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Dyno Nobel, Inc. Receives NMA’s CORESafety Certification

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Mining Association (NMA) today recognized Dyno Nobel’s achievement of independent certification under its CORESafety® system. Dyno Nobel Inc., a global manufacturer of explosives, is the first non-mining company to receive independent certification under NMA’s signature... Read More

Coeur Mining Receives NMA’s CORESafety Certification

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Mining Association (NMA) today recognized Coeur Mining, Inc. for receiving independent certification under its CORESafety® system. “NMA congratulates Coeur Mining on this noteworthy achievement,” said Hal Quinn, president and CEO of NMA. “Coeur has proven it is fully... Read More

NMA Exposes Deep Flaws in EPA’s 2017 Financial Assurance Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to impose new financial responsibility requirements on the hardrock mining and mineral processing industry is wholly without merit, claimed the National Mining Association (NMA) today in voluminous comments filed with the agency.... Read More

NMA Applauds President’s Energy Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. mining industry applauded the administration’s bold emphasis on creating a robust market for all sources of domestic energy that the president highlighted in his energy speech today. “A strong energy industry is a goal that will benefit all Americans and is achievable without... Read More

NMA Welcomes Proposal to Axe Illegal WOTUS Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued this statement following today’s announcement of the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers’ proposal to repeal the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule and recodify the definition of... Read More

NMA Applauds Secretary Zinke’s Land Use Planning Review

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn today applauded the decision by Interior Secretary Zinke to review federal land use plans and their potential for blocking multiple-use management required by federal law: “Secretary Zinke made a responsible decision... Read More

NMA Welcomes President's Infrastructure Initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Mining Association (NMA) president and CEO Hal Quinn commented today on the importance of permit reform to President Trump’s infrastructure initiative: “President Trump’s welcome initiative to rebuild America’s declining infrastructure is poised to spur activity and... Read More

NMA Urges Reform of Broken Program for Abandoned Coal Mines

AML management is equally inefficient and ineffective WASHINGTON, D.C. – The chief executive of the national trade association representing the U.S. coal industry today told a congressional panel that the federal program funded by the coal industry to help clean up old abandoned coal mines has been... Read More

Newmont Mining Receives Top Mining Industry Safety Certification

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Mining Association (NMA) today recognized Newmont Mining Corporation for receiving independent certification under its CORESafety® system. “We congratulate Newmont on this noteworthy achievement and want to recognize and thank Gary Goldberg for his role in the development... Read More

NMA Applauds EPA Stay of Duplicative ELG Rule

Washington, D.C. - The National Mining Association (NMA) today applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) issuance of an administrative stay, delaying implementation of the final 2015 Effluent Limitations Guidelines (ELG) rule for steam electric plants pending the agency’s review. An... Read More

NMA Hails Pruitt’s Support for Coal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Mining Association (NMA) president and CEO Hal Quinn issued the following statement regarding EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s visit today at the Harvey Mine and training complex in Pennsylvania: “It’s encouraging to hear a senior government official recognize the contribution... Read More

NMA Urges Action to Counter Increasing Mineral Import Reliance

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn offered the following comment on today’s Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources’ examination of U.S. import dependence for minerals: “With increasing calls to support U.S. businesses and manufacturing, a natural... Read More

NMA Welcomes Secretary of the Interior

WASHINGTON, D.C.– National Mining Association (NMA) president and CEO Hal Quinn issued the following statement after Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) was confirmed to be the nation’s next Secretary of the Interior: “Our congratulations go to Secretary Zinke on his confirmation as Secretary of the Interior. “His... Read More

President Hits the Mark in Speech to Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Mining Association (NMA) president and CEO Hal Quinn issued this statement applauding President Trump’s speech last night to a joint session of Congress: “America’s miners applaud the president for his steadfast support for policies that stimulate economic opportunity,... Read More

NMA Welcomes Executive Order on WOTUS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued this statement following President Trump’s signature of an executive order beginning the process of unwinding the Obama administration's controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The WOTUS rule expands federal... Read More

NMA Welcomes a New Leader at EPA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Mining Association (NMA) president and CEO Hal Quinn issued the following statement on the Senate vote to confirm former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): “The mining community welcomes Mr. Pruitt to Washington... Read More

U.S. Mines Complete Safest Year Ever, Besting Last Year’s Record

Washington, D.C. – 2016 marks the safest year ever for American miners. Together, coal mines and metal/non-metal mines last year recorded the lowest fatality and injury rates in the history of U.S. mining – a sign of continuous improvement for an industry that saw a record low the previous year. The... Read More

Cloud Peak Energy Receives CORESafety® Certification

Washington, D.C.—The National Mining Association (NMA) today recognized Cloud Peak Energy for receiving independent certification under its CORESafety® system. The CORESafety framework is a mining safety and health program that emphasizes accident prevention using a risk-based management system,... Read More

