The workforce shortage is the single greatest challenge that faces the mining industry today.
SME Executive Director David L. Kanagy
– Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, February 2014
The Government and Public Affairs Committee of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) has released an update of its technical briefing paper, “Workforce Trends in the U.S. Mining Industry.” The United States’ population is projected to increase to more than 400 million by the year 2050, a growth of more than 25 percent. As the population grows, so does the demand for maintaining and upgrading the infrastructure that supports the increased need for power, transportation, housing, clean water and sanitation. However, it is unlikely that there will be sufficient skilled labor to provide the basic raw materials needed to build this infrastructure.
-United States Environmental Protection Agency, April 2014
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its fiscal year (FY) 2014 to 2018 Strategic Plan today, which provides a blueprint for advancing EPA’s mission to protect public health and the environment across the country.
The plan envisions a new era of partnerships with state and local governments, tribes, federal agencies, businesses, and industry leaders to achieve environmental benefits in a pragmatic, collaborative way.
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Presented by Jeff Eisenman, P.E. at the 2nd Annual Plant Engineer’s FRP Forum. Jeff is Vice Chair of the ASME NM.2 Subcommittee for FRP. This subcommittee has been working on a new standard for ASME for the last 6 years. This standard will be available through ASME near the end of year. Jeff discusses the contents, impacts and benefits of the new standard to industry. Please take a few minutes to watch this presentation.