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SME issues technical briefing paper on aggregates industry’s
contribution to infrastructure investment
On June 28, SME published a technical briefing paper pointing to the contributions of the U.S. aggregates industry to infrastructure investment and calling for full funding of the nation’s surface transportation programs. The nation’s infrastructure systems are failing to keep pace with current and expanding needs, and investment in infrastructure is faltering. Laws, policies and land use plans must continue to facilitate access to, and the availability of, construction aggregates. Therefore, full funding of the nation's transportation programs is a critical priority.

Among the findings in the paper: nearly two-thirds of the nonfuel minerals mined each year in the United States are aggregates; every $1 million in aggregate sales creates 19.5 jobs; every dollar of aggregates industry output returns $1.58 to the economy; for every $1 billion spent on highway construction, between 28,000 and 34,000 jobs are generated each year; and every dollar invested in the highway system yields $5.20 in economic benefits to the nation.

Deadline extended!
What: Safety in Mining: A Reliable Operation is a Safe Operation – Call for abstracts
When: October 20-22, 2013
Where: Hilton Toronto, Toronto, ON
This is the Third Annual Symposium on Safety In Mining, held jointly by CIM and SME. This is one of your best chances to meet with representatives from industry, government and academia to discuss best industry practices related to safety and health management, loss control and system reliability. The conference’s call for abstracts has been extended to July 30, 2013 – don’t miss this chance to participate in one of the most important safety conferences of the year! For more information, click here: Call for abstracts.

Show your company’s commitment to safe practices – become a sponsor of Safety in Mining today! For more information, click here: Sponsorship opportunities.

New from the SME Bookstore
2013 Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference: 2013 Proceedings,
edited by Michael A. DiPonio and Chris Dixon
Every two years, industry leaders and practitioners from around the world gather at the Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference (RETC) to learn about the most recent advances and breakthroughs in this unique field. 2013 Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference: 2013 Proceedings, edited by Michael A. DiPonio and Chris Dixon, includes more than 100 papers from industry experts, highlighting their most recent projects and sharing real-world experiences that will keep you up-to-date on the latest tunneling trends and technologies. From caverns and large spans, contracting practices, tunnel linings, and design and planning to geotechnical considerations and instrumentation, ground stabilization, equipment applications and risk management, this proceedings has the cutting-edge and innovative information you should have to meet the needs of the ever-important tunneling field. As with past conferences, a significant number of the papers are by international authors, providing insight into projects and practices from across the globe. A fully searchable CD containing the entire proceedings is also included.

The Aggregates Handbook, 2nd edition
For more than two decades, The Aggregates Handbook has been the industry’s source for aggregates technology and knowledge. The second edition of this comprehensive reference tool includes new and updated material, including rapidly changing technologies in the aggregates industry. It also includes expanded coverage of developments in sustainability, production technology, safety, transportation, design, technology standards and industry trends. Whether you are new to the industry, a seasoned professional or simply curious about aggregates mining, you will find this volume informative and a valuable reference book.

Drop in gold prices is felt around the world
From Newmont Gold to Newcrest Mining Ltd, mining companies around the world are downsizing in response to the recent fall in gold prices. Visit Mining Engineering online to get the latest news on the mining industry. Updated daily.

Daily news content available to all; magazine access is exclusive to members. Become an SME member today:
Using magnetic flotation to concentrate high-sulfur copper ore
Kunming University researchers in Kunming, China, present a new way to concentrate high-sulfur copper ore: “Concentration of high-sulfur copper ore using a three-product magnetic flotation column.”
Find this and other abstracts online at the Minerals & Metallurgical Processing journal.

Subscribe today to access the entire issue and the complete online archives.

