TX Mining Monthly
June 2022
The global demand for minerals has placed a spotlight on the need for a stronger industrial base, one that includes more domestic production and processing of metals that are critical for a modern society. Our level of dependence on Russian uranium for nuclear power and on China for rare earths and a full range of materials required for electric vehicles is both outsized and unnecessary. Despite the critical role of minerals in securing our country’s economic future and the protection of our planet, the U.S. continues to delay many high-value mining projects while deepening our import dependence for the materials they provide.
The National Mining Association (NMA) today released polling that shows, in the face of rising warnings over rolling blackouts, nearly 8 in 10 voters – including a majority of Democrats, Republicans and Independents – want the U.S. government to take action to prevent premature closings of functioning power plants until replacement generating capacity is built and online. The same polling found that nearly 9 in 10 voters are also concerned about rising electricity rates.
If we’ve learned one thing from Putin’s illegal war, it’s that Energy Security is our most invaluable strategic advantage. The Europeans ignored it for decades, and it has exploded on them in the worst possible way. In fact, Energy Security is now being seen for exactly what it has always been: the basis of National Security. Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor should’ve taught us that reality over 80 years ago. So, the silver lining in Putin’s illegal war is that it’s been a great wakeup for the West.
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Industry News
A new processing plant for rare earth minerals will begin operating in Texas in the next three years, according to Lynas Rare Earths. Unlike previous deals the company struck with the federal government, this upcoming plant will be funded entirely by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).
In a funky group of office buildings in Reston, Virginia sits the US Geological Survey (USGS), a bureau of the Department of the Interior that "provides science about the natural hazards that threaten lives and livelihoods; the water, energy, minerals, and other natural resources we rely on; the health of our ecosystems and environment; and the impacts of climate and land-use change."
Electric reliability means being able to keep the lights on 24/7 and the air conditioner running. However, two-thirds of the country faces the prospect of temporary blackouts this summer when electricity demand intensifies. Prematurely retiring coal-fired power plants and replacing them with less dependable wind and solar power is one of the reasons for this crisis. Click below to read a sampling of comments about the crisis.

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As the Mine Safety and Health Administration works to develop a standard on worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica, the agency has launched an enforcement initiative aimed at boosting protections against the hazardous material. Under the recently announced initiative, MSHA will conduct spot inspections at coal and metal and nonmetal mines "with a history of repeated silica overexposures," while expanding silica sampling at mines and offering compliance assistance to mine operators.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will award up to $1,000,000 in funds to mines. The Brookwood-Sago grant program focuses on educating and training miners on "unsafe and unhealthy working conditions." The grants can be used for many facets of training, including building training materials, recruiting people and implementing the training, and more.
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International Women in Mining (IWiM) recently announced the successful launch of the annual International Day of Women in Mining (IDWIM) campaign. Under the theme #CelebrateWIM #CelebrateHer, the event saw women in mining organizations, mining companies, industry organizations and individual women host an array of celebrations virtually and in-person to commemorate the day across the world.
As renewable energy gains popularity for the future, coal is often demonized as administrations and groups call for "cleaner" options. This has been detrimental for small communities that often rely on mining, power plants and related industries as economic drivers.
Legislative Update
The Biden administration is pushing lawmakers to support a $4.3 billion plan to buy enriched uranium directly from domestic producers to wean the US off Russian imports of the nuclear-reactor fuel, according to a person familiar with the matter. Shares of uranium companies surged.
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