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SME hosts briefing by Rep. Mike Coffman
SME will host a briefing by Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman (R-6th) on June 12 for Denver-based mining companies. Coffman will communicate his efforts to pass federal legislation directed at promoting critical and strategic mineral exploration and development in the United States. Representative Coffman, a member of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, has introduced a number of bills during this session of Congress to address rare earths and other energy critical minerals, including H.R. 2184, the Rare Earth Policy Task Force and Materials Act, that directs the Secretary of the Interior to develop a plan to ensure the long-term supply of rare earth materials. He also introduced H.R. 1388, the Rare Earths Supply-Chain Technology and Resources Transformation Act of 2011 (RESTART Act), that seeks, among other things, to reestablish a domestic rare-earth-based magnet production industry and supply chain within the Department of Defense. Please contact John Hayden (; 303-948-4250) or Mary O’Shea (; 303-948-4211) for details.

Call for Papers – 2013 RETC
The 2013 Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference (RETC) Organizing Committee has issued a call for papers.

2013 RETC, June 23-26, Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC

Prospective authors should submit an abstract no later than June 30, 2012 to:
Register today for NAT!
The North American Tunneling Conference is just around the corner, so be sure to get your registration in today! The NAT Conference will be held at the JW Marriott Indianapolis from June 24th – 27th. With 116 exhibiting companies in 140 booths, an exciting technical program and several social events, this conference is packed with material you won’t want to miss! The JW Marriott still has limited availability, so be sure to reserve your hotel room today if you haven’t already.

We look forward to seeing you in Indianapolis!

Don’t miss the upcoming summer webinar
“Emerging Workforce Trends,” Cliff Brandon, President, Automated Systems Alliance Inc, Thursday, June 21, 2:00 p.m. MDT
Also, check out our latest online courses at

Exclusive SME offer for Water Management in Mining conference
IQPC North America has developed the 2012 Water Management in Mining conference to provide tools and strategies for ongoing water management excellence. As a member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, you are eligible for an exclusive All Access Pass for conference & workshop attendance. Members directly involved in the mining sector qualify for attendance for just $1,199 (saving you $800), while service providers & consultants save $600 – All Access passes available for $1,699. An All Access pass spans three days and includes intensive and technical workshops, interactive panel discussions and practical case studies. Don't delay – register immediately to benefit from this limited offer. This offer is only available to SME members and is available by calling 1-800-882-8684 or emailing Please quote Promo Code: WMMSME in all correspondence to guarantee the discount.

When: July 23-25, 2012
Where: Denver, CO, venue TBD
More information:

Emerging Leaders Alliance Cross Disciplinary Leadership Training
The Emerging Leader Alliance is a partnership between leading engineering and scientific organizations that provides high-quality leadership training. Its 2012 annual leadership training conference will be held September 11-13 at the Sheraton Hotel in Reston, VA. Registration for the training is covered by SME for seven attendees. For more information on ELA Training, please follow the link. If you are interested in attending, please contact Mona Vandervoort at

Who should attend: SME members between the ages of 25-40
When: September 11-13, 2012
Where: Sheraton Hotel, Reston, VA

SME Members are among the most educated, tenured and successful professionals in the minerals industry. As a member of SME, you have access to more than 14,000 top professionals in 85 countries, a network that can help your career skyrocket. Meet this week’s featured member:
Dr. Anne M. Wagner
Environmental Scientist
Chevron Energy Technology Company
San Ramon, CA

I was invited to give a presentation at an annual conference, and as part of that a free membership for one year was provided. Between colleagues I knew in SME and their commitment to the organization, the quality of the conference and the membership benefits it became obvious that being a member of SME was valuable. The annual conferences are of high quality with useful information covering a broad range of technical issues and they are in accessible locations; the networking opportunities at the conferences are useful. SME has helped by keeping me up-to-date on emerging trends and issues in the environmental arena; it has also provided useful information on the mining industry and trends in the industry. The networking connections made through SME are useful in finding expertise and getting relevant information quickly.
Discover what SME can do for you. Join today!

