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Index / Health & Safety - Mining, Environmental, Cyber

In the mining industry, there are very prescriptive regulations that describe how training is to be carried out. But those are not always enough, nor are they necessarily the best way to assure that workers know how to safely perform their assigned tasks. CORESafety views the regulatory requirements as the base and then goes a step beyond those requirements.

Training is integral to the success of achieving the goal of 0 ..50 ..5 and it is the responsibility of everyone in your company to make this work. Ultimately, it involves making sure that all workers are trained to be as compe... More →
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Index / Health & Safety - Mining, Environmental, Cyber

The NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards is intended as a source of general industrial hygiene information for workers, employers, and occupational health professionals. The Pocket Guide presents key information and data in abbreviated tabular form for 677 chemicals or substance groupings (e.g., manganese compounds, tellurium compounds, inorganic tin compounds, etc.) that are found in the work environment.

The industrial hygiene information found in the Pocket Guide should help users recognize and control occupational chemical hazards. The chemicals or substances contained in thi... More →
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Index / Climate Change, Anthropocene & Associated Issues

Dr. Conca says we need to institute a Clean Energy Standard that promotes all low-carbon energy rather than continuing with a Renewable Energy Standard that is narrowly-focused on wind and solar. If you care about climate change, and do not just have an ideological (aka political) stand on a particular energy source, then we need all low-carbon sources as fast as possible to have any hope of reigning in the most adverse environmental effects of burning fossil fuels.

Along with an increasing abundance of gas, coal and oil, the present focus on renewables has stalled the effort to low... More →
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Index / Conventional Oil & Gas Resources / Economics

Arthur Berman opines that 2 years into the global oil-price collapse, it seems unlikely that prices will return to sustained levels above $70 per barrel any time soon or perhaps, never. That is because the global economy is exhausted. The current oil-price rally is over as Berman predicted several months ago and prices are heading down toward $40 per barrel.

Oil has been re-valued to affordable levels based on the real value of money. The market now accepts the erroneous producer claims of profitability below the cost of production and has adjusted expectations accordingly. Meanwhil... More →
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Index / Wind Energy / Economics

Oliver Massmann, general director of Duane Morris Vietnam LLC, reports that Vietnam can be seen as a strong international competitor in wind energy as it has significant potential for wind energy and a continuously increasing electricity demand.

However, the World Bank reported that only 8.6% of Vietnam territory has potential for the development of wind energy, in comparison with 2.9% in Laos, and just 0.2% in Cambodia and Thailand.

Although Vietnam possesses some potential for wind-power production and an energy sector with strong interests from domestic and foreign inv... More →
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Index / Environmental Law, Regs & Litigation, State & Fed

The EPA Alliance Training Group and Baxter Communications Group is not affiliated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It is a source for environmental training. They are a small, veteran-owned business, formed to provide environmental regulatory training and consulting to environmental, health and safety professionals across numerous industries.

They provide immediate, accurate and cost-effective environmental services, through numerous platforms such as Online Training, Private Training, Public Training and Consulting Services. They instruct and deliver the nation... More →
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Index / Engineering - Remediation, Mining - Environmental

Brownfields are properties that may have hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants present. The EPA Brownfields Program provides grants and technical assistance to communities, states, tribes and others to assess, safely clean up and sustainable reuse these contaminated properties.

Cleaning up and reinvesting in brownfields protects human health and the environment, reduces blight, and takes development pressures off greenspaces and working lands. To learn more about the EPA broader efforts to put previously contaminated properties back into productive use, read about the EP... More →
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Index / Hydrogeology/Geology/Environmental/ / Remediation Methods and Tools

Reardon Environmental, Inc., now I2M-Environmental, is a Houston-based company that specializes in soil and groundwater remediation. The company has been remediating contaminated properties for more than ten years using innovative delivery systems capable of injecting liquid inoculants into soil to volatilize or break-down contaminants into harmless by-products.They indicate that they can reduce both the time and cost associated with clean-ups. Once the contaminated areas have been identified by employing the appropriate methods of investigation, their approach can avoid the costly dig and hau... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Eduardo Porter, of the NY Times, asks the question ... Is the global effort to combat climate change, painstakingly agreed to in Paris seven months ago, already going off the rails? He reports that Germany, Europe champion for renewable energy, seems to be having second thoughts about its ambitious push to ramp up its use of renewable fuels for power generation (in place of their existing nuclear power).

