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SME issues technical briefing on industrial minerals’ impact on US economy
On October 16, SME issued a new technical briefing paper highlighting the impacts of the U.S. industrial minerals industry on the U.S. economy. Key findings of this paper are that industrial minerals are responsible for $33.5 billion of the $232 billion value that mining adds to the U.S. economy on an annual basis. Further, this key mining sector directly employs 68,000 workers. American manufacturers are 100 percent dependent on imports for 19 key minerals, and more than 50 percent import-dependent for an additional 24 mined materials – many of which are industrial minerals. Furthermore, as the U.S. economy continues to recover, the technical briefing paper states that manufacturing, construction and agriculture will drive demand for increased use of industrial minerals that will fuel the nation’s domestic engine of growth. SME’s technical papers are fact-based, technical, nonpartisan briefings that are distributed to the media, elected officials and other SME stakeholder groups to help them make informed decisions on issues related to mining and minerals.

Call for nominations - SME Distinguished Members, Class of 2015
SME is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Class of SME Distinguished Members, to be inducted at our 2015 Annual Meeting in Denver, CO. Distinguished Member Award criteria, a list of past recipients and the downloadable nomination form may be found here. Submit your nomination via email to by Monday, December 2, 2013.

Distinguished Members of the Class of 2014 - to be inducted at our 2014 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT - are as follows: Joseph Driscoll, Deepak Malhotra, Rohini Sharma and William Warfield.

SME Student Members: Do you need money?
Check out the WAAIME Scholarship!
Need money for next school year (2014-2015)? Be sure to apply for the WAAIME Scholarship if you meet its eligibility criteria. Over the past two years, 97.3% of WAAIME scholarship applicants (182 out of 187) have received funding! Click HERE to review the criteria for the WAAIME Scholarship. If you are eligible, go to to apply today!

The application deadline for the WAAIME Scholarship and all other scholarships administered by SME and the SME Foundation is coming up on November 1. If you haven’t already started your application, please be sure to do so ASAP. Your application requires two recommendations, and you’ll want to give your recommenders enough time to complete their tasks prior to the November 1 deadline. Visit for complete details on our scholarships and our application/selection processes.

SME Foundation is now accepting donations to the 2014 Silent Auction!
The SMEF Booth in the Exhibit Hall at the Annual Meeting is always a popular stop for attendees, thanks to contributions of unique items from our members. If you have sports memorabilia, historical mining equipment, or unique artifacts or art that you would like to contribute to the auction, please complete the donation form and send it to the Foundation along with your item.
Thank you in advance for all of your support.

MEC’s new “Minerals in Your Everyday Life” mini-lessons
Four activity mini-lessons containing information and thought-provoking questions related to the minerals needed to produce a television, a cell phone, a bicycle and equipment used to play soccer can be found at The production of all of these items depends on many mineral resources from countries all over the world. MEC’s four new activity pages contain mini-lessons for students to use math, geography and critical thinking skills in their understanding of the importance of minerals and mining in their everyday lives.

SME President promotes mine tourism
SME President Jessica Elzea Kogel recently visited the Greek Island of Milos to attend the 6th Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development in the Minerals Industry. What she found was a natural laboratory for probing the issue of the public's perception of environmental and social consequences of mining.

Read her column in this month's Mining Engineering magazine, available to members at
Partial leaching of coal pyrite for more efficient processing
Researchers from West Virginia University investigate the processing of coal in “Two-stage coal flotation to remove pyritic sulfur, arsenic, selenium and mercury,” in the latest issue of Minerals & Metallurgical Processing.

Fall is the best time of year to subscribe to M&MP, as new subscribers receive the November 2013 issue along with the four 2014 issues. Visit today to subscribe!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

2:00 p.m. MDT
Dirk van der Wal
Mining director, FEI
“On-site mineralogy for metallurgists.”

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
9:00 a.m. MST
Tammy R. Whiston
Managing partner, Cason Group LLC
“Networking novice to pro.”
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

9:00 a.m. MST
Ingar Walder
Professor, New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM
“Mine waste characterization.”

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
9:00 a.m. MST
Roussos Dimitrikouplos
Professor, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
“Strategic mine planning under uncertainty: from complex orebodies and single mines to mining complexes.”

