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SME seeks help to create bibliography of info on mined materials to meet U.S. energy needs
SME needs member help to create a comprehensive annotated bibliography of published peer-reviewed information on minerals and metals availability, in order to meet current and future U.S. energy needs.

SME's focus regarding energy policy is to effectively communicate the facts around the supply of minerals and materials to support current and future energy production requirements. It is important that SME maintain a nonpartisan view and communicate clearly and accurately the facts about minerals and materials supply to support all forms of energy production of importance to society.

To that end, a task force within SME's Government Relations and Public Affairs Committee (GPAC) has been formed to help better define the scope of work. Beyond the development of a bibliography, the GPAC task force will also develop a technical briefing paper, "Meeting the U.S. minerals and metals needs for energy production," and create a framework for more detailed technical briefing papers on specific materials and sources in energy production (e.g., oil shale, renewable energy, fracking, etc.).

To contribute to the bibliography of published data on minerals and metals to meet U.S. energy needs, contact John Hayden at: hayden@smenet.org.
Mii awarded grant
The El Pomar Foundation of Colorado Springs has provided Mii with a $10,000 grant for educational materials. Many thanks to the El Pomar Foundation for their generous support!




Call now to sponsor a table at the Annual SME Foundation Dinner
Join the SME Foundation for their annual dinner on February 19, 2012 at the SME Annual Meeting. The theme is casino night and activities include blackjack, poker and a live band. Call the SME Foundation today (Nancy at 303-948-4224) to make advance ticket reservations or to sponsor a table, or click here.

Attention SME Student Members! Apply NOW for SME Scholarships!
SME's scholarship application season is underway! No matter what your major or interest area, we have a scholarship for you. This week we are launching three new scholarships: Stewart R. Wallace Memorial Scholarship (graduate scholarship for geology/geological science students); Henry DeWitt Smith Scholarship (graduate scholarship for mining engineering students); John Sidney Marshall Memorial Scholarship (undergraduate scholarship for mining engineering students focusing on coal mining).

We are also pleased to announce a new scholarship through our Environmental Division. Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies North America is sponsoring a $2,000 scholarship for students with an interest in water-related matters within the mining industry.

More information on ALL of SME's scholarships is available online: www.smenet.org/scholarships/. Questions may be referred to Tessa Baxter: baxter@smenet.org or 303-948-4208. Unless otherwise specified, the application deadline for SME scholarships is October 25. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Watch your mail for 2012 SME dues bill and pay online!
Dues bills for SME were mailed and posted online in late August! Make certain you maintain access to all the valuable resources you are entitled to, including:
  • OneMine.org
  • Mining Engineering magazine
  • eBooks
  • Discount on all publications
  • Discount on all meetings and conferences
  • Online directory
  • And much more...
SME values its members and we look forward to your continued membership. Pay online and save time and money!

Register now for the 2011 Annual Meeting of the SME Arizona Conference
2011 Annual Meeting of the SME Arizona Conference
NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR: JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort
Tucson, Arizona
December 4-5, 2011
Have you seen this best-seller? Mineral Exploration and Mining Essentials
Mineral Exploration and Mining Essentials will help you make informed investment decisions and evaluate mineral-development proposals. This richly illustrated book provides a thorough overview of the industry from exploration to mine closure in straightforward language and informative illustrations. To purchase this book and to browse other books for sale, visit our online bookstore.

Come join the conversation on the SME Community!
You asked. We delivered. The SME Community allows members to easily interact and communicate online, empowering groups such as committees & sections to work effectively. Groups may also form around topical areas and shared interests, spawning knowledge communities. Social tools such as commenting capabilities and ranking stats will ensure quick and easy access to the most relevant/popular information. Your online association community will continue to grow every day, with new groups forming week in and week out. Access the libraries, communities, members and discussions that interest you most - quickly and easily. http://community.smenet.org/
Minerals & Metallurgical Processing - subscribe now and get five issues for the price of 4!
Mineral processors and metallurgists: Have you been waiting for the perfect time to invest in a subscription to SME's only fully-peer-reviewed journal, Minerals & Metallurgical Processing? Wait no more: subscribe between now and December 31, 2011, and receive five issues for a single price, as well as full access to M&MP's online archives.

Don't wait! 2012 has the much-anticipated Industrial Minerals special issue, as well as the first-ever MPD SME Annual Meeting student poster session supplement.