Boy Scout Jamboree sponsorship opportunity
On the heels of the historic approval of the new Boy Scout Mining in Society merit badge, SME is heading to the Boy Scout Jamboree, July 15-24, 2013, in West Virginia. The Boy Scouts National Jamboree is usually held once every three years. It is expected that 50,000 Scouts, Venturers, volunteers and staff from all over the United States will participate. The estimated costs of all expenses (i.e., travel, pre-launch badge production, development of Jamboree mining-related activities, activities’ shipments to the Jamboree site, signage, Jamboree registrations and travel, meetings with SME merit badge committees and BSA staff, video production, staff time, etc.) is $100,000. Sponsorship benefits include:
  • Company logo on signage in Mining in Society booth at the 2013 BSA Jamboree.
  • Acknowledgment at the SME 2014 Annual Meeting Keynote Session during the Mining in Society merit badge launch.
  • Acknowledgment on the SME video to be produced celebrating the Mining in Society merit badge.
  • Recognition at the 2014 SME Annual Meeting Awards Dinner.
  • Company logo on SME website with a link to your company website.

We ask that you and your company consider this important sponsorship opportunity. No matter the size of your contribution, your participation is invaluable. We also ask that you forward this opportunity to colleagues you believe would be interested in getting involved. This project has become a mission of many of our members and industry partners. With your assistance, we will make what once seemed like a dream a reality. Click here for full details.

SME connects with AEG
The Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG) was proud to have SME participate in our June 2013 issue of AEG News. The issue focused on mining geology and is available to SME members for free by clicking here. Mining geology articles in the issue include:
  • Slope stability Analysis and Pit Slope Design Geotechnical Investigation Comstock Mining Project
  • Mitigating Inflow Due to Both Primary and Secondary Permeability in Mining
  • Coal Mine Reclamation Project in McKinley County, NM
  • Nevada’s Robust Mining Industry
  • The Geology Mining of the Viburnum Trend in Southeast Missouri
The issue also has information on our Annual Meeting, September 8-15 in Seattle, WA.
We hope to see you there.

Best practices grow by example
AIME has developed a new tool for sharing best practices in sustainability in engineering education, mainly at the university level. It’s called SEEKRR, which stands for Sustainable Engineering Education Key Resource Repository. It includes what’s working across several disciplines and is a living database intended for additions. The AIME Sustainability Steering Committee will review submissions for inclusion. SME’s point person on the committee is Deb Shields. The tool is accessible on the AIME website at If you’d like to learn more about it or the committee, contact AIME Executive Director Michele Lawrie-Munro, at or 1-303-325-5185.

SME Annual Meeting 2013:
Looking back
If you missed the SME Annual Meeting in Denver, you can still view the keynote and other select programs:

  • Mineral & Metallurgical Processing: Plenary Session
  • Innovations in Metallurgical Processing Symposium: Keynote Session
  • Environmental: Process Solution and Drainage Management for the Metal Mining Sector
  • Mining & Exploration: Operations: When Optimization, Planning and Reliability Collide in Surface Operations
To view, click here.
SME Annual Meeting 2014:
Looking ahead
The 2014 SME Annual Meeting Call for Papers/Abstract Submission Site is now available to all prospective authors. To access, you will need to go to the address below. Once there, click on the blue Abstract Central button and create an account.

2014 SME Annual Meeting
February 23-26, 2014
Where: Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT

Prepare for PE with SME experts
Take SME’s PE Review Course and work with the best in the business. Keith Heasley, professor at West Virginia University, is a longstanding expert in the field of mineral processing and brings to the course extensive knowledge of both the material and the exam itself.
What: Review Course for the Professional Engineer (P.E.) Examination of Mining/Mineral Processing Engineers, 2013
September 7-11, 2013
Where: Marriott St. Louis Airport, St. Louis, MO

Share your expertise
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is seeking members of the AIME Societies (SME, TMS, SIST, SPE) to assist in developing a webinar, “Bridging the Gap between Climate Change Science and Engineering Practice,” supported by a United Engineering Foundation grant. The webinar will alert the engineering community to the need to adapt engineering practices to a changing climate, provide access to sources of information for adaptation and stimulate the engineering community to work with the climate/weather science community in needed research. Most of the activity will occur by correspondence, but there will be a workshop held at ASCE in Reston, VA to critique a near final draft and develop recommendations for completion and distribution of the webinar. Travel support is available. If interested, reply by June 28 to AIME Executive Director, Michele Lawrie-Munro, at or 1-303-325-5185.

