When Alaska’s opal mine goes to court

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The Alaska Mining Exchange (AMEX) has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that the federal government failed to comply with a legal order to turn over control of its mineral assets.

The AMEX says the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) overstepped its authority by not requiring the exchange to transfer ownership of some of its minerals to it or another entity.

It also says the MSHA violated the federal Mining Law by not complying with a September 20, 2016, order by the U.S. Department of Interior to provide an annual report detailing the mining operations of AMEX, the nation’s largest mining company.

“The MSHA, acting through its Office of Inspector General (OIG), has failed to adequately investigate the AMEX’s mining operations, failed to protect AMEX employees, and failed to properly report AMEX-related mining-related activity to the Federal Mining Safety and Permit Review Board (FMSRB),” the suit states.

The MSHAs response to the lawsuit, which was filed Monday in U..

S., was not immediately available.

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