For details and to register, go to:

One of SME’s best networking tools: online mentoring
Would you like to bridge the gap among industry professionals? The power of mentoring creates a one-of-a-kind opportunity for collaboration, goal achievement and problem solving. Mentoring is a special relationship in which experienced professionals support younger members in developing specific skills and knowledge that will enhance their career and personal growth.

Please join us at the Mentoring Meeting Place, scheduled for Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Salt Palace Convention Center. For more information or to apply for the 2014 SME Annual Meeting Mentor Program, contact Mona Vandervoort, SME Education Coordinator, 1-800-763-3132, ext. 227,

Save the date: Tickets go on sale November 4
Tickets for the SME Foundation Annual Gala Dinner are limited this year and are expected to sell out quickly. $10 of the ticket price includes automatic entry into a drawing for an AMAZING door prize — a Best Buy shopping spree! Be a table sponsor!
Watch your mail for 2014 SME dues bill and pay online!
Dues bills for SME were mailed in early September! Make certain you are using all the valuable resources to which you are entitled. SME values its members and we look forward to your continued membership. Pay online and save time and money!

Upcoming Conferences

New: SME Annual Meeting to offer PDH credit
Complete meeting details, including registration, housing, program, short courses and field trips will be available next week at Look for the preliminary program sent with your November issue of Mining Engineering magazine. For the first time, SME will offer professional development hour (PDH) credit for session attendance at the Annual Meeting. Those interested can register for this program when registering for the meeting. Certificates and transcripts will be available at the conference or for a limited time afterward.

What: 2014 SME Annual Meeting & Exhibit
Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT
When: February 23-26, 2014
Best conference for southwest mining
From a new short course on geostatistics and resource estimation to keynote speeches from Rod Pace (president & CEO, Rosemont Copper Co.) and Richard Ducote (community manager, Freeport-McMoRan), this promises to be another conference you won’t want to miss. Technical session topics include blasting, mining, Mexico, environmental, geology and more. For more details or to register, click here.

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

Cutting Edge 2013: MEGAPROJECTS
What: Cutting Edge 2013: MEGAPROJECTS
November 3-5, 2013
Where: The Westin Seattle,
Seattle, WA

Registration and housing are now open, so be sure to reserve your spot today! Complete details and registration information available at: Cutting Edge 2013: MEGAPROJECTS.
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. To submit an abstract, click here.

More states considering metal mining operations
Although prices of some metals and other commodities have softened over the last 18 months or so, companies are moving forward with several key projects around the country in states that normally would not have previously considered reopening the debate on mining. Maine has become the latest front in the nationwide battle over regulations meant to encourage mining while also protecting the environment. The Maine Board of Environmental Protection is considering regulations to encourage metals mining in the state, in a process backed by Gov. Paul LePage (R). The debate comes on the heels of other states' accommodating metals mining interests. Earlier this year, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed controversial legislation to update his state's iron mining laws. Last month, New Mexico regulators voted to adopt new water pollution regulations backed by the state's copper industry and Gov. Susana Martinez (R). In Minnesota, PolyMet Mining Inc. is proposing the state's first sulfide mine to extract copper and nickel. It's part of what industry backers hope will be a renewed mining rush around the Great Lakes.

Coal to surpass oil as global economy's key fuel by 2020
According to the energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie, coal will surpass oil as the key fuel for the global economy by 2020, despite government efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Global coal consumption is expected to rise by 25 percent by the end of the decade to 4.5 billion metric tons of oil equivalent, overtaking oil at 4.4 billion metric tons. China, already the top consumer, will drive two-thirds of the growth in global coal use this decade. Half of China's power generation capacity to be built between 2012 and 2020 will be coal-fired. China has no alternative to coal, with its domestic gas output limited and with liquefied natural gas imports costlier than coal. Rising demand in China and India for cheap energy sources to fuel their respective economies will push coal past oil. Coal demand in the United States, Europe and the rest of Asia will hold steady, according to Wood Mackenzie’s presentation at the World Energy Conference on October 14. Abundant supply and faltering demand are also supporting coal's resurgence, as global coal prices have slumped this year.

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