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This just in: final program details for Safety and Reliability
The plenary session of the 3rd annual Symposium on Safety in Mining will feature four industry leaders discussing their organizations’ journey to achieving safety and operational excellence. Learn how Mirarco, Barrick Gold, Newmont Mining and OMSHR created sustainable cultural change through process improvement and employee engagement.

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:
SME members who register for the 2013 Safety and Reliability Conference
will receive a free copy of Mine Health and Safety Management ($119 value).
Register today!

Complete details now available for SME Arizona Conference
The 2013 SME Arizona Conference features speakers from Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold and Rosemont Copper. The conference will also host a short course and multiple sessions highlighting recent industry activity in Arizona. Don’t miss it: register now!

2013 Arizona Conference
December 8-9, 2013
Where: JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort
Tucson, AZ

For more details or to register, click here.

A big THANK YOU to our partners!
The SME Foundation thanks our 2013 Corporate Roundtable Partners for their encouragement, support and assistance in creating a stronger industry around the world, developing tomorrow’s professionals and leaders, and strengthening relationships within our communities. To find out more or to lend your support to this exciting campaign, please visit the Foundation website at

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.”

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
2:00 p.m. MDT
Dirk van der Wal
Mining director, FEI
“Onsite mineralogy for operators.”
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

9:00 a.m. MST
Vishal Gupta
Research engineer, FLSmidth
“Surface chemistry of kaolinite.”

For details and to register, go to:

Extracting the gold from electronic waste
Korean scientists Sadia Ilyas and Jae-chun Lee investigate new ways to leach valuable metals from ewaste in “Fungal leaching of metals from electronic scrap,” in the August issue of Minerals & Metallurgical Processing.

Subscribe today to access the entire issue and the complete online archives.
New portable device pinpoints surprising
sources of worker dust exposure
Aided by the Helmet-CAM, NIOSH researchers describe surprising sources of dust in the miner’s day in September’s Mining Engineering: “Helmet-Cam: tool for assessing miners’ respirable dust exposure.” Sources include hopper position and break room chairs. Read this article, daily news updates, daily metal prices and more at MEOnline.

Watch your mail for the 2014 SME dues bill and pay online!
Dues bills for SME were mailed in early September and are available online. Make sure 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.

Carbon Management Technology Conference
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, 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.

SME Congressional Fellowship application period approaching
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.

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.
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

Bigger and better
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:
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.

Washington Updates

House Republicans float bill to block EPA power plant emissions rule
On Sept. 19, ten pro-coal House Republicans, led by Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R), introduced legislation to block U.S. EPA regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The legislation, H.R. 3140, would essentially prohibit such rules unless much of the rest of the world agrees to similar restrictions. Capito, who is running for Senate, is blasting EPA for preventing the construction of new coal-fired power plants. As a result, she says, the Obama administration is making her state's mining job situation worse while also putting the country at a disadvantage. The ten co-sponsors include vocal EPA opponents from coal mining states such as Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Andy Barr (R-KY), Hal Rogers (R-KY), David McKinley (R-WV) and Bill Johnson (R-OH). Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), whose home state of Kentucky has seen significant coal mining layoffs, tried to push a vote on legislation to also block EPA's rulemaking; however, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) objected.

House to take up copper land swap bill
The House this week will take up H.R. 687, a deeply controversial bill, that would approve a land swap to facilitate the development of a large copper mine near Superior, Ariz. Sponsored by Arizona Reps. Paul Gosar (R) and Ann Kirkpatrick (D), the bill would swap more than 2,000 acres of federal forestland for more than 5,000 acres owned by Resolution Copper Mining LLC, a joint venture between Rio Tinto PLC and BHP Billiton Ltd. If approved, the mine could become the largest copper extraction facility in North America, producing more than 1 billion pounds of copper every year. Gosar and Kirkpatrick are touting their joint support for the bill as an example of bipartisan cooperation in the House. Other Democrats, worried about effects on the environment and Native American resources, oppose the measure. In the Senate, Arizona Republican Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake are backing the legislation.

House passes strategic minerals bill that streamlines permitting process
On Sept. 18, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 761, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act, by a bipartisan vote of 246-178. This legislation, sponsored by Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV), would allow the U.S. to more efficiently develop America’s strategic and critical minerals, such as rare earth elements, that are vital to job creation, American economic competitiveness and national security. H.R. 761 sets the total review process for permitting a mine on federal lands at 30 months. The bill defines strategic and critical minerals as those that are necessary for national defense and national security requirements; for the nation’s energy infrastructure, including pipelines, refining capacity, electrical power generation and transmission, and renewable energy production; to support domestic manufacturing, agriculture, housing, telecommunications, healthcare and transportation infrastructure; or for the nation’s economic security and balance of trade.

EPA News
EPA proposes strict emission limits for new coal-fired power plants
On Sept. 20, EPA issued a proposed rule to cut carbon emissions from new power plants. The proposal calls for new coal-fired units to meet a limit of 1,100 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour. There is a separate, less stringent standard for natural gas-fired power plants. Even the most efficient coal-fired power plant would have to cut 40 percent of its carbon emissions to meet this standard. In proposing new emission standards for these operations, EPA determined that partial carbon capture and sequestration is the best system of emissions reductions for power plants. However, widespread commercial use of CCS technologies is still not viable. While more than two dozen states have set energy efficiency targets to reduce carbon emissions, there are no national limits on the amount of carbon pollution new power plants can emit. The agency opened a 60-day comment period, including holding a public hearing. EPA will issue proposed standards for existing power plants by June 1, 2014.

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