NMA Strongly Opposes Interior Department's Duplicative Stream Rule

Trade group seeks prompt congressional action to spare more job losses WASHINGTON, DC—The National Mining Association (NMA) today expressed its strong opposition to the Interior Department’s stream rule, calling on Congress to swiftly pass a Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval and the... Read More

NMA Recognizes National Miners Day

New Polling Underscores the Importance of Mining to American Life WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Mining Association (NMA) today recognized National Miners Day, a day established to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices of our nation’s miners. “What many Americans don’t realize is that the... Read More

For NMA, a New Administration and a New Congress Means a New Beginning

The U.S. mining industry looks forward to working with the Trump administration and the 115th Congress on a wide range of issues of mutual interest. Meeting the needs of the American people cannot be accomplished without a robust mining industry. And a robust mining industry is only possible with reasonable... Read More

NMA Hails Court Decision in Murray Energy Corp. v. McCarthy

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Mining Association (NMA) hailed a federal court decision in Murray Energy Corp. v. McCarthy ordering the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to submit a plan for conducting the evaluations of job losses related to the agency’s regulations. NMA filed a brief with the U.S.... Read More

Peabody Energy First to Receive Top Mining Industry Safety Certification

LAS VEGAS, NEV.—The National Mining Association (NMA) today recognized Peabody Energy for being the first company to be independently certified under its CORESafety® system. “This is a significant accomplishment by Peabody,” said Hal Quinn, president and chief executive officer of NMA. “The company... Read More

NMA Remarks on the Clean Power Plan’s Day in the D.C. Circuit

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn remarked on today’s arguments before the D.C. Circuit Court challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan:  “Few regulatory issues before the D.C. Circuit carry such far-reaching economic consequences as the Clean... Read More

NMA Honors U.S. Mine Safety and Technology Leaders

Twenty Mines Receive NMA’s 2015 "Sentinels of Safety" and NIOSH Technology Awards LAS VEGAS – Nineteen American mining operations – six coal mines and 13 mineral/metal mines – are the recipients of the National Mining Association’s "Sentinels of Safety” awards in recognition of their outstanding mine... Read More

NMA Highlights 10 Things to Know about the Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C.– On Sept. 27, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments on the administration’s so-called Clean Power Plan (CPP). The proceedings will be followed closely by stakeholders across the country. The National Mining Association (NMA) challenged the rule and has summarized ten... Read More

NMA Observes CPP’s First Anniversary

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn today remarked on the first anniversary of the administration’s Clean Power Plan unveiled by the president Aug. 3, 2015: “The first year of this reckless rule shows why the Clean Power Plan (CPP) should not have a second. “The CPP... Read More

Mining Group Decries Administration’s Unwarranted Land Withdrawal

Proposed 10-million-acre withdrawal is economically harmful and unnecessary to protect the sage grouse or its habitat, says NMA’s senior attorney. Washington, D.C.—National Mining Association (NMA) Senior Vice President and General Counsel Katie Sweeney will tell a Senate panel this afternoon that... Read More

White House Economists Commit Political Malpractice to Keep Coal in Ground

Washington, D.C. ̶ Today’s report from the White House Council of Economic Advisors is the latest assault from the “Keep It in the Ground” movement. This collaboration between the Obama administration and extreme environmental interests again demonstrates the White House working overtime to advance more... Read More

NMA Supports Good Samaritan Bill to Accelerate Clean Up of Legacy Mines

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued the following statement today in support of the “Locatable Minerals Claim Location and Maintenance Fees Act,” a bill by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) scheduled for mark up this week by the House Natural Resources Committee: “Subcommittee... Read More

NMA Applauds House Opposition to Economically Destructive Carbon Tax

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued the following statement today in support of today’s House resolution against a future carbon tax (H. CON. RES. 89): “The vote today in the House of Representatives against carbon taxes sends a strong signal about our nation’s future... Read More

NMA Urges States to Put Pencils Down on Clean Power Plan

Tomorrow's Senate Hearing to Highlight Clean Power Plan Impacts National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn released the following statement concerning tomorrow’s Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the impact of the Feb. 9 Supreme Court ruling that stayed the... Read More

NMA Welcomes Ashley Burke as New Communications Head

Washington, D.C. – The National Mining Association (NMA) today welcomed Ashley Burke as the mining organization’s senior vice president for communications. Burke will assume responsibilities for NMA’s communications with internal and external audiences, overseeing publications, media relations, social... Read More

NMA: Keeping Coal in the Ground Is Pure Politics, Not Prudent Policy

As a series of public comment meetings get underway today in Wyoming, NMA President and CEO Hal Quinn issued the following statement on the Department of the Interior’s moratorium on new coal lease sales from federal land: “There is no compelling need for a moratorium to ‘fix’ a program that isn’t... Read More

NMA Documents Administration’s Failure to Curb Regulatory Abuse

Washington, D.C. – Despite the many executive orders and directives requiring federal agencies to curb their voracious appetite for regulations that are redundant, inefficient or outdated, a lack of incentives to repeal them has predictably resulted in costly inaction. That is the conclusion of the National... Read More

