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WMC members and Rep. Lummis

From left to right: Lexie Brundin, Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis, Catherine Stewart, Cheri Reiman, and Wanda Burget meet in the Congresswoman's Washington, D.C. office to discuss issues of concern to the mining industry.

WMC 17th Annual Fly-In to Washington, D.C.

The Women's Mining Coalition's 17th Annual Fly-In was completed the week of May 4-8, 2009. Thirty-three women participated, flying in to Washington, D.C. from Alaska to Maryland and many states in between. Industry representation included coal mining and hardrock companies, utility, energy and service companies, mining intelligence and technology, environmental control companies, and manufacturers. Our participants also represented many job functions - environmental and mining engineers, geologists, plant managers, heavy equipment operators, executives, consultants, and administrative staff.

Highlights of the trip included:

Below is a summary of the comments we heard back from staff and Members of Congress:

Many thanks to Peabody Energy for hosting the WMC reception on Tuesday night, Joy Mining Machinery for donating the WMC magnetic name badges and orange totes, The National Mining Association for their guidance and support leading up to the week and throughout, and to the many companies who supported their employees attendance at the Fly-In.