Prepare your nomination today!
Time is running out: SME needs your support in selecting the future leadership of our Society. Please nominate and/or recommend members (including yourself) to serve the Society in one of the following roles: SME President (2015), Board Members-at-large (two will be selected) and members for all SME Strategic Committees. For guidelines and information on the nominating process, click here: Call for Nominations (PDF).

Deadline: July 31, 2012
Thanks to MineSight Inc.!
The SME Foundation would like to thank MineSight Inc. for their generous gift of $5,000 to the MEC program. MineSight Inc. (Mintec) continues to be a dedicated supporter of the Minerals Educational Coalition programs within the SME Foundation. This gift will be used to develop new materials and be part of the outreach the MEC does within classrooms for teachers.

Call for presentations – UMI 2012
UMI 2012: Marine Minerals: Finding the Right Balance of Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection, October 15-20, 2012, Tonji University, Shanghai, China
The Underwater Mining Institute is seeking presentations focused on environmental baseline and monitoring technologies and results, benefit/cost evaluations of seabed versus land-based mining for specific commodities, strategies and methodologies for achieving sustainable seabed mining projects and others of relevant and timely interest to seabed minerals. Prospective authors can submit an abstract to: UMI Authors Information page.
Call for papers - Environmental Considerations in Energy Production
The organizing committee has issued a call for papers. This conference is aimed at bringing together interested parties from around the world to exchange ideas on energy production, including mining, oil and gas production and electrical power generation, and the impacts on the environment and society.

When: April 14-18, 2013, Charleston, WV
For complete details, see: Environmental Considerations in Energy Production.

View 2012 SME Annual Meeting sessions online
If you missed the Annual meeting in Seattle, you can still take in the Keynote and 10 other sessions at: SME Annual Meeting Sessions.
Mine the archives
Don’t forget to check out SME’s newest member benefit: free access to the complete online archives of Mining Engineering.

Safety Management & System Reliability
SME and CIM are pleased to announce the second in a series of reliability and safety conferences.

November 13-15, 2012, Minneapolis, Marriott City Center, Minneapolis, MN

This conference is intended to provide attendees with the unique opportunity to learn and discuss best practices pertaining to topics related to safety and health management, loss control and system reliability. For more information, see: Safety Management & System Reliability
M&MP is hitting the road!
If you’re attending IPMI in Las Vegas, June 9-12, or PowderMet 2012 in Nashville, June 10-13, be sure to pick up your free copy of Minerals & Metallurgical Processing. At IPMI, look in the registration room. At PowderMet it’ll be in the lounge at the Exhibitor Hall.

Get caught looking...
The SME summer webinar series is well underway. Webinars are an effective way to join others in the industry without the expense and inconvenience of travel. The summer program features five hour-long webinars. Each program is $45 for a member and $90 for a nonmember. Registration is now open!

Thursday, June 21, 2:00 p.m. MDT
“Emerging Workforce Trends,” Cliff Brandon, President, Automated Systems Alliance Inc
To understand if and how mining labor demands will be met over the next 20 years, this webinar considers some of the factors that are currently driving the mining business in the U.S. as well as issues that are anticipated to drive the business in the near future. We will then consider the information sources for mine labor and how the workforce is divided up between the mining sectors. Compensation, workforce age, retirement rate, skill level, retention, education and long-term safety and health issues will also be evaluated.
Mining will be one of a handful of sectors that will add jobs at a fairly constant rate (11,000 to 13,000 per year) over the next 20 years. Job openings will largely be driven by retirement of the current workforce and projected increase in demand for resource production. Historically, these have tended to be well-paying, stable, and relatively long-term jobs. On the downside, the U.S. may not presently have the skilled labor base to meet the current resource demand and the skilled labor that does exist may well be lured to places promising higher wages (Australia, Canada, etc.). This does not mean people will not be found to fill U.S. mining positions. The question will be: How skilled will this new, young workforce be and from where will they come?

“Coal Mining and Science: New Opportunities,” John Craynon, ARIES Project Director, Virginia Tech

Tuesday, August 7, 8:00 a.m. MDT
“The Road to Zero Harm,” Gary Goldberg, Executive Vice President and COO, Newmont Mining Corp.

