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WOMEN'S MINING COALITION
April 12-17, 2015
Forty members of the Women’s Mining Coalition (WMC) from 16 states traveled to Washington D.C. for its 23rd annual Fly-In for meetings on Capital Hill during the week of April 13, 2015. The women work in the hardrock, coal and industrial minerals industries and for companies that provide goods and services to mining companies. Read More
During the Fly-In WMC members work hard to educate the members of Congress about the importance of a robust domestic mining industry.
Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) proposed a comprehensive energy bill that included amnbedments that will promote U.S. global competitiveness by removing inefficiencies and duplication from the mine permitting process. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed the bi-partisan energy bill, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 out of Committee by a bipartisan vote of 18 to 4. Some of the amendments are favorable to mining.
New Mineral Investment Survey Warns of Dangers of U.S. Permit Delays
A new survey documenting mineral investment trends in 25 countries ranks the United States as one of the more attractive destinations for investors, but warns of risks associated with permitting delays and political stability. Read More
Stream Protection Rule
The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) will be holding six public hearings on its recently proposed Stream Protection Rule (SPR) "to allow stakeholders an opportunity to give feedback on the rule.” See http://www.osmre.gov/programs/rcm/streamprotectionrule.shtm for more information on the rule and the hearing sessions.
Good Samaritan Legislation Answer to Animas River Spill Says NMA
The EPA-caused spill of pressurized mine water from the Gold King mine in Colorado into the Animas River has prompted an extended debate about legislative initiatives and broader hardrock mining policies to address legacy mines and mine reclamation. NMA has been actively engaged to turn the discussion to Good Samaritan legislation and sharpen the distinctions between legacy mines and modern mining. Read More
U.S. Mining Policy & Global Competitiveness.
Mark Fellows, director of consulting at SNL Metals & Mining, explains how protracted mine permitting delays deter investment in new mines, cost communities jobs and make it difficult for U.S. manufacturers to access the materials they need. Fellows offers his support to a legislative solution that addresses regulatory delays and inefficiencies in the mine permitting process
SUPREME COURT Rules on Michigan VS EPA - June 29, 2015
The Supreme Court ruled against the EPA rules for power plants. The EPA made rules to regulate mercury emissions from power plants without an economic analysis, including cost of compliance and cost to consumers. The decision said that EPA must consider cost —including cost of compliance—before deciding whether regulation is appropriate and necessary. Read the Decision.
REPORT: Permitting, Economic Value and Mining in the United States
Prepared for The National Mining Association
Mining companies accept that there will always be some element of delay during the development period and will build appropriate contingency and mitigation measures into their business plan. However, delays for unforeseen reasons, or the delays to the expected process, are a real problem for the industry, and by extension, the U.S. economy as a whole.
-- Unexpected delays in the permitting process alone reduce a typical mining project’s value by more than one-third.
-- The higher costs and increased risk that often arise from a prolonged permitting process can cut the expected value of a mine in half before production even begins.
-- The combined impact of unexpected, and open-ended, delays and higher costs and risks can lead to mining projects becoming financially unviable.
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We provide members of Congress and other policy makers with facts about the modern mining industry, and the importance of mining to the U.S. economy and our daily lives. WMC members document the industry's commitment to resource stewardship and environmentally responsible mining.
A strong mining industry is vitally important to America. WMC members deliver the message that jobs all across the country depend on mining, and that today's regulations and modern technology ensure state-of-the-art environmental protection at U.S. mines. WMC members provide policy makers with first-hand information about the technological advancements and environmental stewardship of today's mining industry.
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