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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

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