SME Mexico Section reception in Acapulco
The SME Mexico section and SME International Division cordially invite all conference participants and guests to a reception on Friday, October 28th at the Fairmont Acapulco Princess Costera de las Palmas, Colonia Granjas del Marqués:
Fairmont Acapulco Princess
Friday, October 28th
19:00 to 21:00.
Walk up registration for the Inaugural Symposium on Safety and Reliability in the Mining and Resources Industries is still open
The Inaugural Symposium on Safety and Reliability in the Mining and Extractive Resource Industry is a collaborative initiative between the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME). Click here for more details...
October 11-13, 2011
Westin Hotel
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

International symposium on mining investment in Afghanistan
SME was asked by the U.S. State Department to help promote the European Association of Mining Industries, Metal Ores & Industrial Minerals' October 26 international mining investors forum (pdf) in Brussels, "Investment Opportunities and Conditions - The Economic Future of Afghanistan." According to the USGS, Afghanistan is a country rich in minerals with tremendous potential for the extractive industry, estimated at $3 trillion. Substantial efforts are under way by the EU and its Member States, the U.S., the World Bank, and other partners to support the Afghan government in its efforts to stabilize the country and reform its legal and fiscal framework. These efforts will make Afghanistan more attractive for foreign investment, particularly in the mining sector and supporting areas.

This Symposium will be an opportunity for the international mining industry to assess the economic potential and help formulate the requirements of the extractive industry for investment in Afghanistan. Participants will be able to exchange views with the Afghan Minister of Mines, Minister of Finance and Minister of Economy. Leading experts from the mining sector and business leaders will share their experiences of doing business in Afghanistan.

The symposium will take stock of the latest developments, including large-scale infrastructure projects, and begin a dialogue with the Afghan government to help develop the right framework conditions for investments from the international mining industry and beyond. Development of the mining sector can contribute to the long-term economic development in Afghanistan and the region, creating jobs and stimulating growth in related sectors. Developed jointly by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Afghan Geological Survey, and the Department of Defense, the results of an Afghan Mineral Study were released in September.

SME eBooks
SME eBooks are available in Adobe Digital Editions format. This format can be read on Windows and Mac computers using the free Adobe Digital Editions software, and can be read on many mobile devices with appropriate software, including iPad, iPod, Nook, Sony Reader and Android devices.
Data Metallogenica,
SME's latest member service
Data Metallogenica is an online reference, training and educational resource and data repository, with more than 40,000 image and text files. SME has become a sponsoring organization of the service, so its members can now purchase a subscription to Data Metallogenica for $100, half of the normal subscription.

UCA call for nominations
The Underground Construction Association of SME (UCA of SME) is one of SME's most exciting divisions. Here are a few ways to get involved:

Last chance to submit your photo!
The UCA of SME is putting together its 18 month calendar (July 2012 - December 2013). To submit your photo, please send a high-resolution file and brief description to Mary Oshea at oshea@smenet.org by Friday October 7th, 2011. The committee will review all of the submitted photos and make a final selection by October 31st.

For information about calendar sponsorship opportunities, please contact Liz Jones at jones@smenet.org or 303-948-4216.

Executive Committee nominations
The UCA Division is seeking recommendations for individuals to serve on the UCA Executive Committee beginning in 2012. The members of the executive committee are made up of three officers (chair, vice-chair and past chair) and four directors from each of the following areas: engineers, contractors, owners and suppliers. Ideally the UCA Executive Committee seeks a balanced representation from the four categories, but the committee does have the option to have more members serving in one or more categories while fewer representatives serve other areas.
  1. Please identify which of the four areas the individual(s) would represent (engineer, contractor, owner or supplier).
  2. Include a brief bio or resume outlining the person's industry experience and service to UCA and other professional organizations.
  3. The individual must be a member of the UCA of SME.
If you would like to nominate someone for consideration, please forward your recommendation to Mary O'Shea (oshea@smenet.org) at SME Headquarters by November 1.

Seeking nominations for the UCA awards
Guidelines and nomination forms are available on the UCA of SME website (uca.smenet.org). Please submit your nominations by January 3, 2012 to Mary O'Shea at oshea@smenet.org.

Check out SME's new elearning program
SME adds new courses on a regular basis so be certain to check the website regularly to see what's new. As always we are very happy to offer our members a discount. If you are not a member, please enjoy these courses at reasonable nonmember rates or join SME and take advantage of the numerous benefits and discounts we offer.

