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Watch your mail for the 2014 SME dues bill and pay online!
Dues bills for SME will be mailed and available online in early September. Make certain you are using all the valuable resources you are entitled to, 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!
Click here to view the SME member benefits page.

Have you read it yet?
The summer edition of the SME Foundation Newsletter has arrived. Here is your chance to catch up on all of the great things that are happening within the SMEF programs and with some of our volunteers.

The summer newsletter contains articles and updates on:
  • 2013 Mining in Society merit badge.
  • MEC’s K-12 curriculum projects.
  • A letter from the Foundation President Bart Hyita and lots more!
Click on the link to read the newsletter and find out how you, too, can support the Foundation!

Why do we need mining, anyway?
SME President Jessica Kogel pondered this question while in the shadows of some of the world’s greatest works of art. She shares her thoughts about the age-old question in this month's President's Page in Mining Engineering. Also in the August issue: articles about mining in Latin America, international mining, health and safety, the National Mining Hall of Fame and recaps of the Colorado MPD and Minnesota section meetings.
New way to predict hydrocyclone efficiency curves
This week’s featured abstract from Minerals & Metallurgical Processing comes from Michigan Technological University, where researchers have developed a new way to predict hydrocyclone efficiency curves: “Coarse and fine ‘fish hook’ inflections in hydrocyclone efficiency curves,” by Eisele et al. Find this and other abstracts online at the Minerals & Metallurgical Processing journal.

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

SME and CIM collaborate on safety
for the third year in a row
What: 3rd Annual Symposium on Safety in Mining: A Reliable Operation is a Safe Operation
October 20-22, 2013
Where: Hilton Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
Registration now open:
What are the implications of carbon capture, use and storage?
Kevin O’Brien, Global CCS Institute's Principal Manager for Carbon Capture, explains at a free workshop held in conjunction with the Carbon Management Technology Conference.
What: Carbon Management Technology Conference
When: October 21-23, 2013
Where: Hilton Alexandria Old Town, Alexandria, VA
Register by September 21 for early bird rates. For more information and to register, click here.

Hot new summer webinars: check them out!
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

2:00 p.m. MDT
Zhi Huang, CFD engineer, Research & Development
“Designing new rotors and stators for flotation cells using CFD.”

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
2:00 p.m. MDT
Jamal Rostami, associate professor
Pennsylvania State University
“A discussion on TBM cutter change time and cutter consumption.”

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

2:00 p.m. MDT
Anthony Iannacchione, associate professor
University of Pittsburgh
Nicole Iannacchione, senior geological specialist
GAI Consultants, Inc.
“Selected factors affecting longwall mine layouts in the Pittsburgh coalbed of southwestern Pennsylvania.”

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
9:00 a.m. MDT
Richard Adsero
GBI Mining Intelligence
“What will halt the worldwide decline in equipment performance?”

For details and to register, go to:

SME Annual Meeting 2013
If you missed the SME Annual Meeting in Denver, you can still take in 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
  • Coal & Energy: Health and Safety Management Systems
  • Mining & Exploration: GPAC: Stake Your Claim on the Next Four Years: A New Administration and Its Impact on the Mining Industry
  • And more.
To view, click here.

Prepare for the PE Exam
with SME
Take SME’s PE Review Course and work with the best in the business.

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
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.

Court sides with SEC on Conflict Minerals Rule
On July 23, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia found “no problems with the SEC’s rulemaking” by its adoption of the Conflict Minerals Rule of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In granting summary judgment to the SEC and upholding the Conflict Minerals Rules, the Court concluded that the Plaintiffs’ (the National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Business Roundtable) claims “lack merit.” In rendering its opinion, the Court disagreed with the argument that the SEC ignored its statutory obligations in approving the Conflict Minerals Rule. The Court also ruled that the SEC rulemaking was not arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative Procedures Act.

At this point, companies who file reports under Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the 1934 SEC Act, including companies that file annual reports with the Commission on Form 10-K, Form 20-F or Form 40-F, must comply with the Conflict Minerals Rule for the year ending December 31, 2013 by filing their conflict minerals disclosure, if required, on new Form SD by May 31, 2014.

Interior report claims minerals on federal lands
contribute $371 B to economy
On July 29, the U.S. Department of Interior issued an economic report for FY 2012 that estimates that federal public lands contributed $371 billion to the U.S. economy last year, including $21 billion in hardrock mineral sales and employment of 111,000 persons. Energy produced from Interior lands in FY2012 - 460 million tons of coal - contributed $230 billion to the national economy and supported 1.2 million jobs, according to the report.

