Conflict Minerals Rule Still Facing Challenges

Chair Mary Jo White revealed Tuesday that the SEC has spent a whopping $2.75 million to write, implement and defend itself against legal challenges related to the conflict minerals rule.

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Tantalex Begins Extraction Operations in Congo

Tantalex Resources (CSE:TTX) announced the start of tantalum extraction operations in the Republic of Congo. The company has also hired ALS GLOBAL at Johannesburg and Vancouver, one of the world's largest and most diversified testing services providers, to conduct independent product quality testing.

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EU lawmakers Limit the Import of Conflict Minerals

Mining.com reported that the European Union (EU) voted in favor of putting limitations on armed groups to finance their activities through the sale of conflict minerals.

iTSCi Starts Up Due Diligence Program to Address Conflict Minerals in North Kivu, DRC

iTSCi announced the start of its industry program for traceability and due diligence in of tin, tantalum and tungsten in two areas of North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo; in the remotest mines in Lubero territory north of the provincial capital of Goma and in the most historically infamous conflict minerals mining areas of Walikale [...]

Tantalum Plays Its Part for Research Into the Nature of Stars

Business in Vancouver reported that TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics, has just completed a new, advanced rare-isotope laboratory called ARIEL including a state-of-the-art electron linear accelerator. Electrons in the accelerator are direct on targets made of beryllium, tantalum and other materials, and the results isotopes are sent off for experimentation.

Mining in Ethiopia Could Be a $5 Billion Industry

According to a report from Ventures Africa, Ethiopia could be sitting on a rather large economic opportunity. A 2013 study indicated that the mining sector - including tantalum deposits in that country - could be worth as much as $5 billion.

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