For a complete catalog see: www.smenet.org/elearning/
SME registered members exceed 500
Instituted in 2006, the SME Registered Member category has the following admission conditions: members are geologists, engineers and geoscientists admitted primarily on the basis of academic qualifications and experience; members agree to observe and be bound by a code of ethics; and SME has disciplinary powers to suspend and expel Members.

As of September 4, 2011 SME had 526 registered members. A complete directory of SME Registered Members can be found on the SME homepage at www.smenet.org. For information on SME Registered Members see www.smenet.org/RegisteredMember/

Washington updates
House bill expands offshore exploration; revenues go to highway trust fund
Representative Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) recently introduced H.R. 2983, the Rebuilding American Roads Act, which would amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct offshore oil and gas leasing and to deposit revenues from those activities into the Inland Waterways Trust Fund and the Highway Trust Fund. Of the amounts received by the U.S. as bonus bids, royalties, rentals, and other sums collected under any new qualified lease on submerged lands made available for leasing under this Act, four percent would be available to the Secretary of the Interior for coordination of cleanup and inspection of tracts leased under this Act; $500,000,000 shall be deposited each fiscal year into the Inland Waterways Trust Fund for maintenance and construction along the inland waterway system; and the remainder shall be deposited into the Highway Trust Fund and used for maintenance and construction of highways, bridges, and tunnels. The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, representing the aggregates mining industry, said they are pleased to see bold, new ideas in the face of the U.S.'s woefully underfunded and crumbling transportation infrastructure. According to Capito, a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, H.R.2983 would yield an estimated $435.5 billion over a 30-year period.

Field hearing held on impacts of stream buffer rule on coal mining
On September 26, the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight field hearing in Charleston, WV on "Jobs at Risk: Community Impacts of the Obama Administration's Effort to Rewrite the Stream Buffer Zone Rule." This hearing was part of the Natural Resources Committee's investigation into the Obama Administration's Office of Surface Mining's rewrite of the revised Stream Buffer Zone Rule issued in December of 2008. The new rule would make significant changes to the U.S.' s coal mining regulatory program established by the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act. According to the Subcommittee, while the coal mining industry is one of the few sectors of the economy to add jobs over the past few years, the Obama Administration's proposed "Stream Buffer Zone" rule and other burdensome regulations threaten the jobs of thousands of hardworking coalminers and tens of thousands of jobs associated with the industry. A recent Congressional Research Service report found that the U.S. has the world's largest coal supply with 261 billion short tons - 88 billion short tons more than Russia, with the second largest reserve.

House passes bill to analyze EPA's regulatory authority
On September 23, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2401, the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011 (TRAIN Act). The bipartisan legislation would require the President to establish a Committee for the cumulative analysis of EPA regulations that impact energy and manufacturing industries in the U.S., and to analyze and report upon the cumulative and incremental impacts of covered rules and actions of the EPA regarding air quality, solid waste and climate change. The analysis is to include: (1) estimates of the impacts of such rules and actions on the global economic competitiveness of the United States, electricity prices, fuel prices, employment, and the reliability and adequacy of bulk power supply in the United States; and (2) a discussion and an assessment of the cumulative impact on consumers, small businesses, regional economies, state, local, and tribal governments, local and industry-specific labor markets, and agriculture. An appointed committee will review the cumulative impact of covered rules that are promulgated as final regulations on or before January 1, 2012.

EPA issues updated online enforcement mapping tool
On October 3, the U.S EPA announced the release of a new mapping feature in EPA's Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) database. As part of EPA's ongoing effort to improve transparency, the EPA and State Enforcement Actions Map will allow the public to access federal and state enforcement information in an interactive format and to compare enforcement action information by state. The map will be refreshed monthly to include up to date information about the enforcement actions taken to address violations of air, water and waste laws.

Map users can choose the year, the media (air, water, waste, multiple), and whether they would like to display enforcement information for actions taken at the federal level, state level, or both. Users can then click on a state to view facility locations and click on a facility to list its name, the environmental statute the facility has an enforcement action under, and a link to a detailed facility compliance report. Locate your own facility and see what data EPA has published on your compliance history.

ECHO provides integrated searches of EPA and state data about inspections, violations and enforcement actions for more than 800,000 regulated facilities. To search Enforcement and Compliance History Online, go to http://www.epa-echo.gov.


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