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Stop by and say hello at MINExpo
We invite all members to stop by and see the SME Membership Booth in the Grand Lobby. This is the first year SME has this prime location and such a large booth at MINExpo. Many of our new programs and services will be highlighted. SME books will be available at the MINExpo store, which will be located right next to the membership booth. We are excited to be able to showcase more than 1,000 books at this venue. Say hello to SME staff, take a look at our new books and network with fellow SME members. See you there!

Connect to Minexpo with Mining Engineering online
Be sure to connect with one of these Mining Engineering QR code postcards at MINExpo – your guide to the latest coverage of MINExpo at Mining Engineering Online.

Watch your mail for 2013 SME dues bill and pay online!
Dues bills for SME were mailed two weeks ago! Maintain access to everything your SME membership confers, including:
  • 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!

Mark your calendar for the SME Fall Webinar series
Mark Savit, attorney, Patton Boggs LLP
Topic: legislation and regulatory matters
Wednesday, October 9, 2012, 2:00 p.m. MDT

Robert McIvor, Chief metallurgist - Grinding Systems, Metcom Technologies Inc.
"Plant performance improvements through increased grinding circuit classification system efficiency”
Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 9:00 a.m. MDT

It’s NOT too Late to......Get Caught Looking............................
SME has concluded its SME summer webinar series. However, it’s not too late to view these programs. The complete library of the summer webinar series is available via video download.

For complete details, go to:

It’s Scholarship Season at SME - Pay a visit to the ReviewRoom
SME is pleased to offer two new scholarships – the Stewart R. Wallace Memorial Scholarship and the J.H. Fletcher & Company Underground Mining Scholarship. More information on each of these and all available SME scholarships may be found online at

SME is now using ReviewRoom for the administration of our scholarship application and review processes. ReviewRoom replaces the online scholarship process that was previously housed on SME’s website. Click HERE for more information about ReviewRoom and how to get started.
Register now for the 2012 Safety Management and System Reliability Conference!
SME and CIM are pleased to collaborate on the second in a series of Reliability and Safety Conferences: Safety Management & System Reliability.
November 13-15, 2012, Marriott City Center, Minneapolis, MN
Registration and complete program details now available!
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.

Be sure to register by October 29 to qualify for early bird rates! For more information, see: 2012 Safety Management and System Reliability Conference.

Henry Krumb lectures are a
great SME resource
Through the Henry Krumb Lecture Series, SME brings outstanding speakers to you to enhance your group’s appreciation and understanding of important new methods and technologies. Find out more about the lecturers, topics and how you can have a Krumb lecturer present to your group: Henry Krumb Lecture Series.
New from the SME Bookshelf
Investing in Resources by Adrian Day There's never been a better time to invest in the resources market. And there's never been a better book than Investing in Resources: How to Profit from the Outsized Potential and Avoid the Risks to help you grasp the risk and reap the benefits of this incredible investment opportunity.
Members Pay only $40 - Contact or call Carol Kiser 303-948-4225 to order.

Last chance to score a cheap M&MP student subscription
Subscribe to Minerals & Metallurgical Processing, SME’s premier international peer-reviewed journal, by September 30, 2012, and receive a full year’s online subscription for only $10. Complete access to online archives is included. Must provide student member number.

Get involved with online mentoring, SME’s newest professional development tool
The SME online mentoring program (PDF) is a new member benefit and 100% free to all members. This is a wonderful way to engage with the future generation of mining and minerals professionals. The industry will experience a significant loss of professionals to retirement in the next 5-10 years, and mining schools already suffer from low numbers of instructors and professors. The SME online mentoring program is an inexpensive, easy and effective way to guide and assist young professionals. Additionally, for those new to the industry, students and professionals at the beginning of their career, this is an excellent way to get a step ahead. Even seasoned professionals can benefit from a mentor. Sign up now to be a mentor or a mentee - or both! For more information, click here or contact Mona Vandervoort at or 303.948.4227. More information on SME mentoring in general can be found here.

2012 Annual Meeting of the
SME Arizona Conference
December 2-3, 2012    
JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort,
Tucson, AZ
Conference details.
Current Trends in Mining finance
April 29-30, 2013
City University of New York, Graduate Center
New York, NY


SME offers 34 online courses total
Professional Development 24/7.

For a complete catalog, see eLearning is the inexpensive and convenient way to keep up professionally and meet continuing education and professional development requirements.
2013 SME Annual Meeting & Exhibit and CMA 115th National Western Mining Conference
February 24-27, 2013, Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO

Complete meeting details, including registration, housing, program, short courses, field trips and more coming soon.

UCA call for nominations
The UCA Division is seeking recommendations and nominations for interested individuals to serve on the 2013 UCA Executive Committee. Currently, the UCA bylaws allow a 19-person executive committee, including 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 seeks a balanced representation of the four areas, but the committee does have the option to have more members serving in some categories while we have fewer representatives in other areas.

