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Crow Tribe, Cloud Peak reach deal on development of Montana coal
The Crow Legislature on Tuesday voted 13-1 to approve a deal with Cloud Peak Energy to develop the estimated 1.2 billion tons of coal on the tribe's Montana reservation.
Billings Gazette; Jan. 16
Salazar to leave Interior post in March
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said he wants to spend more time with his family, and has told President Barack Obama that he will end his tenure as Interior secretary by the end of March.
Denver Post; Jan. 16
U.S. senator to again try to update General Mining Law of 1872
New Mexico U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, whose father, Stewart Udall, tried to update the General Mining Law of 1872 when he was Interior Secretary in the 1960s, said he will work with Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, to try to find agreement on changes to the mining law.
Bloomberg.com; Jan. 16
Wolf numbers in Yellowstone Park down 25 percent
Natural deaths, conflicts with humans and hunting have reduced the number of wolves in Yellowstone National Park to somewhere between 71 and 78, down from 98 reported last year at this time, but still well within recovery goals.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; Jan. 16
Report: Soot pollution does more damage than previously thought
A new study published online by The Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres said the tiny black particles released into the atmosphere by burning fuels are more of a driver of climate change than previously thought.
New York Times; Jan. 16
Russian company makes bid to wholly own uranium assets in Wyoming
The Russian company that owns a controlling interest in Toronto-based Uranium One, which has uranium projects in Wyoming, is completing a deal to buy the remaining interest in Uranium One, but JSC Atomredmetzoloto, or ARMZ, took steps to assure Wyoming's federal lawmakers that no uranium produced in Wyoming will be exported to Russia.
Casper Star-Tribune; Jan. 16
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