentives for new industries.

MSHA Orders End To Use Of Defective Air Packs

April 27, 2012 1:48 pm | by Vicki Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

About 66,000 of the potentially defective air packs, manufactured by CSE Corp., did not recycle oxygen fast enough to help endangered miners.

Manufacturer Going Injury Free Thanks, In Part, To Popsicles

April 25, 2012 12:18 pm | News | Comments

In a job where employees deal with heavy, hot molten iron, there is undoubtedly added dangers, but Bremen Casting is seeing a dramatic decrease in injuries thanks to the added safety measures put into place.

U.S. Steel Industry In Slow Recovery

April 25, 2012 9:07 am | by Sandy Shore, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Steel makers bounced back in the first quarter, but shipments and sales continue to lag pre-recession levels.

Company Unveils Plan To Mine Asteroids For Riches

April 24, 2012 2:19 pm | by Donna Blankinship and Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Two Google executives and filmmaker James Cameron plan on sending space-ready robots to extract gold and platinum from asteroids within 10 years.

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