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SME assesses progress at September midyear meeting
Over 120 volunteer leaders, representing SME’s standing and strategic committees, divisions and Board of Directors, came together in San Diego September 6-8 during SME’s midyear meeting to conduct the business of the society and report on the successes of the first half of 2013. The success of this society depends on the time and effort put forth by our volunteer leaders and members. Highlights of this meeting include the Board approving a new Education Sustainability committee of SME to focus on filling the Ph.D. pipeline at mining-related universities, providing a stable pool of research dollars and increasing the breadth of the SME scholarship programs. The Board also approved the FY 2014 budget that includes renovation of the SME website and installation of an upgraded association management system to better serve the members. Preliminary indications are that the 2014 SME annual meeting in Salt Lake City will be a success. Eighty-two percent of the available booth space has already been sold. Overall, your society is in sound financial shape and will continue to serve the members of the global mining community as the leading voice for the industry.

SME Congressional Fellowship application period revised
The first SME Mining Engineering Congressional Fellow will be placed in Washington, D.C. during the 2014-15 legislative session. The Fellow will spend one year working as a special legislative assistant on the staff of a member of Congress or congressional committee. Activities may involve conducting legislative or oversight work, assisting in congressional hearings and debates, and preparing briefs and writing speeches. The application period opens December 1, 2013 and closes December 31, 2013.

The purpose of this Fellowship is to provide a unique opportunity to gain firsthand experience with the federal legislative process and make practical contributions to the effective and timely use of the Fellow's specific knowledge in mining, mineral processing and mined product applications as they relate to the environment, natural resources and federal science policy. The Fellow will gain an invaluable public policy learning experience, contribute to the more effective use of mined materials knowledge in government and broaden awareness about the value of scientist/engineer-government interaction within the federal government. Applicants should be a member of SME (or an applicant for membership) and have either a Doctorate or a Master''s degree with at least three years’ professional experience.

If you are interested in applying for this position or need more information, please contact John Hayden, 303-948-4250, or Jackie Dorr, 303-948-4244. More information can also be found in this document.

SME Webinars: instant professional development
Thursday, September 19, 2013

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

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
2:00 p.m. MDT
Anthony Iannacchione, associate professor
Michael Keener, graduate student
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, October 8, 2013

9:00 a.m. MDT
William G. Sirois, senior vice president and COO
Circadian Technologies, Inc.
“Fatigue risk management systems in mining: applying new ANSI standards to improve occupational health and safety.”

For details and to register, go to:

Predicting particle size distribution
in tumbling mills
Researchers in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, describe a new, simpler approach to predicting particle size distribution in “DEM-PBM approach to predicting particle size distribution in tumbling mills,” by Perez-Alonso and Delgadillo in the August issue of Minerals & Metallurgical Processing.

Subscribe today to access the entire issue and the online archives.
Is mining the way forward
for the economies of Africa?
Jessica Kogel takes on the current state of mining in Africa in this month’s President’s Page in Mining Engineering.

For more dispatches from the SME President, check out her blog on the SME Community. For daily news updates, web-only features, and access to the complete online archives, check out Mining Engineering Online.

New from the SME Bookshelf
Open Pit Mine Planning & Design, third edition is now available from SME. Building on the success of its predecessor, this edition has been updated and expanded, ensuring that it remains the most complete and authoritative account of modern open pit mining available.

This edition contains new chapters on blasting, drilling, loading, hauling, and equipment availability and utilization. The chapter on revenues and costs has been substantially revised and updated. In addition, the CD now includes a fully working version of the MicroModel mine planning software package. $140 Member/ $130 Student member/ $160 Nonmember. For more information, email Or buy it online today at

SME Foundation requests your support to help fund the launch
of the BSA Mining in Society merit badge

Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has designated SME to lead the development of a new Mining in Society merit badge. This opportunity aligns with the SME Foundation’s commitment to foster understanding about the positive impact mining and minerals make on quality of life. We have already begun this initiative by drawing on SME members’ expertise to create a compelling badge program that touches on mining’s key elements. SME members also actively participated at the BSA National Jamboree in July by promoting the badge as they presented mining-related activities to spark the interest of Scouts and their leaders.
For complete information, click here.

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.