Two new courses now available!
SME offers 34 online courses total....Professional Development 24/7. We are pleased to introduce:

Fundamentals of the Dragline
This self-paced, video hybrid course provides a detailed look at efficient planning and operation of draglines, which is a critical aspect to the majority of surface coal mines throughout the world. Additionally, very few university programs offer in-depth studies of draglines and aftermarket training is primarily available through infrequently scheduled seminars. As a result, most training is received on the job and this course provides an excellent primer on the subject.

Mining Terminology and Methods
This self-paced, video hybrid course explains a wide variety of common mining terms, surface and underground mining methods, and the pros and cons of each. Additionally, this course identifies the different types of mineral commodities, drilling and blasting concepts and sources for additional information.

SME will be adding 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:


NIOSH offers training and report on diesel aerosol controls in
underground mines
Diesel-powered equipment is a major contributor to elevated concentrations of submicron aerosols and hazardous gases in underground metal and nonmetal mines. The extensive use of this equipment in mines, as well as the technical complexities and constraints involved in measurement and control, make the task of exposure prevention very challenging. In order to assist underground mines in their efforts to control exposure to diesel aerosols and gases, the University of Utah and NIOSH’s Office of Mine Safety and Health Research are offering the short course “Diesel Emissions Control” on June 17, at the 14th U.S./North American Mine Ventilation Symposium, in Salt Lake City, UT. The short course will cover material developed from the new NIOSH publication Diesel Aerosols and Gases in Underground Mines: Guide to Exposure Assessment and Control (PDF).

NIOSH-developed bit isolator reduces drilling noise in underground coal mines
Among all industrial sectors, mining has the highest prevalence of hazardous workplace noise exposures, with mine workers suffering from high rates of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). In fact, NIOSH studies indicate that 80% of coal miners have NIHL significant enough to be classified as a hearing impairment by age 65. A particular concern is for roof bolting machine operators, because of their frequent and direct exposure to noise generated by the drill steel. By addressing noise from roof bolting machines through engineering controls, sound levels can be reduced, not just for the machine operator, but for all mine workers in the vicinity. To achieve this goal, researchers from NIOSH’s OMSHR have collaborated with Corry Rubber Corporation and Kennametal Inc. to develop and test a drill bit isolator to reduce noise radiated by the drill steel when using 1-3/8”-diameter drill bits. Results (PDF) from both field and lab testing show that the drill bit isolator significantly reduces noise generated by the roof bolting machine without increasing the roof bolting cycle time.

Washington Updates

Government scientists question uranium withdrawal in northern Arizona
Internal emails (PDF) obtained by the House Natural Resources Committee raise significant questions about the science used by the Administration to justify a 20-year ban on uranium development on one million acres of federal land in Arizona. In January 2012, the Department of the Interior announced a 20-year ban on uranium development on one million acres of land in northern Arizona – one of the most uranium-rich areas in the United States. In the emails, scientists within the National Park Service discuss how the potential environmental impacts were “grossly overestimated” in the Administration’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and that the potential impacts are “very minor to negligible.” Another employee with the National Park Service wrote that this is a case “where the hard science doesn’t strongly support a policy position.”

“These emails raise serious concerns about whether the Obama Administration’s decision to block uranium production in Arizona was based on politics rather than sound science,” said House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA).

In response to the emails, Hastings and Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) sent a letter (PDF) to DOI Secretary Ken Salazar asking for documents, including emails, notes, briefing papers and memoranda, concerning the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, the Final Environmental Impact Statement and the Record of Decision in support of the Northern Arizona Proposed Withdrawal.

House government Reform Chair asks businesses for list of regulations holding them back
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Daniel Issa (R-CA) has issued a call for information regarding existing or proposed federal regulations that "negatively impact jobs and the economy." Over the past year and a half, the committee has held a series of hearings on burdensome regulations and has issued two staff reports – Assessing Regulatory Impediments to Job Creation (PDF) and Broken Government: How the Administrative State has Broken President Obama’s Promise of Regulatory Reform (PDF). According to Issa, while some regulatory relief has occurred, the economy is continuing to struggle and businesses are hesitant to hire. Further, Issa says that the "regulatory tsunami" does not seem to be slowing down. Issa has asked for input from business leaders on regulations that continue to negatively impact their ability to do their job and to create job growth. Log on to to provide your input on what is holding back your business.

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