If you would like to nominate someone for consideration, please forward your recommendation to Mary O'Shea ( at SME Headquarters by November 1. Staff will compile all nominations for the UCA Nominating Committee's consideration.
  1. Please identify which of the four areas the individual(s) should be considered to represent (engineer, contractor, owner or supplier).
  2. A brief bio or resume outlining the person's industry experience and service to UCA and other professional organizations.
Please keep in mind that the individual must be a member of the UCA of SME.

WAAIME call for nominations
The WAAIME Committee is seeking nominations for the incoming WAAIME Committee member. Nominations will be selected from the outgoing committee member's area (since the outgoing committee member is the international representative, the incoming committee member should be from an international section). An electronic copy of a photo and a brief bio should be faxed or emailed with the attached nomination form. The due dates for nominations follow:
  • November 30 - All nominations with photos and bios should be at SME Headquarters.
  • December 2 - SME Headquarters will forward the nominees to the WAAIME Executive Committee.
  • December 15 - WAAIME Chair will notify SME Headquarters of the incoming committee member.
  • December 19 - WAAIME Chair will notify incoming committee member and invite her to the SME Annual Meeting.
Click here to download the nomination form.

Please send nomination form, photo and bio to Mary O'Shea, 12999 E Adam Aircraft Cir, Englewood, CO 80112; PH 303.948.4211; Fax: 303.973.3845; E-mail

SME issues Technical Briefing on importance of coal
in the US and global energy supply
On September 7, SME issued its latest technical briefing paper (PDF), Coal’s Importance in the U.S. and Global Energy Supply. All energy sources, including nuclear, hydro, wind, solar and other renewables, have some role to play in contributing to the global electrical power grid. However, for the foreseeable future, base load power generation through the use of fossil fuels, and especially coal, is the most cost-effective way to provide affordable, safe and reliable electricity at the scale that is needed to achieve genuine access to modern electricity services worldwide. Coal is, and will continue to be, the backbone of global electricity generation. Export of U.S. coal to energy-resource-poor countries will contribute significantly to reducing global energy poverty. Further, in the U.S., distinct environmental, economic and social challenges to the continued use of coal must be balanced with an acknowledgment by policymakers that coal is still a viable energy source, is essential to national security and should be included in any discussion of a long-term “all of the above” energy policy. This SME paper, and others on a variety of mining-related topics, can be found at

Report claims methane from coal mines adds to global warming
The Clean Air Task Force, issued a report (PDF) earlier this month, “Barriers and opportunities for reducing methane emissions from coal mines” that claims curbing methane emissions from coal mines should be a key component in the fight against global warming. The CATF is a nonprofit established in 1996 with the specific goal to enact federal policy to reduce the pollutants from America’s coal-fired power plants. The report states that capturing methane emissions from coal mines around the world could significantly reduce the amount of methane in the atmosphere, as well as lead to improvements in mine safety and local air quality. Methane released from coal mines accounts for eight percent of global methane emissions, according to the CATF. Depending on the quality of the gas, the report says mine companies could use captured methane to power equipment or generate electricity. Methane-powered burners might be used to dry coal or companies could trap the gas and sell it directly to pipelines. According to CATF, in the U.S. mineral rights agreements separate coal from below-surface gases. Thus, coal mining companies own the coal they extract but not the methane that mingles with it; this methane is released into the atmosphere during production. CATF suggests that reconciling those rights agreements could lead to a shift in the way coal mining companies view methane gas, treating it as a potential source of revenue rather than a fugitive gas to be dealt with as a safety or environmental concern.

Washington Updates

House committee considers coal bill to support industry
The House Rules Committee is considering amendments for H.R. 3409 (PDF), the Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act. H.R. 3409 is a package of five bills that seeks to address the current Administration's policies regarding coal mining in the U.S. The package of bills seeks to prevent the EPA from imposing a cap-and-tax system and to require an interagency committee to analyze the economic impacts of environmental regulations to better understand how these policies affect American manufacturing, global competitiveness, energy prices and jobs. Lastly, the package also amends the Clean Water Act to institute policies that maintain a balance between federal and state partners in regulating the nation's waters. H.R. 3409 includes one natural resources bill, three energy and commerce bills, and one transportation and infrastructure bill. Title I (Resources) of the bill, referred to as the Stop the War on Coal Act, was authored by Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) to protect American jobs and support U.S. energy production by prohibiting the Secretary of the Interior from issuing new rules or regulations that will adversely impact mining jobs and our economy. Specifically, H.R. 3409 will prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from issuing regulations under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act that will adversely impact U.S. coal mining employment, cause a reduction in coal revenue to governments through regulation of coal mining, reduce the amount of coal available for domestic consumption or export, designate any area as unsuitable for surface coal mining and reclamation operations or expose the U.S. to liability for taking the value of privately owned coal through regulation.

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