NMA Remarks on Clinton’s Condemnation of America’s Coal Communities

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn today criticized Hillary Clinton’s reported remarks on the nation’s coal miners in Ohio yesterday: “It is surpassing strange and deeply troubling to hear prominent presidential candidates boast of their determination in office to destroy... Read More

NMA Applauds Congressional Support for Stopping EPA’s Power Grab

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued this statement following today’s “friend of the court” brief by 34 senators and 171 congressmen urging the U.S. Court of Appeals to find the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan unlawful: “More than 200 members... Read More

NMA Applauds High Court’s Stay of Clean Power Plan

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued the following statement following yesterday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to grant the applications of NMA, Murray Energy, states and other parties to stay the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan pending judicial... Read More

NMA Applauds House Action to Save Coal Jobs, Reign in Regulatory Abuse

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn today released the following statement urging Congress to support The Stream Act (HR 1644) by Rep. Alex Mooney, a bill that would protect coal miners from the so-called Stream Protection Rule offered by the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation... Read More

U.S. Mines Complete Safest Year Ever

American Mines Close 2015 with Fewest Annual Fatalities Washington, D.C. – 2015 was the safest year ever for American miners. Together, coal mines and metal/non-metal mines last year recorded the fewest fatalities in the history of American mining. Total mine fatalities were at the lowest number since... Read More

NMA Slams Federal Coal Lease Critics

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn released the following statement concerning today’s House oversight hearings on the federal coal lease program: “Raising the costs of coal leased on federal land is an especially foolish idea. First, by discouraging coal production... Read More

NMA Recognizes National Miners Day

In advance of National Miners Day on Dec. 6, National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn released the following statement: “The National Mining Association is proud to recognize America’s miners and the indispensable contributions they make to our nation’s enviable standard of... Read More

NMA Applauds Congressional Rejection of President’s Costly Climate Plan

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued these comments today following passage of House disapproval resolutions that signify the American people’s rejection of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan presented at the COP 21 this week: “Both houses of Congress have now sent... Read More

NMA Dismisses EPA’s Federal Plan for Power Plants

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued the following statement today before the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) scheduled public hearing in Washington, D.C. on the federal plan for reducing carbon emissions from power plants: “EPA’s federal plan is a cap-and-trade... Read More

NMA Applauds Bi-Partisan Senate CRA Blocking EPA’s Costly Power Plan

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn today released the following statement in support of Senate efforts to pass resolutions under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) that would shield U.S. consumers from the rising electricity prices associated with the Environmental Protection... Read More

Clean Power Plan Will Add $214 Billion to Wholesale Electricity Prices

The second study this month projects significant costs, few benefits, from Obama’s carbon reduction plan for power plants Washington, D.C. - Refuting the Obama administration’s claim that its Clean Power Plan will be virtually cost free, a new analysis of the regulation shows the president’s policy... Read More

NMA Honors U.S. Mine Safety and Technology Leaders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Twenty American mining operations – six coal mines and fourteen mineral/metal mines – won "Sentinels of Safety Awards" awards today in recognition of their outstanding mine safety achievements during 2014. An American mine also won the annual Mine Safety and Health Technology Innovations... Read More

NMA Exposes Critics of Coal Lease Program

Washington, D.C.--Demands this week by Democratic senators that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell raise royalty rates on federal coal sales are based on a “transparent contradiction,” allegations that “are entirely without foundation,” and reports without any factual or analytical rigor, said the National... Read More

Mining Industry Names New Officers for Trade Group

Washington, D.C. The National Mining Association (NMA) elected a new slate of officers at its board of directors and annual members meeting in Washington last week.   NMA Officers for 2016: Chairman – Kevin Crutchfield, Chairman and CEO, Alpha Natural Resources, LLC Vice Chairman – Phillips... Read More

NMA’s Quinn Slams OSM’s “Rule in Search of a Purpose”

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn today told a Senate oversight hearing that the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement’s (OSM) so-called Stream Protection Rule is more about protecting the jobs of regulators than protecting the environment: “The SPR is... Read More

Higher Job Losses Due To Overreaching Regulation

New Federal Stream Protection Rule Will Cost Jobs and Coal Communities Nationwide, Warns National Mining Association WASHINGTON D.C. - A new Obama administration regulation—the so-called Stream Protection Rule—is about to drive up energy costs and unemployment with no gain in environmental benefits,... Read More

NMA Asks Court to Stay EPA’s Destructive Power Plant Rule

Washington, D.C. – In order to prevent significant and imminent harm to scores of states’ economies and millions of consumers nationwide, the National Mining Association (NMA) today asked a federal court to stay the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) controversial Clean Power Plan until legal challenges... Read More

