Nevada Mining Blog

Nevada Mining Industry Drives Economy in Much of State

June 22nd, 2017

By Dana Bennett, NvMA President

From the glimmering lights of the Las Vegas Strip or the ski slopes surrounding Lake Tahoe, most Nevada visitors, and even residents, never get the opportunity to experience our state’s storied mining industry. Thanks to world-class deposits of gold and other precious metals, mining is Nevada’s largest export industry, and the Silver State is the largest gold producer the U.S. Recently, the world-renowned Fraser Institute named Nevada as the fourth best jurisdiction in the world for mining investments.

Beyond the precious metals, other vitally important minerals and metals such as molybdenum, lithium, gypsum, copper, and diatomaceous earth are mined here. Nevada is home to the only lithium mine in the U.S. and has tremendous, untapped geothermal resources. Minerals mined in Nevada are critical components in our cars, cell phones, computers, batteries, solar panels, beer production, and much more.

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Governor Highlights Mining in State of the State

March 10th, 2017

By Dana Bennett, President of the Nevada Mining Association:


In January, Governor Brian Sandoval stood before the Nevada Legislature to deliver his final State of the State speech. It was an opportunity for a successful governor to tout his achievements. Those triumphs include recruiting more than 200 companies to Nevada; adding 38,000 new jobs to the state’s economy; growing the state’s renewable energy portfolio; and overhauling the way schools are funded in Nevada.

Additionally, for the first time in recent memory, the Silver State’s mining industry was recognized in the biennial address: “We all know the significance of lithium to our emerging sectors in advanced manufacturing and renewable energy, and we know that mining is critical to the future of the new Nevada economy.”


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Kate Smith Elementary Students Explore Nevada Nature

March 9th, 2017

The Nevada Mining Association recently sponsored students from Kate Smith Elementary School to attend the Great Basin Outdoor School, a three day, two night camp where students learn about natural sciences through hands-on activities and exploring.  

Kate Smith made it back from our overnight camping trip at Great Basin Outdoor School; we had an incredible time!

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Brita’s Journey to the Center of the Silver State

February 21st, 2017

I recently had the unique opportunity to visit and tour two Nevada mines: Barrick Turquoise Ridge and Coeur-Rochester. Beginning our day sharply at 6 a.m., we hopped in the suburban and started the trek out to Turquoise Ridge, about an hour outside of Winnemucca. Riding in the car at 6 A.M., staring out into the dark Nevada desert, gave me a feel for how miners begin their day; starting their ride to work hours earlier than we did.

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Joe’s Journey Under the Surface

December 22nd, 2016

I’ve been working in the mining industry for nearly nine years. A lot of what I do day-to-day is educate the public on mining and why the industry is so critical to our daily lives. I have a solid understanding of the mining process and what miners do every day, I’ve even toured several mines. The one thing I haven’t done though, is the actual job. During the NvMA convention in September, one of our members offered for me to spend some time underground and gain some mining experience for myself.

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EP Minerals takes STEM to a new level with incredible industrial minerals

December 15th, 2016

In an average day, you probably come in contact with over 100 products that have been manufactured or processed from industrial minerals. Industrial minerals are defined as non-metallic minerals produced from natural sources. Here at EP Minerals, we mine and manufacture diatomaceous earth (DE), perlite, and clay. These incredibly high-quality minerals are used in an extremely broad range of applications in everyday life – both industrial and domestic. Without these minerals, a vast range of products would simply not exist. Surprised? Consider:

Sweeteners, beverages, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, textile raw materials, cooking oils and many other products are filtered with diatomaceous earth (DE) or perlite.

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Welcome to Mining and STEM Month

December 1st, 2016

STEM education has been a hot topic in the education community for years.  Intuitively, we all know that education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math is critical in the high-tech, twenty-first century economy.  What may be less apparent, however, is the pivotal role mining and miners play in the high-tech world.

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Reclamation Rocks!

October 27th, 2016

NvMA President Dana Bennett:

For nearly 30 years, the State of Nevada has required the reclamation of any site that has been used for mineral exploration or extraction. In 1989, the Nevada Legislature approved laws that established a comprehensive regulatory process governing the reclamation of mined and explored lands. This process included the development of a reclamation plan and he posting of financial assurance that the work would be completed. As is often the case in mining policy, Nevada’s actions set the standard for hard-rock reclamation legislation in the rest of the country. Read the rest of this entry »

Newmont’s 2017 Legacy Fund campaign shatters previous records

October 26th, 2016

ELKO, Oct. 24, 2016 – Celebrating the conclusion of its seventh annual Newmont Legacy Fund employee giving campaign, Newmont Mining Corporation announced today that the latest company-matched donation pledges represent an all-time Legacy Fund high of $2.63 million. During the recent campaign, 73.5 percent (more than 2,500) of Newmont’s Nevada employees pledged a combined $1.316 million, which will be deducted from their 2017 paychecks to assist more than 200 non-profit organizations across northern Nevada next year. Newmont will match those donations dollar for dollar, producing a grand total of $2.63 million that will be distributed quarterly to employee-specified non-profit groups and programs.

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Nevada Mining Association Announces Recipients of 2016 Safety Awards

September 2nd, 2016

The NvMA is proud to announce the recipients of their 2016 Safety Awards. 67 individuals and 37 mines will be honored this year for their hard work and commitment to ensuring every miner goes home safely at the end of their shift.

Awardees will be recognized and receive their awards on Saturday, September 10, at the Nevada Mining Association’s convention at Lake Tahoe’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Click below to see the list of this year’s recipients.

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