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.
  • Stake Your Claim on the Next Four Years: A New Administration and Its Impact on the Mining Industry.
  • And more.
To view, click here.
Reserve your seat now for the Carbon Management Technology Conference!
Engineering perspectives, state-of-the-art research, multi-disciplinary insight and global lessons learned: Join professionals from all engineering disciplines to examine the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to changing climate and how to meet these challenges. Through robust scheduled sessions, well-known speakers from leading companies and academic institutions, co-located workshops and networking opportunities, this year's program will address 20+ topics under these four themes:
  • Carbon capture, utilization and storage.
  • Carbon management pathways from electricity generation to end user.
  • Potentially game-changing technology and evaluation.
  • Engineering challenges and solutions for adaptation to climate change.
To view the technical program, click here. Register today and be part of the one conference focused on the engineering perspectives critical to meeting the challenge of greenhouse gas emissions.

What: Carbon Management Technology Conference
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.

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.
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:

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 $1,473,948. For the success of the Foundation programs, let’s work together!

You have been waiting: Here it is!
What: Cutting Edge 2013: MEGAPROJECTS
November 3-5, 2013
Where: The Westin Seattle, Seattle, WA

UCA of SME and Tunneling Journal are proud to present a unique look at some of the newest and most challenging MEGAPROJECTS from throughout North America, and we hope that you can join us in Seattle, WA, November 3-5, 2013 for this exciting conference.

Registration and housing are now open, so be sure to reserve your spot today!

Complete details and registration information available at:
The definitive picture of
Southwest mining
What: 2013 Arizona Conference
When: December 8-9, 2013
Where: JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort
Tucson, AZ

For more details or to register, click here.

The 2013-2014 scholarship season is underway
On an annual basis, SME, the SME Foundation, SME Divisions and WAAIME award over 100 scholarships to deserving SME student members. If you’re a student member, YOU could be next! More information about all available scholarships, including complete guidelines for each, may be found at All applications must be submitted online via our scholarship application portal:

The application deadline is November 1, 2013, 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time. Got questions or need help? Email

Washington Updates

House holds field hearings on Endangered Species Act
On September 4, the House Natural Resources Committee held oversight field hearings in Billings, MT and Casper, WY on “State and Local Efforts to Protect Species, Jobs, Property and Multiple Use Amidst a New War on the West.” At these hearings, witnesses discussed how federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) listings can impact local jobs and the economy and how federal litigation often stands in the way of successful local and state recovery efforts. This hearing was part of a series this Committee is holding to examine ways to ensure that the ESA is working efficiently and effectively for both people and species. Excessive litigation has become one of the greatest obstacles to the success of the Act as groups are using the ESA to file hundreds of lawsuits against the government. In response, agencies have to spend time and financial resources addressing those lawsuits instead of species recovery.

Congress’ energy priorities shift to infrastructure after August recess
Congress returned this week after a five-week recess with an agenda that could see its energy items shoved to the sidelines, as lawmakers' priorities are being reshaped by the ongoing conflict in Syria even as they face a pair of looming deadlines to keep the government funded and able to borrow money. In the Senate, floor debate on a pending energy efficiency bill is delayed indefinitely. In the House, the GOP leadership will stick with the broad energy themes of supporting fossil fuels as the foundation of U.S. energy supplies. This will include a shift to the midstream and downstream parts of the industry such as oil and gas pipelines, electric transmission lines and coal or gas export terminals - as opposed to previous upstream attention that emphasized boosting production by opening new federal lands and curtailing regulations on power plants. Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) said recently, "As energy production grows across the United States, building the infrastructure to move these supplies to consumers is emerging as the real challenge of the 21st century.”

EPA News
EPA launches new online mapping tool for environmental impact statements
The EPA launched an interactive web-based mapping tool that provides the public with access and information on Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) filed with EPA for major projects proposed on federal lands and other proposed federal actions. The National Environmental Policy Act requires federal agencies to consider the impacts of proposed actions, as well as any reasonable alternatives as part of their decision-making process. For proposed projects with potentially significant impacts, federal agencies prepare a detailed EIS that is filed with EPA and made available for public review and comment. The user can click on a state on the map and is provided with comment letters submitted by the EPA on EIS’s within the last 60 days. The tool also provides users with the information they need to identify projects with open comment periods, including how to submit comments.

MSHA news
OSHA issues proposal to lower crystalline silica limit by
fifty percent, MSHA to follow
On August 23, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its long anticipated proposal to reduce occupational exposures to respirable crystalline silica. Although mining facilities are not regulated by OSHA, MSHA has stated its intent to issue a similar proposal for the mining industry later this year. OSHA is proposing a fifty percent reduction in the current permissible exposure limit – to 50 micrograms of silica per cubic meter of workplace air – and an action level of 25 micrograms. The proposal also includes requirements for initial and periodic exposure assessments, regulated and restricted work areas, engineering and work practice exposure controls, respiratory protection, employee medical surveillance, employee training and recordkeeping. There will be a 90-day public comment period following publication of the proposal in the Federal Register.

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