NMA’s Innovative Mine Safety Measures Stymied by Outdated Enforcement

Washington, D.C. – Innovative new safety measures pioneered by the U.S. mining industry are stymied by an outdated regulatory enforcement model from a unwieldy federal bureaucracy, a mine safety expert told a congressional panel today. Bruce Watzman, Senior Vice President for Regulatory Affairs... Read More

NMA Warns Ozone Rule Would Cost Jobs, Growth

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued the following statement today warning of the economic impact of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) pending new standard for ozone (smog): “The new ozone standard continues EPA’s spotless record for irresponsible policies... Read More

Abolishing Affordable Energy Will Not Help the Poor

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. coal industry is mindful of its responsibilities as stewards of the Earth as well as its role in providing people and industries with essential energy. The impressive reductions in power plant emissions, the dramatic improvements in mine safety and the extensive reclamation... Read More

NMA Hits BLM’s Massive Land Withdrawal as Unwarranted, Unwise

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued the following statement regarding today’s announced decision by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to withdraw from mining up to 10 million acres of federal land to protect habitat for the sage grouse: “The Fish and Wildlife... Read More

National Coal Mining Rescue Teams Compete to Showcase Safety Skills

Lexington, Ky. – Leading experts from the nation’s coal mining community put their skills to the test at the 2015 National Coal Mine Rescue, First Aid, Bench and Preshift Competition held Sept. 14-17 at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington, Ky. The 2015 competition featured 65 teams with... Read More

NMA Proposes Practical Solutions for Legacy Mines

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued the following statement as the House and Senate each begin oversight hearings tomorrow on the Animas River spill: “As the House and Senate begin their investigation into the events surrounding the Animas River spill in Colorado... Read More

NMA Urges House to Shield Nation’s Coal Communities from OSM

Washington, D.C. -- The National Mining Association (NMA) today applauded the House Natural Resources Committee for advancing a bill that will stop unnecessary and destructive regulation from further harming coal communities around the country. In a Sept. 8 letter to Chairman Rob Bishop, NMA CEO... Read More

NMA Says Regulation Protects Regulators, Not Streams

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn today issued the following comments on the so-called Stream Protection Rule (SPR) proposed by the U.S. Office of Surface Mining (OSM). The agency is currently holding a series of nationwide “public hearings” to solicit comment on the highly... Read More

NMA Applauds Senate EPW Committee Support of ARENA Act

Washington, D.C. – National Mining Association (NMA) president and CEO Hal Quinn issued this statement following the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee mark-up of the Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act (ARENA Act) sponsored by Senator Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.): “The ARENA Act is a commonsense... Read More

NMA Labels EPA’s Costly Power Plan “Change without Difference”

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn had the following reaction to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Final Clean Power Plan unveiled today: “EPA’s final Clean Power Plan reflects political expediency, not reality for supplying the nation with low cost reliable power. Left... Read More

NMA: Governors Have a Better Choice (Video)

Upcoming EPA Power Plan Regulation Will Usher In Higher Electricity Costs For States, Reduced Grid Reliability WASHINGTON - The upcoming unveiling of the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to impose new far-reaching regulations on emissions of existing power plants promises to bring unwelcome... Read More

NMA Says Court’s Decision on EPA Rule a Win for Common Sense

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn said the Supreme Court’s decision today in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA vindicates growing demands for common sense rulemaking from the Environmental Protection Agency: “Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is a vindication... Read More

Study Finds Permit Delays Harm Mining Investment, Minerals Supply Chain

Protracted delays in the permitting process reduce the value of investment; the longer the delay the greater risk to investors and ultimately to domestic minerals supplies. Washington, D.C. – An eye-opening analysis by SNL Metals & Mining released today shows how delays in the U.S. mine permitting... Read More

NMA Applauds Gov. Pence for Opposing EPA’s Costly Power Plan

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn today applauded Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for his decision to reject the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan: “Gov. Pence deserves the gratitude of all Hoosiers for his decision to reject EPA’s proposed costly power... Read More

Sweeping Land Withdrawal Threatens Minerals Security

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn today issued the following statement on the Department of the Interior’s commencement of the process to withdraw nine million acres of federal lands from new mining claims: “The withdrawal of nearly nine million acres of federal lands... Read More

NMA Warns EPA’s Water Rule Will Jeopardize Economic Growth, Jobs

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued this statement following the release of the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Clean Water Rule, which will expand federal regulatory jurisdiction over waters of the United States (WOTUS) and expose energy and mineral development... Read More

NMA Applauds Senate Stream Buffer Zone Bill

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn today urged Senate support for the “Supporting Transparent Regulatory and Environmental Actions in Mining Act of 2015,” or the STREAM Act of 2015, a bill by Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) that would block the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation... Read More

EIA Report Confirms Costs of EPA’s Power Plant Rule

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued this statement following today’s release of the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) report detailing the harmful economic consequences of the Clean Power Plan: “The EIA report released today should be read by every governor.... Read More

