Link between mine permitting reform, national security 

The following is an op-ed from Minerals Make Life and has been edited only for space and style. Lithium. Copper. Nickel. What do you think of when you hear those minerals? Most people hear “lithium” and immediately think of electric vehicles – in particular, the batteries that power them. However, well-known minerals often have uses beyond what most people expect.…

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RETHINKING MINE WATER MANAGEMENT FOR STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE

Mine operators are looking to technology to solve a rising demand for water resulting from changing regulations or in areas of water scarcity. Xylem director of sales and services Ken Albaugh details the quandaries and solutions.  As the global economy grows hungry for the raw materials that help power electric vehicles, wind turbines, solar panels and other technologies, the mining…

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IS AMERICA HOSTAGE TO CHINA FOR THE CRITICAL MATERIALS NEEDED FOR EVS?

Globally recognized critical elements expert and executive chairman of the Critical Minerals Institute Jack Lifton says, at this time, yes. What will America’s next response be? The twilight of domestic American process engineering is the major impediment to a secure domestic supply of critical minerals, refined metals, alloys, fine chemicals and the manufactured items dependent on them.  The Chinese economy…

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Western announces Utah plant

Western Uranium & Vanadium recently announced the acquisition of property in Utah to build a state-of-the-art mineral processing plant. Site and facility design and permitting have begun. The facility will be designed and constructed to recover uranium, vanadium and cobalt from ore mined both from mines owned by Western and ore produced by other miners. It will utilize the latest…

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Mining companies are increasingly looking to electrification to reduce carbon emissions. In underground mining, this switch offers several other additional benefits. But making the change at existing operations is not without its challenges.  By Jonathan Rowland  Electrification is nothing new in underground mining. Benefits include an improved work environment, with lower air emissions, heat, and noise, and thus reduced costs…

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Hunting treasure – creatively

Welcome to our penultimate edition of North American Mining magazine for 2022. As autumn enters in the Northern Hemisphere and we all begin to think about year-end tasks, it was a natural transition for my mind to give pause to a crucial factor that drives many publications, arguably making or breaking its success: creativity. What that means for you: we…

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Rio Tinto invests $55M to add underground mining at Kennecott

Rio Tinto has announced a major growth plan for its Kennecott copper complex outside of Salt Lake City, Utah – an expansion to mining that will also take its efforts underground, which it said holds “potential for significant and attractive underground development.” The miner has earmarked US$55 million for the landmark transition project on the century-old mine and said it…

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