Present your work at NAT
What: 2014 North American Tunneling Conference (NAT) – Call for papers
June 22-25, 2014
Where: JW Marriott, Los Angeles, CA

The 2014 NAT theme is “Tunneling: Mission Possible.” A full list of topics and approaches can be found at this link.
2015 Hoist and Haul – call for papers
What: 2015 International Conference on Hoisting and Haulage – Call for papers
June 21-25, 2015
Where: Clarion Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden

Hoist and Haul covers systems or technology associated with the handling of ore from the point of extraction in the underground mine to the stockpiling on the surface. The conference will also include a focused trade exhibition and local tours. The program encompasses a wide range of topics including shaft hoisting, incline and drift hoisting, conveying, underground rail haulage, tramming and truck haulage.

To submit an abstract, click here.

Help support mining
SME Foundation trustees hope that all SME members will join their colleagues to support Creating Global Prosperity: The Campaign for Mining.

The Campaign for Mining is raising funds for:
  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) – to ensure that universities offering degrees in mining, geological and geophysical engineering in the United States maintain high standards.
  • Minerals Education Coalition – develops and disseminates factual and timely curriculum to K-12 educators across the U.S. and globally for use in classrooms, as well as informal education, science and community settings.
  • Professional Engineers Licensure – sets the standard for mining and mineral engineers working in the field. This credential indicates a high level of skill and additional education throughout the industry.
  • New programs – the Foundation will be able to add new programs, such as expanding Miners Give Back and adding a Career Transition program.
Our goal is to raise $1.6 million to provide world class programming to our members, the industry and the community! As of May 1st, contributions to the campaign total $1,272,761. Please donate today!

Find tomorrow’s leaders for SME today
It is that time of year in which SME needs your support in selecting the future leadership for our society. SME is asking for your assistance in nominating and/or recommending members (including yourself) to serve the society in one of the following roles:

2016 SME President
2015 – 2018 SME Board Member-at-large (two will be selected)
Members for all SME Strategic Committees

To assist you in making a recommendation, the following criteria have been provided for your review. The president must be a current member of the society and must meet several additional qualifications (see here for details). Board members must be current members; in addition, the qualifications for president may be considered for guidance. Strategic committee members must be current members and have an interest in a topic covered by one of the committees. For a review of the strategic committees, click here. For a list of the current SME board of director and strategic committee members, click here.

Please forward any recommendations with a photo and brief bio for consideration to Mary O’Shea ( no later than July 31, 2013. The nominations will be reviewed at the September midyear meeting by the SME nominating committee.

Reminder: Financial reports needed
As you know, your local SME Section is a legally constituted unit of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., encompassing a specific geographical area. As a legal entity of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., your section is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization operating under SME’s tax ID.

As such, SME sections are required to submit the following information to SME headquarters:

Financial Summary – SME is required to report local Section finances as part of our annual tax return. Each local Section is responsible for submitting a report detailing your section’s finances for the fiscal year (October 1-September 30). The required report is sent to each section’s treasurer and chair of record annually in early October and must be returned no later than November 15. If your section fails to provide us with this information for the group filing, you may have to file individually and the SME Board of Directors will consider closing the Section. To keep in comliance with IRS regulations, if your section fails to provide a completed financial statement for three years in a row, SME may be required to close your section.

The following sections have not submitted financial reports in a year or more. If you know anyone in the below listed Sections, please have them contact SME, as their Section status is in jeopardy:
  • Arkansas
  • Arklatex
  • Northern Nevada
  • Utah
SME supports local sections in a variety of ways, as noted online at SME Division & Local Section Coordinator Tessa Baxter is ready to assist you in the support of your local Section. Please contact Tessa with any questions, concerns or suggestions: email or call 303-948-4208.

