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NMA President and CEO to testify on mining permitting before Congress

April 26, 2012

At 3 p.m. today, I will testify before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources in support of the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012 (H.R. 4402), legislation introduced by Rep. Mark Amodei of Nevada to address the length, complexity and uncertainty of the mining permitting process—the primary reasons investors give for not investing in U.S. minerals mining.

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Mining companies’ struggle to fill vacancies highlights job opportunities in sector

April 25, 2012

Bloomberg reported that mining companies around the world are struggling to find qualified mining professionals to fill vacancies in a variety of positions due to the latest mining boom. Companies are looking for employees at all levels, and benefits of working in the industry include high base salaries and signing bonuses.

 

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China to face serious shortage of key minerals

April 23, 2012

In an exclusive interview with China’s official state news agency, Xinhua, Chinese Minister of Land and Resources Xu Shaoshi reported that China will face a serious shortage of mineral resources by 2020 as it consumes larger quantities of minerals to promote industrialization, urbanization and agricultural modernization.

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American innovation impacted by mineral import reliance

April 19, 2012

Forbes.com published an op-ed yesterday by Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, that emphasized the importance of rare earth minerals to technological innovation. Shapiro cited a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers study, which found that “78 percent of CEO respondents in the high-tech industry said that they perceive minerals and metals scarcity as a pressing issue for their company.”

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New study shows economic benefits of Florence Copper

April 19, 2012

A new study estimates that a proposed in situ copper project in Florence, Ariz., will have a total economic impact of more than $2.2 billion. The Arizona State University Economic Impact Study also found that the project will create and support an annual average of 681 Arizona jobs during the project’s development and generate $325 million in taxes and royalties to Arizona governments.

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From Twitter

@techmetals’ Gareth Hatch says the US #mining permitting process needs to be reformed to boost the economy: ow.ly/M4ZSc
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With "properties of strength, lightweight & corrosion resistance," dawning of the titanium age is near via @Forbes: onforb.es/1OkOw5Z
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Why #minerals are essential for sustaining strong national defense: ow.ly/LXQTU via NMA Pres & CEO Hal Quinn, Republic of #Mining
22 Apr

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