TX Mining Monthly
September 2018
"Staying Positive" is a common encouragement we often hear, often tell ourselves and others. For ALL of our TMRA Members 2018 is certainly a year for Staying Positive.
A Sun Coast Lubricant Audit May Reduce Costs
Sun Coast Resources Inc.
In dust-laden environments, your heavy equipment is at risk for lubricant contamination that could result in down time and repair costs. If you’re unsure your lubricants are stored properly or even concerned you don’t have the right lubricants to meet OEM requirements, a Sun Coast Certified Lubrication Specialist can conduct a Lubrication Audit. Contact us to schedule today.
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As a long-standing member of TMRA and supporter of mining in Texas, HDR is adding technical staff to meet client needs. In 2017 and 2018 HDR has added three full-time staff to help round out technical abilities and balance work load across the Texas offices. All new staff members will be MSHA trained; with two already trained and supporting the Texas lignite mining industry.
ROMCO Equipment Company
Waukesha-Pearce Industries, LLC
Industry News
Two letters were sent to the Secretary of Energy recently that were signed by 10 current or former state Public Service Commissioners and four former senior Department of Energy officials. These letters applauded Secretary Perry for his efforts to highlight concerns with risks to the resilience of the electric grid and urged him to take steps to prevent the retirement of more fuel secure coal-fired power plants. Click below to read the two letters. 
TMRA urges the government to look at the connection between domestic uranium extraction and national security, showing that by supplying our own domestic needs, rather than importing, we create a a safer country.

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The National Mining Association (NMA) awarded the 2017 Sentinels of Safety Award to the Luminant Kosse Mine for outstanding safety performance in the Large Surface Coal Group.
Tex-Con Oil Company
Komatsu Mining
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Regulatory Update
The National Mining Association (NMA) has filed comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) on increasing consistency and transparency in considering costs and benefits in the rulemaking process.
A recent report from EY reveals that 97% of mining companies admit their current cybersecurity systems do not meet their needs, despite 55% of mining operators experiencing a significant cybersecurity incident in 2016. Do mining companies need to wake up to the cyber threat?
The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) has announced the winners of its 2018 Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Awards. This year’s winning projects represent the nation’s highest achievements in abandoned mine land (AML) reclamation, demonstrating innovative reclamation techniques and completing reclamation that resulted in outstanding on-the-ground performance.
Recruitment and Hiring
Jobs in goods-producing industries — mining, construction and manufacturing — grew 3.3 percent in the year preceding July, the best rate since 1984. Blue-collar jobs, long a small and shrinking part of the U.S. economy, are now growing at a faster clip than those in the nation's much larger service economy.
In an industry such as mining where improving efficiency and productivity is crucial to profitability, even small improvements in yields, speed and efficiency can make an extraordinary impact. Mining companies basically produce interchangeable commodities. Artificial intelligence and machine learning can help mining companies find minerals to extract, a critical component of any smart mining operation.
Legislative Update
In August, the U.S. District Court in South Carolina issued a summary judgment against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) two-year delay of the 2015 Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS). The rule was reinstated in all but 24 states, which have earlier judicial stays. However, the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) says it’s unlikely WOTUS will be in effect for long.
Hal Quinn, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Mining Association (NMA), has issued a statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed replacement rule, stating, "Through the replacement rule, the EPA has returned to a lawful framework for regulation of power plant emissions."
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Oct 2018
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TIME: 6 am on Oct. 28 to 11:45 pm on Oct. 30
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