Proposed Rule Draws Fire From Former Commissioners

During late November, a letter drafted by retired chairman of the U.S. Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission Mike Duffy and signed by 10 former members of the commission notified the Secretary of Labor that it did not agree with the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) proposed changes to section 30 CFR 100.

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Economies of Scale

By Steve Fiscor, Editor-in-Chief

This month, E&MJ publishes the 2014 Iron Ore Report. Iron ore production is one of the most important aspects of the mining business. Readers might recall January 2014’s Project Survey, which pegged iron ore project investment at $261 billion or one-third of the total mining project investment of $791 billion. The level of growth in this area has slowed more recently, but it’s still a major aspect of the mining business.

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Can Reindeer and Mining Coexist?

By Steve Fiscor, Editor-in-Chief

Annually, the October edition of E&MJ covers Nordic Mining & Technology. This year, the subject has been divided into two feature articles. The first covers mining activities in the region (Nordic Mining) and the second discusses some of the developments among suppliers in the region (Nordic Technology), who are also interested in exporting their equipment and expertise. The speakers and exhibitors at Euro Mine Expo 2014, which took place during June in Skellefteå, Sweden, offered some interesting insight into both of these areas.

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Developments to Watch

By Steve Fiscor, Editor-in-Chief

One of the big stories this month is BHP Billiton spinning off a group of assets as the company plans to get back to basics (See Leading Developments, p. 4). The $16 billion deal, the largest of its kind in the mining business, drew immediate fire from analysts and stockholders, who were anticipating something else. If the new company, which has no name and will not be headquartered in Melbourne, were a restaurant, the menu would be described as an eclectic mix. The new company could become a takeover target. In this business climate, there are only a few companies with deep enough pockets to buy everything on the menu, but some may order a al carte.

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Steve Fiscor, Editor-in-Chief, EMJ, Engineering Mining Journal
Steve Fiscor heads a world class group of writers and editors serving the mining and construction markets. He has served as editor-in-chief for E&MJ since 2003 and Coal Age since 2001. He writes articles on mining and processing, organizes the technical programs for several conferences, and produces many of MMI's ancillary products.

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