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ANNUAL FLY-IN - May 6-11, 2012

WMC 2012 FlyIn

The Women’s Mining Coalition 19th Annual Fly-In was completed the week of May 6-11, 2012. Thirty women from fourteen states participated, from Alaska to Wyoming, and many states in between. Industry representation included coal and hard-rock mining and exploration companies; utility, energy, and service companies; and manufacturers. Our participants also represented a diversity of job functions: engineers, geologists, hydrologists, plant managers, land managers, executives, analysts, consultants, and community relations and human resources specialists.

WMC issues this year included:

CERCLA 108(b) financial assurance rulemaking;
EPA greenhouse gas new source performance standards, and utility MACT (maximum achievable control technology);
Critical Minerals Policy Act (S.1113);
National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act (H.R. 4402); and
Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Infrastructure Protection Act (H.R. 3409).

Additional topics of discussion included permitting delays and sage grouse management. Issues and topics were well-received and generated much valuable discussion between WMC members and members of Congress and staff.

The founders of the Women’s Mining Coalition, Kathy Benedetto, Debra Struhsacker, and Ruth Carraher, were recognized and honored at a reception sponsored by American Coalition for Clean Coal Energy, Northwest Mining Association, and ADA Environmental Services. 2012 marks the 20th year that members of WMC have traveled to Washington D.C. to advocate for a healthy domestic mining industry.

Trip Pictures


(L to R)

Gloria Johnson
Kristin Eliasson
Congressman Fleming (LA)
Cathy Suda
Tinker Evans


(L to R)

Jennifer Beck
Julie Elkington
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Julie Lucas
Cathy Suda


(L to R)

Jamie Fernette
Elizabeth Schwartz
Sen. Mark Udall
Betty Gibbs
Jennifer Hunt

Murkowski (L to R)
Izzy LaBranch
Debra Strusacher
Laura Skaer
Jamie Fernette
Cathy Suda
Sen. Lisa Murkowski
Sally McLeod
Amanda Rice

(L to R)
Treesa Lear
Gloria Johnson
Tinker Evans

From Round Mountain Mine NV at the Capitol building.
At Monacle Restaurant. Someone saw John Boehner in a private upstairs dining room on her way to the bathroom, Kathy Benedetto went up and told him there was a group of women from WMC that would love to say hello to him, and he stopped by. What you can’t see is that he has a glass of red wine in his right hand, which conveniently prevented him from shaking hands with us. Can’t blame him, he was not at work, but at a private function.