Mining Executive Backs Senate Action to Address Permit Crisis

Washington, D.C. – A mine permit process plagued by uncertainties, duplication and delays has become a major barrier to building a world class supply chain that is increasingly vital to American manufacturing and industrial innovation, a top mining executive told a Senate panel today. Red Conger,... Read More

NMA Shows Congress the Administration’s Regulatory Burden on Mining

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued the following comments today highlighting the association’s response to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs’ request for examples of existing and proposed regulations whose costs exceed anticipated benefits,... Read More

NMA Says NERC Report Confirms EPA Rules Ruin Grid Reliability

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn released the following statement on this week’s publication of the final report on the reliability of the nation’s power grid by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC), the international regulatory authority established to evaluate... Read More

NMA Commends Leader McConnell for Opposing EPA Intimidation

The National Mining Association (NMA) commended Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) today for his amendment clarifying the limits of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to pressure states to accept its proposed Clean Power Plan for reducing carbon emissions from existing... Read More

NMA Applauds Murkowski Bill to Unlock U.S. Mineral Potential

The following statement was released today by National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn applauding the introduction of Senate Energy Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) bill, the “Mineral Security and Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2015,” to secure the nation's... Read More

Polar Vortex 2015 - Close to the Edge (again!)

Get Ready for Higher Bills, Less Reliable Electricity, Says National Mining Association WASHINGTON, - Last winter was one of the harshest, hitting millions of Americans with spikes in their winter utility bills. Unfortunately, here we are, one year later, facing yet another polar vortex. Meteorologists... Read More

NMA: DOE Backs Out on Promise to Fund Zero-Emissions CCS Power Plant

Washington, D.C. -- National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued the following comment on news that the Department of Energy (DOE) is suspending its funding for the FutureGen 2.0 public/private partnership. “The Department of Energy’s decision to back out of its commitment... Read More

NMA’s Quinn Says Coal Outlook Hardened by Administration’s Policies

Washington, D.C. – The difficult adjustments that domestic coal operators are making in a rapidly evolving energy market have been made “immeasurably more difficult” for their employees and mine communities by reckless federal regulations, said Hal Quinn, president and CEO of the National Mining Association... Read More

NMA Responds to the President's Address

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued the following comment on the president’s 6th State of the Union address:   “The president’s desire to help working families, create better jobs and bring home American industries will not be served by policies that continue... Read More

NMA Recognizes National Miners Day

In advance of National Miners Day on Dec. 6, National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn released the following statement: “The National Mining Association is proud to recognize America’s miners and their indispensable role in powering and building our nation. While one day each... Read More

NMA Urges EPA to Withdraw Its “Costly Power Plan”

More expensive, less reliable sources will drive up power prices, says NMA. National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn today urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw its proposed Clean Power Plan. In the following statement, Quinn summarizes NMA’s comments... Read More

NMA Welcomes Supreme Court Decision to Weigh Costs in EPA Rulemaking

In the following statement, National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn welcomes today’s decision by the Supreme Court to hear the association’s appeal for a review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) failure to adequately weigh the costs of its 2012 Mercury and Air Toxics... Read More

NMA Honors U.S. Mine Safety and Technology Leaders

Washington, D.C. – Twenty American mining operations were recognized today for outstanding safety records in 2013. The National Mining Association (NMA) conferred its annual “Sentinels of Safety” awards on metal/nonmetal and coal mines for both surface and underground operations in ceremonies attended... Read More

EPA Doubles Down on Last Winter’s Power Plant Outages

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn today called attention to new findings by the North American Reliability Corp. (NERC) that 35,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity was temporarily idled during last winter’s cold snap. Of far greater concern, says Quinn, should be... Read More

NMA’s Quinn Calls on EPA to Withdraw Flawed Climate Rule

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn joined leaders of a broad industry coalition this morning to call on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw and rework the flawed rule it proposed for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. In the following... Read More

Latest EPA Overreach Reveals Urgent Need for Congress to Act

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed determination under 404(c) of the Clean Water Act (CWA) that would impose preemptive sanctions on potential development of a gold-and-copper mining prospect in Alaska. EPA is taking this action before the mine’s proponents have even submitted... Read More

End-Users Encourage Congress to Advance Critical Minerals Bill

A diverse group of 38 companies and organizations, representing nearly every sector of the American economy, asked Congress today to send critical minerals legislation to President Barack Obama for his signature. The message was delivered in a coalition letter from the 38 signatories representing... Read More

NMA Faults Climate Plan for Raising Costs, Weakening Grid

On Its First Anniversary, the Plan Hurts Rather Than Helps Households, Workers and Industries   National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued the following statement on the first anniversary of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan: “Today the president is meeting... Read More

Coal State Voters Cool to Candidates Backing Power Plant Rules

New Eight-State Survey Cautions Senate Aspirants Washington, D.C. - A survey of likely voters in eight coal-reliant states suggests the Obama administration's climate rule for power plants is not only bad economics, it's also bad politics for senatorial candidates that support it. The results,... Read More