Hoping to slow the burst of new renewable energy on its grid, the country eliminated an open-ended subsidy for solar and wind power and put a ceiling on additional renewable capacit... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

NexGen reports Hole AR-16-81c3 shows 23 meters at 17.19% U3O8 including 5 meters at 49.27% U3O8 at the Arrow Deposit in the Athabasca Basin. High-grade uranium assays intersected in the A2 shear also contain high-grade gold and silver values, with individual 0.5 meter samples ranging from BTL up to 90.4 g per ton Au and 418 g per ton Ag. Hole AR-16-81c3 returned 9.5 m at 7.9 g per ton Au and AR-16-86c1 returned 20.4 m at 1.9 g per ton Au. Also of significant importance, geochemical analyses continue to show very low concentrations of de1eterious elements (arsenic, antimony, selenium), which is... More →
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Index / Geophysics, Environmental, Geological, Geotech

Guillaume Matton and Michel Jebrak report that the Richat dome is a spectacular circular structure located in the Mauritanian part of the Sahara Desert. The current erosion level of this igneous complex presents a wide variety of contrasting extrusive and intrusive rocks from shallow to deep source regions providing insight into the magmatic process as the origin of the complex.

The Richat is the superposition of a bimodal tholeiitic suite crosscut by carbonatitic and kimberlitic magmatic rocks. The bimodal series is characterized by two concentric gabbroic ring dikes and two extrus... More →
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Index / Astrogeology, Asteroids, Robots, Extraterrestrials

Meghan Bartels reports that for millennia, the Eye of the Sahara was hiding in plain sight. That is because this huge and mysterious geologic formation is hard to spot from ground level, walking around on Earth. It turns out that geoscientists only really discovered this incredible bullseye in the sand when humans went into orbit.

But even now we have found it, geoscientists have different views on its origin. The Eye of the Sahara, which is more formally known as the Richat structure, is located in the western Sahara Desert in Mauritania. On the ground, it is about 25 miles across.... More →
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Index / Renewable Energy (Other Energy Resources) / Economics, Batteries

Teresa Matich reports that lithium batteries may reign supreme when it comes to cellphones, laptops and electric vehicles. But for larger-scale energy storage, some are looking at alternative metals and technologies. Enter Vanadium redox batteries.

First successfully created by Dr. Maria Skyllas-Kazacos of the University of New South Wales in the 1980s, Vanadium redox flow batteries use sulfuric solutions to power themselves. A vanadium electrolyte passing through a proton exchange membrane allows the battery to work, with a solution filling two tanks on either side. Unlike other b... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Kristen Moran reports that uranium in the U.S. is used primarily for nuclear power. However, uranium mining originally had its roots in the production of uranium-bearing ore in 1898. At that time, sandstone material on the Colorado Plateau in Colorado and Utah was mined for its vanadium content.

In the 1950s, the U.S. encouraged a great deal of uranium mining. This was promoted by federal subsidies and rising global demand largely driven by nuclear weapons procurement programs. The trend lasted until the early 1980s, when changing geopolitical circumstances as well as safety, enviro... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Rob Nikolewski writes about wind and solar but opines on nuclear. The scientists and engineers at General Atomics think the future of nuclear energy is coming on the back of a flatbed truck. And the leadership at the San Diego-based company, which has been developing nuclear technologies for more than 60 years, has already spent millions in the expectation that its plans for the next generation of reactors will actually work(?).

We have technology that we think is going to qualitatively change the game, said Christina Back, vice president of nuclear technologies and materials at Gen... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Off-World Exploration, Mining, & Technology

The Space Frontier Foundation announced a new strategy and commitment to entrepreneurship in the space industry that will drive the nonprofit organization activities and initiatives over the next five years. The Foundation also added that as settlement of space becomes both achievable and inevitable, it is equally important that we advance environmental principles that ensure the intelligent management of space resources and planetary protection.

Our vision and commitment to opening the space frontier to human settlement remains the same, said Hannah Kerner, executive director of t... More →
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Index / Health & Safety - Mining, Environmental, Cyber

Ronald Kovach reports that even though those major hacks did not involve building controls, that is not to say there is not evidence of such intrusions. According to the GAO, the number of cyber incidents involving industrial control systems (in this case, including building and access controls) that were reported to the Depart. of Homeland Security increased 74% from 2011 to 2014, with 245 incidents reported in 2014. Many more incidents occur in critical infrastructure that go unreported, DHS says.

