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WOMEN'S MINING COALITION
May 19-23, 2014
During the Fly-In WMC members work hard to educate the members of Congress about the importance of a robust domestic mining industry. More details on the Fly-In.
“U.S. Mines to Market.”
by SNL Metals & Mining
The National Mining Association commissioned SNL Metals & Mining to prepare this study. From the report:
"A key finding of this report relates to a gross structural mismatch between domestic mineral supply and demand. Although the United States is a major mining country, it enjoys a much higher global ranking as a manufacturer than it does as a miner.
"The United States is the world’s largest manufacturing nation, followed closely by China and Germany. Value added to gross domestic product (GDP) by major American industries that consume processed mineral materials was $2.4 billion, or 14 percent of total GDP in 2013.
"Given its world-class mineral resources and reserves, the United States has the potential to supply even more of the minerals needed to satisfy this domestic manufacturing demand. Yet the United States is only the seventh largest global producer of metallic and industrial minerals, producing $74.3 billion worth of mineral raw materials (including industrial minerals) in 2013.
"The country is a top-ten producer for a number of metals (including copper, gold, silver, zinc and iron ore), but it is import-dependent on numerous key materials that are essential for manufacturing (most notably lithium, platinum, zinc, cobalt and rare earth elements)."
The complete report is available from the National Mining Association here.
WMC Members Visiting Senators and Representatives during August Break
Sara Pickens, Cheri Bayer, Jill Howard, Sen. Jim Risch (Idaho), Mary Jane Tihonovich, Carolyn Turner, and Hannah Mihara
Amodei meets with Women’s Mining Coalition
August 16, 2014 ELKO — During his visit to Elko on Thursday, U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei set aside time to talk with the Women’s Mining Coalition about legislation and public lands issues. “A big reason you wake up in the morning in this district is for public lands issues,” Amodei said. “... That is the beast.”
Representatives from the coalition spoke with Amodei regarding current Environmental Protection Agency actions, a proposed dirt tax and a potential sage-grouse listing. Ann Carpenter, WMC adviser, also asked Amodei about the current movement on the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013. The bill would require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct an assessment of the nation’s capability to meet demands for minerals.
“There are scheduled right now —this is subject to change — between Aug. 1 and Dec. 31, 27 days that we’re supposed to be on the floor,” Amodei said. “... At the pace this outfit works, that’s not very much time.” Read More
The Time is NOW to Comment on EPA's 404c Actions in Bristol Bay Alaska
On July 18, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Proposed Determination Pursuant to Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act on the Pebble Deposit Area. The agency's intention is to preemptively place restrictions on development of a mine at Pebble, however, they are effectively a veto of a mine at Pebble. EPA has opened a 60-day comment period soliciting input on the Proposed Determination, with written comments being accepted through September 19, 2014. More
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