NMA Requests Court Review, Agency Stay of Flawed Coal Dust Rule

Washington, D.C. – The National Mining Association (NMA) has asked a federal appeals court to review the Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) regulation for the control of coal dust in underground coal mines because the rule embodies fundamental legal and technical infirmities in its scope,... Read More

NMA Statement on Cross-State Ruling

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued this statement following today's 6-2 Supreme Court ruling upholding the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Cross-State Air Pollution Rule: "As a party to these proceedings, we are disappointed in the outcome and gravely... Read More

NMA Comments on Federal Coal Dust Standard

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued the following response to the Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) new standards for controlling respirable coal dust in underground coal mines announced by Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez at an event in West Virginia today: "Today's... Read More

New Energy Coalition Advocates for Commonsense Regulatory Policies

On Jan. 30, stakeholders representing virtually every sector of the U.S. economy announced the launch of Partnership for a Better Energy Future, a coalition advocating for a commonsense approach to regulatory policies in order to ensure the continued availability of affordable and reliable energy for... Read More

Mining Can Help the President Help America

Keep Coal as a Pillar of Electricity Generation and Improve Mineral Access Washington, D.C. - The U.S. mining industry today said the administration can unilaterally improve economic prosperity with policies that keep energy supply reliable and affordable. The administration also has the authority... Read More

NMA Welcomes Manchin-Whitfield Bipartisan Approach to Greenhouse Gas Rule

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued the following statement in support of a bill introduced in Congress today by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) that would require the Environmental Protection Agency to base proposed New Source Performance Standards... Read More

NMA Calls EPA’s Power Plant Rule a Reckless Gamble with the Economy

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued the following statement in advance of the publication of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed New Source Performance Standard for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from new coal-based power plants that generate 40... Read More

In Arizona, mining and technology industries are linked

In a guest blog post on Minerals Make Life, Arizona Technology Council president and CEO Steven G. Zylstra Sc.D. (Hon.) discusses how access to minerals is vital for the high-tech industry in Arizona. See the post on the Minerals Make Life site here.Read More

National Miners Day 2013

In 2009, Congress proclaimed Dec. 6 as National Miners Day to celebrate the historic contributions America's miners have made to our country. It is no exaggeration to say that the coal, iron ore, copper and scores of other minerals and metals mined from Appalachia to the coastal West have provided the... Read More

Letter to EPA from Rep. Smith on NSPS Science

Chairman of House Science Committee writes to EPA Administrator highlighting "serious problems" with agency's use of science in NSPS for new plants. In letter to EPA's McCarthy, Rep. Lamar Smith calls for NSPS standards based in science, not politics and highlights "serious problems" by the EPA... Read More

NMA Honors U.S. Mine Safety and Technology Leaders

Washington, D.C. – Twenty American mining operations were recognized today for outstanding safety records in 2012. National Mining Association (NMA), conferred its annual "Sentinels of Safety" awards on both metal/nonmetal and coal surface and underground mining operations). The "Sentinels of... Read More

Count on Coal Marks Successful Rally for American Energy Jobs

Thousands of energy workers and miners Protest EPA's Power Plant Regulations Washington, DC – Count on Coal today released the following statement after hosting more than 3,000 concerned American energy workers at the US Capitol as part of the Rally for American Energy Jobs. More than 30 members of... Read More

Count on Coal Announces Capitol Rally for American Energy Jobs

Washington, DC – Count On Coal today announced it will host a Rally for American Energy Jobs on the West Front of the United States Capitol on October 29th, where thousands of American workers from more than a dozen states will gather to hear remarks by elected officials, energy employees and labor leaders. Hal... Read More

NMA Warns New Power Plant Rules Means Higher Utility Bills

Bans Construction of the Most Efficient Power Plants Built with Today's Best-in-Class Technology To view the full multi-media release, including video and audio content, visit this page. New proposed regulations from the Obama administration will force power plants to abandon the use of coal,... Read More

NMA CEO Says EPA’s Power Plant Rule Gambles with the Economy

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued the following statement with the announcement today of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) New Source Performance Standard, a proposed regulation for controlling greenhouse gas emissions from coal-based power plants that generate... Read More

NMA Honors Mine Rescue Skills in National Competition

Washington, D.C. – Twenty of the nation's best mine rescue teams won awards in a nationwide competition last week hosted by the National Mining Association (NMA), the nation's mining trade association. The 2013 National Coal Mine Rescue, First Aid, Bench and Pre-Shift Competition, held at the Greater... Read More

National Coal Mining Rescue Teams Compete to Showcase Safety Skills

Columbus, Ohio – Leading experts from the nation's coal mining community will have their skills put to the test at the 2013 National Coal Mine Rescue, First Aid, Bench and Pre-Shift Competition being held Sept. 9-12 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. The competition is sponsored... Read More