Innovative Solutions to Drive a Safer Mining Workplace through Technology:
GMSG announces joint workshop with EMESRT
The Global Mining and Standards Group (GMSG), an organization for global mining collaboration on solutions to common industry problems, needs and technology through standards, guidelines and best practices, will host a one-day joint workshop with the Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table (EMESRT). The workshop is to be held on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Montreal in conjunction with the World Mining Congress (WMC) and International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining (ISARC).
The workshop will include:
  • Introduction to EMESRT, 2012/13 successes and plans.
  • Overview of the EMESRT design evaluation process for procurement (EDEEP).
  • Discussion of the status of EDEEP in mining companies and OEMs.
  • Proof of concept for a common user interface for shovels and development of next steps.
  • Development of an application programming interface (API) for mobile mining equipment.
  • Overview of GMSG and EMESRT and a cooperative path forward.
This workshop offers real-time, relevant discussion and experience. For instance, workshop participants will be among the first to witness the proof-of-concept for a unified user interface for large shovels. For more information, visit:

Coal News

US coal exports to Asia increase to 25%
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 25% of U.S. coal exports go to Asia, but remain a small share of Asia's total coal imports. U.S. coal exports have made steady inroads into the Asian market since 2007. Almost all the U.S. coal exported to Asia went to the world's top four coal importers: China, Japan, India and South Korea. Asia's share of total U.S. coal exports increased from 2% in 2007 to 25% in 2012. While U.S. coal has also been gaining market share in Asia, it provided less than 4% of Asia's coal imports in 2012, and less than 1% of total coal consumed by the four large Asian importers. Despite recent growth, the future growth of U.S. coal exports to Asia will depend upon the pace of Asian coal demand growth, expansion of U.S. port infrastructure, especially on the West Coast, coal pricing in Asia and the cost of U.S. coal landed in Asia compared to that offered by other major coal exporters.


Holmes Safety Association establishes mine rescue organization
Earlier in June, the members of the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment and changes to their bylaws to create a new mine rescue organization, the Holmes Mine Rescue Association. This action, reestablishing mine rescue as an important function within the Holmes Association, represents a critical component in a three-year effort by MSHA to address gaps in how the nation responds to mine emergencies.

For the last three years, MSHA has sought to address the gaps in mine emergency response, particularly those identified in recent mine tragedies. The Holmes Association seeks to provide a forum for the mine rescue community to collaborate on best practices, procedures and training to enhance mine rescue capabilities for coal and metal/nonmetal mines. It also will serve as a vehicle to disseminate guidelines, training and tools to the mining community. A meeting to establish the executive committee and officers of the new mine rescue organization will take place on October 29 at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy in Beaver, WV.

Washington Updates

Obama administration frees sequestered funds for mine cleanups
On June 12, the Obama administration released more than $322 million to 28 state and tribal governments for cleaning up abandoned coal mines. The Office of Surface Mining's move boosts funding from the $305 million it made available earlier this year. If not for the across-the-board automatic spending cuts that took effect in March, states would have received almost $340 million.

The Abandoned Mine Lands grants are usually announced in December, but the threat of sequestration delayed their release. In February, just before the sequestration cuts were announced, OSM released 90 percent of the total grant funding to states and tribes as a precaution. The revised post-sequestration numbers translate into a $17.3 million, or 5.1 percent, cut from what states would have received without sequestration, but about $16.6 million more than they got in February. AML funds come from fees on coal, but some payments are drawn from the U.S. Treasury. Distribution is based on a formula in the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act.

House bill introduced to reform U.S. mining laws
On June 20, Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rush Holt (D-NJ) introduced legislation to overhaul the nation's oversight of noncoal mines. The bill, H.R. 2467, would make hardrock mining companies pay a 12.5 percent royalty on gross income from mining. Supporters of this legislation said they wanted to make the fee comparable to oil, gas and coal extraction. Specifically, the legislation includes protections from mining in environmentally sensitive areas and creates a system for American Indian tribes or states to ask the federal government to withdraw areas from new mineral development. The bill would also enact a fee of 7 cents per ton of displaced material for companies to help pay for cleanups of old abandoned mine sites. Further, it sets up a formula for distributing the money and tasks the Department of Interior with creating new reclamation standards.

Republicans and companies say that they could be willing to accept changes, but this Democratic legislation could hurt companies and domestic production. Hardrock mining companies argue they are different than energy extraction firms and deal with a unique market and development challenges. That's why they say a 12.5 percent royalty would be too burdensome. The National Mining Association has also called for a net rather than gross proceeds calculation.

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