Let’s work together!
The Campaign for Mining is underway!

The SME Foundation Board of Trustees, SME members and Corporate Roundtable Partners are standing together to support the Foundation and its programs. With support from across the mining and minerals industry, our Campaign for Mining will invest in targeted programs to meet the challenges facing our industry in the years ahead.

Together we are the key to global prosperity!

Foundation programs that need your support:
  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology – 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 per year to provide world class programming for our members, the industry and our communities. As of June 7, contributions to the campaign total $1,438,936. For the success of the Foundation programs, let’s work together!

Washington Updates

New bipartisan bill would facilitate 'good Samaritan' mine cleanups
On August 1, Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) and Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) introduced bipartisan legislation titled “The Good Samaritan Cleanup of Abandoned Hardrock Mines Act of 2013," which would aid abandoned mine cleanup efforts by establishing a new program under the Clean Water Act that would work to help good Samaritans obtain cleanup permits and provide some liability protections to volunteers that have no responsibility for the abandoned mines. This legislation follows EPA's December guidance aimed at protecting volunteer groups from lawsuits and the need to follow certain environmental laws.

WV Senator introduces coal bill to address black lung
On August 1, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) introduced legislation that would set more stringent coal dust particulate limits for miners suffering from black lung and create new grants for research into the disease. The "Black Lung Health Improvements Act of 2013," S. 1416, is the third in a series of bills Rockefeller has proposed this year on behalf of West Virginia coal miners. The bill proposes new limits on the amount of coal dust particles that would be safe to breathe for miners already carrying black lung, in order to prevent further exposure. It also would increase the availability of health records, provide easier access to legal representation, push for more benefits and require the Government Accountability Office to study ways to make the application process for disability claims more efficient. Rockefeller's two other bills are aimed at protecting the pensions and health care of retired miners and fixing mining safety problems revealed by the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster.

House bill restricts enforcement of stream buffer rule on coal mines
On July 25, Representatives Bill Johnson (R-OH) and Doug Lamborn (R-CO), chairman of the Natural Resources Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee, introduced H.R. 2824, aimed at protecting coal mining jobs and curbing the Obama administration's "war on coal." The legislation, "Preventing Government Waste and Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America Act," directly attacks the Obama Administration’s rewrite of the 2008 Stream Buffer Zone Rule - meant to protect streams and aquatic life from the harmful effects of coal mining, including longwall and surface mining - by preventing the Secretary of the Interior from enforcing the policy.

Introducing the bill, Rep Lamborn remarked, "Much of the blame for uncertainty and job losses lies with the administration's arbitrary decision to throw out the 2008 coal mining rule and instead embark on a re-write that has been secretive, reckless and has already wasted $9 million of taxpayer money. Our legislation will stop the administration from implementing their job-destroying rewrite and restore certainty to the industry, lower energy costs, and create jobs."

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EPA News
Court rejects Arch Coal bid for rehearing on EPA veto case
On July 25, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected Arch Coal’s petition to rehear a case that upheld EPA's ability to retroactively veto Clean Water Act permits. The closely watched case hinged on whether EPA had authority to issue its 2011 veto of an Army Corps of Engineers’ 2007 permit for Arch's Spruce No. 1 mine in Logan County, WV. EPA has rarely used such authority, and the move was widely applauded by environmentalists because the Spruce mine is one of the largest mountaintop-removal projects ever proposed. Industry criticized the decision, arguing that it creates tremendous uncertainty surrounding their permits. A unanimous three-judge D.C. Circuit panel, however, said the Clean Water Act clearly grants EPA veto authority whenever the agency wants to exercise it. Arch intends to seek Supreme Court review of the decision.

MSHA releases mid-year fatality report
On July 31, MSHA released a mid-year summary of mining deaths across the U.S. During the first half of 2013, 18 miners died in work-related accidents at the nation's mines, one less than in the first half of 2012. Nine each were killed in coal mining and metal and nonmetal mining accidents. In both coal and metal and nonmetal mining, one of the miners killed was a contractor.

The final numbers released by MSHA earlier this month showed that 2012 had the lowest mining death and injury rates in the history of U.S. mining. To review MSHA’s analysis of mining fatalities that occurred during the first half of 2013, along with best practices to help mining operations avoid similar fatalities, go to the agency’s website at

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