NMA Backs Curb on OSM’s Mining Rule

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn today released the following statement applauding Reps. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) and Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) for introducing the "Preventing Government Waste and Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America Act" (H.R. 2824) that balances stream protection... Read More

NMA Hails America’s Mine Safety Milestone, New Safety Initiative

Washington, D.C. – The National Mining Association (NMA) today hailed the U.S. mining industry in reaching another milestone in safety performance. As confirmed by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), America's mines last year recorded the lowest rate of fatalities and lost time accidents... Read More

NMA Comments on Confirmation of New EPA Administrator

The following statement was released today by National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn following confirmation of Gina McCarthy as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency:   "The National Mining Association stands ready to work with Gina McCarthy, the newly-confirmed... Read More

NMA’s Quinn Urges House to Pass Minerals Permitting Bill, H.R. 761

Washington, D.C. — National Mining Association President and CEO Hal Quinn called on members of the U.S. House of Representatives today to pass the "National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013" (H.R. 761), a bi-partisan bill to streamline America's outdated permitting process and... Read More

NMA Launches Improved Minerals Make Life Website

Washington, D.C. – The National Mining Association (NMA) today re-launched MineralsMakeLife.org, the online component of the organization's Minerals Make Life initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of domestically mined minerals to the economy, innovation and national security.     "We... Read More

NMA’s Quinn Warns Against Harm to Jobs and U.S. Economy

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn released the following statement today in response to President Obama's speech on reducing carbon emissions and their impact on climate change:   "Americans are looking for jobs and economic security. Coal power plants generate... Read More

NMA Tells Congress Coal Exports Benefit U.S. and the World

Washington, D.C. — Rising exports of U.S. coal to growing global markets have paid strong dividends throughout the economy, with an even greater potential to boost growth and job creation as port facilities are expanded. In congressional testimony this morning, National Mining Association (NMA) President... Read More

Edwardsport has begun commercial operations

In June of 2013 Duke Energy's new Edwardsport generating station began commercial operation in Indiana. The new coal gasification plant produces ten times the electricity output of the plant it replaced -- yet emits seventy percent less sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and other particulate matter. Carbon... Read More

U.S. Coal Exports Help Fuel Economic Recovery

New Study Documents Benefits for Job Creation, Diverse Industries, States   Washington, D.C. – Rising exports of U.S. coal to Europe and Asia added $16.6 billion to the U.S. economy in 2011, making significant contributions to America's economic recovery and job creation in many industrial... Read More

NMA Applauds Committee Passage of Critical Minerals Legislation

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn released the following statement today upon passage of the "National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013" (H.R. 761) by the House Natural Resources Committee:   "The 'National Strategic and Critical Minerals... Read More

National Mining Association Endorses Coal Jobs Protection Act of 2013

Washington, D.C. – The National Mining Association (NMA) has endorsed The Coal Jobs Protection Act of 2013, which would streamline America's broken permitting process. NMA President and CEO Hal Quinn commended Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) for announcing... Read More

NMA's Quinn Urges Congress to Pass H.R. 761

Bill Addresses Permitting Delays that Impede Economic Growth and Investment Washington, D.C. – In testimony today before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn urged Congress to pass the bi-partisan "National Strategic... Read More

NMA Applauds Bi-Partisan Critical Minerals Legislation

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued the following statement today on the introduction today of the "National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013," (H.R. 761) by Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.): "The U.S. mining industry applauds Rep. Amodei for re-introducing... Read More

NMA Releases Second CORESafety® Interactive Toolbox for Safer Mines

The National Mining Association (NMA) recently released the second interactive toolbox to help member and non-member companies implement the CORESafety® initiative at their facilities. CORESafety is a scalable safety and health management system that provides a comprehensive pathway to achieve within... Read More

NMA Responds to State of the Union Address

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued this statement following the president's State of the Union message last night: "America's mining industry is pleased to hear the president's determination to strengthen our economy, create high-wage jobs and re-build the infrastructure... Read More

Mining Executive Comments on Interior Nominee Jewell

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued the following statement today on the announcement that REI CEO Sally Jewell will be nominated to become the next secretary of the Department of the Interior: "We are encouraged that Ms. Jewell would bring a wealth of business... Read More

U.S. Coal Outlook Brightens on Global and Domestic Demand

Washington, D.C. – Coal will remain the backbone of global energy use and resume its growth in the U.S. power market as newer, more efficient plants dominate coal-based electricity generation here and abroad, said a coal industry leader today at the National Press Club. National Mining Association... Read More

NMA Names Gravatt Senior Vice President, Communications

The following statement was released today by National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn:  “The National Mining Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Nancy Gravatt to the position of senior vice president of communications effective Jan. 3, 2013. Gravatt replaces... Read More

Let’s Get Back to Creating Jobs, Says NMA

The following statement was released today by National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn:     "The National Mining Association (NMA) extends its congratulations to President Obama upon his reelection. NMA remains committed to working with the administration and... Read More