Stuxnet is, to date, the most famous attack on an industrial control system. America... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Other, RTGs, Thorium, Helium-3 and Fusion Research

Helium One has announced the discovery of significant helium resources exist in the Rukwa Basin of northen Tanzania. Independent experts, Netherland Sewell and Associates Incorporated (NSAI), have estimated an Unrisked Prospective Recoverable Helium Resource (P50) of 54.2 billion standard cubic feet. This resource occurs in 27 leads, defined by 2D seismic and is supported by data from two legacy exploration wells.

Further, Oxford University Department of Earth Sciences have confirmed helium migration within the basin through their recent geochemical analysis of surface gas emanation... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Gold-Silver Exploration and Mining Projects

After preliminary exploration has been completed, the next step in the life cycle of a gold mine is resource definition. The processes in reserve definition are similar to preliminary exploration, and there is considerable overlap between the two phases.

However, in resource definition, the exploration company has reason to believe that their property contains a mineral reserve. Therefore, the company will spend more money on intensive and technical exploration techniques. The resource definition phase not only involves further analysis of the size and grade of the mineral reserve, ... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Rare Earth Exploration, Mining, Processing, Uses

Based on finalized rare-earth production data for 2015, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) ...

1. China
Mine Production - 105,000 tons

China dominates rare earth mineral production to such a degree that its export practices were recently challenged by the US European Union and Japan, resulting in a WTO ruling against the country rare-earth export quotas in 2014.

In the past, China has only exported 31,000 tons of its rare earth production. While the country claimed that the limitation was aimed at environmental protection, the WTO ruled that it... More →
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Index / Solar Energy / Economics

Solar electricity production in California falls into two categories ... solar thermal, using the concentrated heat of sunlight to heat a fluid to make steam to turn a traditional turbine and generator making electricity, and solar photovoltaic (PV), the direct conversion of sunlight into electricity. Additionally, the heat from the sun is used in solar thermal systems for hot water in homes and businesses and in heating swimming pools. Most electricity from PV is not counted into the total electricity production of the utility companies as the solar panels are mounted on individual homes or b... More →
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Index / Wind Energy / Economics

In 2015, wind energy generated within California totaled 11,856 gigawatt-hours (GWh) or 6.06% of the in-state total power generation. Current operating wind energy power plants in California have an installed capacity of about 6,288 megawatts.

Note - Listings that showing CAISO In-State Wind Generation, indicate that an estimate has been used in place of WPRS (Wind Performance Reporting System) data. WPRS came into effect for the 2014 calendar year. Starting in 2015, CAISO generation data may be published as a preliminary estimate until validated WPRS data becomes available. The CAI... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Ken Silverstein reports that when the 3 amigos met in Canada, they had vowed to collectively produce half of all their electricity from clean power sources. But what the leaders of the U.S., Canada and Mexico did not plan on was that their joint announcement would coincide with the closure of a major nuclear plant in California, which has become the clean energy capital of the world.

It is ironic and begs the question of why the traditional environmental movement is so vehemently opposed to nuclear energy, especially since it is the only fuel that can burn around the clock without r... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Dr. Conca reports that a widespread claim ... that dozens of nuclear plants merit subsidies to protect the climate of the Earth, has been borne out by reality. One of the U.S. most prominent and technically capable utilities, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, recently announced its decision to close its well-running, low-carbon, low-cost nuclear reactors at Diablo Canyon, because of political pressure from the state of California and especially from its Lt. Governor. At the same time, tax subsidies for renewables, plus low natural gas prices, are making reactors uneconomic in the short term.... More →
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Index / Coal / Lignite, Graphite, Graphene, and Carbon Uses

Petra Szilagyi reports that graphene, a single-atom-thick sheet of carbon, is stronger than steel and as stiff as diamond. Yet, this tough, thin material can also be induced to peel itself to pieces. Puncturing a hole in graphene with a diamond tip and repeatedly moving that tip back and forth, rather like rucking up a carpet, causes narrow strips of carbon to curl spontaneously upwards, tearing out of the graphene layer and even folding back on themselves, scientists from Trinity College Dublin report in an article in Nature on 13 July.

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