Nevada Mining Association


1. Where are the mines?

a. See here and the map to the right.
b. Lists in depth where mines are located county by county - page 27

2. How many are there?

a. 24 metal mine locations (the state counts mines that abut each other as one)
b. 24 industrial mineral mine locations
c. 6 oil fields
d. 12 geothermal power plants e. See here

3. What is being mined at each location?

4. Who is doing the mining?

a. A list of mining operators, who are also members of NVMA, can be found on the NVMA website here

5. Are there any job opportunities?

a. NVMA hosts a job resources page.

6. What are some of the uses for minerals and metals mined in Nevada?

a. Gold: Used for such things as jewelry and in high-tech equipment (satellites, medical scanners, televisions, computers, cell phones)
b. Copper: Used for piping, circuitry, high-tech equipment, and much more
c. Lithium: Used in pharmaceuticals and efficient batteries (i.e. smart cars, cell phones, laptops)
d. Molybdenum: Used to make steel stronger, lighter, more rigid and less corrosive. For instance, all stainless steel contains Moly.
e. Diatomaceous Earth: Used for such products as food and beverage filters (i.e. water, beer, wine, apple juice, syrup), pool filers, kitty litter and paint.
f. Gypsum: Used for such things as acoustical tiles and wall board
g. Lime: Used for stucco, asphalt and as a ph balancer to name some of the many applications.

7. What's the difference between taxes paid per employee by mining and other Nevada businesses?

On average, Nevada businesses pay roughly $5,500 per employee in state and local taxes. Mining pays three times that at over $18,000 per employee.

8. What is mining's contribution to state and local taxes?

a. The combination of state and local revenues paid by the industry was $245.8 million in 2014.

9. What steps does mining take to protect the environment?

a. Before any ground is disturbed, mining companies must ensure that adequate funds are available to complete reclamation and remediation of exploration and mining sites.

10. What is the Nevada Mining Association?

a. The Nevada Mining Association is comprised of operating mining companies, exploration companies, suppliers of industry equipment, goods and services, counselors and consultants, and individuals interested in the well-being of the industry. The association's objective is to maintain a business and operating environment that will encourage the development and production of minerals in Nevada using safe and environmentally conscious methods.

11. Why is mining so important to Nevada?

a. Since 1990, mining has contributed more than $100 million each year to Nevada and local economies. This is particularly important to rural economies; mining is the largest industry in rural Nevada. Because of mining, taxes from Washoe and Clark counties are not necessary to support rural areas of the state, and mining provides many high-paying jobs for rural communities. In 2014, direct taxes by mining companies in Nevada to the state and local governments, not including any taxes paid by suppliers or employees, was $245.8 million.

12. What type of jobs does mining provide?

a. Mining is a dynamic, high-tech industry offering a wide variety of high paying jobs for men and women as geologists, hydrologists, engineers, welders, mechanics, to name just a few positions. In 2014, the Nevada mining industry generated roughly 29,000 total jobs including direct and ancillary jobs. There were over 11,300 direct mining jobs in the state in 2014.

13. What is the average mining salary?

a. In 2014, the average annual salary for metal ore mine employees was $91,300. This compares with state-wide average earnings in all industries of about $44,720.

14. Why should I care about mining? Why is mining so important?

a. Without mining, your computer, telephone, television and other everyday products we take for granted wouldn’t exist. In fact, everything harvested, manufactured, transported or published requires minerals that come from mining. Every year, 40,000 lbs. of minerals must be provided for every person in the United States to maintain our standard of living.

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