EPA Denies Jobs and Economic Development at Miller Creek

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to cost jobs and economic development in Appalachia with its virtual moratorium on coal mining permits—a moratorium that continues in defiance of court rulings. EPA's latest decision withholds an essential Section 404 Clean Water Act permit for... Read More

Coal Policy Key to Jobs and Votes in Swing States Says NMA

The following statement was released by National Mining Association President & CEO Hal Quinn prior to this evening’s debate between Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama: “Voters throughout America’s heartland understand the importance of affordable and abundant coal-based electricity.... Read More

U.S. Mining Operations Recognized for Outstanding Safety Performance

“Sentinels of Safety” Awards Honor Outstanding Safety Performance at U.S. Coal, Metal and Nonmetal Mines in 2011 Las Vegas, Nev. – The National Mining Association (NMA) today recognized 21 U.S. coal, metal and nonmetal mining operations for their outstanding safety record in 2011. The “Sentinels... Read More

Mining Industry Leaders Voice Optimism on Global Demand

Las Vegas, Nev. - World mining leaders today voiced strong optimism that durable demand for coal, minerals and metals will accompany the resumption in global economic growth, giving new life to the commodity market. Speaking at MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® 2012, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, mining... Read More

NMA Board of Directors Elects Officers, Directors for 2013-2014

Las Vegas, Nev. – The National Mining Association’s (NMA) board of directors today elected a slate of officers and directors for the two-year term 2013-2014. The action came at the association’s Board and Annual Meeting of Members held in Las Vegas, Nev. in advance of the opening tomorrow of MINExpo... Read More

NMA Urges Prompt Congressional Action on Omnibus Jobs Bill

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued the following statement today as the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to consider H.R. 3409, “The Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act”: “Mining communities and the families and businesses... Read More

NMA Responds to Today’s Federal Court Ruling against EPA

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued the following statement in response to today’s federal appeals court ruling that vacated the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Cross State Air Pollution Rule on power plants: "In striking down a costly EPA rule for power... Read More

World’s Mining Leaders Headline MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® 2012

Washington, D.C. – Chief executives of four of the world’s biggest mining and mining equipment companies will discuss "The global supply chain for coal and minerals, where we have been and where we are going," on Sept. 24 at MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® 2012, the National Mining Association’s (NMA) quadrennial... Read More

NMA Gratified EPA Guidance Held "Unlawful" and Set Aside by Court

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn released the following statement in response to the decision today by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in National Mining Association v. Lisa Jackson: "NMA is gratified by today’s decision in NMA v. Jackson... Read More

House Bill Moves U.S. into 21st Century for Mine Permitting

The following statement was released today by National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn upon passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of the "National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act" (H.R. 4402): "The ’National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production... Read More

NMA Reacts to Senate Vote on Inhofe Resolution

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn issued the following statement today following the defeat (46-53) of Sen. James Inhofe’s (R-Okla.) resolution (S.J. Res. 37) to block implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Utility MACT rule: "Today’s regrettable vote... Read More

Minerals Legislation Vital to Meeting the Nation’s Needs

The following statement was released today by National Mining Association President and CEO Hal Quinn upon introduction of the "National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012" (H.R.4402) by Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.): "Legislation introduced today by Rep. Mark Amodei and his colleagues... Read More

World’s Biggest Mining Equipment Exhibition Draws Near

Six Months to MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® 2012 in Las Vegas, Nev. USA Washington, D.C. –The countdown begins today for MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® 2012, the world's biggest mining equipment exhibition, to be held on Sept. 24-26 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and sponsored by the National Mining Association... Read More

More than 270,000 Jobs Potentially at Risk from Mining Rule Says ENVIRON

ENVIRON International Corporation (ENVIRON) today completed an analysis on behalf of the National Mining Association (NMA) of the anticipated economic impacts associated with the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's (OSM) proposed rewrite of the Stream Buffer Zone Rule (the Stream Protection... Read More

NMA Challenges Constitutionality of Arizona Land Withdrawal

The following statement was released today by National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn:   "The National Mining Association (NMA) filed papers in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona today challenging the constitutionality of the Secretary of the Interior's... Read More

NMA Joins 221 House Members Demanding EPA Halt NSPS Rules

The following statement was released today by National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn in support of 221 members of the U.S. House of Representatives who have appealed to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to stop the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) greenhouse gas... Read More

National Mining Association Petitions for Review of Utility MACT

The following statement was released today by National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn announcing the association's petition for review of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) final Utility Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) rule:   "NMA petitioned... Read More

EPA’s Utility MACT Is Bad for American Workers and the Economy

The following statement was released today by National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final Utility Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) standard for power plants using fossil fuels to generate electricity: "EPA... Read More

Sen. Heller Proposes Meaningful Help for Job Creation

The following statement was released today by National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn in response to legislation, the “Public Lands Job Creation Act,” introduced by Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.): “Good mining jobs are created by investment in mining projects, but the United States... Read More

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