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ASMR receives news items periodically from the Interstate Mining Compact Commission. These items often include legislation from the US Congress. The current issue has an articlerelated to the ASMR-ARRI meeting in Lexington that mat be of interest to you. Click on the link to Interstate Mining Compact Commission for details.

The International Annual Meeting of the Soil Science Society of America in November 2015 in Minneapolis, MN. The division of Soil Chemistry offers a special session "Risks and Remediation of Post-Mining Soils" (includes poster and oral presentations). The conference is scheduled from Sunday to Wednesday, Nov. 15-18, 2015. For more information and and travel Information.

J. Steven Gardner; An interview with the 2015 SME President. SME's top initiatives this year were described in the article featuring Steve in the March issue of Mining Engineering. In summary, they include: mining education, mining health & safety, mining and sustainability, local section members and outreach, and public perceptions of mining. Steve will speak at the ASMR/ARRI Lexington, KY Conference on Monday, June 8th, at 10:30-11:00 a.m.. Title: "Changing Minds about Mines in America."

Bill Estep, bestep@herald-leader.com, wrote an article that was published in the Lexington Herald-Leader on May 20, 2015 The Appalachian Wildlife "Foundation plans to convert empty Eastern Kentucky industrial park into wildlife tourism attraction." The land will be developed as a "conservation center with natural history and taxidermy displays, a theater, a local artisan market, research and conference space, and an astronomy pavilion according to its website." For more information from the Foundation, read their press release.

IMCC Selects Recipients of National Reclamation Awards Herndon, VA, March 23, 2015. The Interstate Mining Compact Commission (IMCC) recently announced the recipients of its annual national reclamation awards. Named after the charter executive director of the Compact, the Kenes C. Bowling National Mine Reclamation Awards are presented each year to mining operations in the coal and noncoal categories that have demonstrated excellence in reclamation based on achievement in five categories: compliance; contemporaneous reclamation; drainage control; bond release (or reclamation success); and innovativeness.

Graymont Receives DNR Land Transaction Approval Graymont won approval by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) of the recently updated Graymont Land Transaction Application, which involves the sale and exchange of lands within Mackinac and Luce Counties

The National Orphaned/Abandoned Mines Initiative of Canada has published a report developed by Kingsmere Resource Services Inc. on the key criteria for the assessment of closed, orphaned/abandoned mine and mineral exploration sites in Canada. This report addresses criteria for the evaluation in terms of: Physical stability; Chemical stability; Public health and safety risks; Ecological risks; and, Risk to ecosystem services. The criteria are designed, to the extent possible, to be field functional for application by a wide range of users such as government agencies, Aboriginal organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), communities and the general public (Users) to allow each to arrive at an informed opinion regarding a site’s condition, to provide a preliminary assessment of the level of risk posed by a particular hazard and to assess the need for further remediation to reduce the risk and ensure the effective long-term stewardship of the site. The report is 46 pages in length plus 20 pages of appendices.

Canadian miners step up efforts to prevent tailings dam failures Appeared in InfoMine March 17, 2015

Online Journal of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation JASMR The second issue of Volume 3 of the 2014 online Journal of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation was uploaded in February.

The audio presentations as well as PowerPoint's have been placed online. They are under Past Meetings, Oklahoma Cty.

NASLR has a new website, www.naslr.org