Mining companies are working hard to win approval for new mines in the state.
But the state’s economy is in a downturn, and the prospect of a $3 billion dollar mining boom may not be as enticing as it once was.article Mining industry services The Mining Industry Association of Nevada is the group that represents the Nevada Mining Industry, according to a spokesperson.
They are the state arm of the American Minerals Council, which represents about 4,000 mines nationwide.
The Association has long pushed for mining to be legalized and regulated as a resource that can be mined responsibly.
The Mining Association says it’s been a priority for Nevada since at least the early 1980s.
In 2016, the state legislature approved a mining law that allows for the development of mines with mining technology, according the Minerals Information and Analysis Center.
Mining companies also work closely with the Nevada Department of Environmental Quality (DECQ) to enforce state and federal mining regulations, according DECQ spokesperson Katie Koester.
DECQ regulates more than 2,600 mines, including more than 1,400 mines in Nevada.
In the last three years, the Nevada legislature has approved more than $1 billion in mining tax breaks, according state documents obtained by the Center for Public Integrity.
The state has also set aside more than a half-billion dollars for economic development projects that will benefit Nevada’s coal and gas industries.
A mining boom will bring jobs to the state, but also to a population that is increasingly dependent on the mining industry.
A study released in December by the Nevada Public Interest Research Group (NIPRI) found that Nevada has more than 200 coal mines that employ more than 100,000 people, while the state is home to nearly 4,400 coal mines.
The coal industry accounts for roughly 6 percent of the state economy, according data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The boom will likely have an economic impact on the entire state, according Topping.
“They’re going to make a lot of people jobs, but they’re going also to bring in a lot more taxes,” he said.
A recent survey by the University of Nevada found that nearly one-quarter of Nevadans want to see more coal mining in the area.
“I don’t want to say the economy has been in decline, but it’s certainly been a drag on the state,” Topping said.
“The industry has been a very important part of our economy for decades.”
The economic impacts of a boom are likely to be felt across the state in other ways, as well.
Nevadians are less likely to drive in their own cars than they were in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Now, with mining booming, the need for drivers has grown, Topping says.
“The demand for people driving is going to increase,” he added.
“That will mean fewer people are going to be able to afford to drive.”
The state’s mining boom also could affect other industries, according TOpping.
The Nevada Public Service Commission (NPSC) has been working to reduce the number of coal mines operating, but the boom could also make it difficult to maintain the power grid, he said, and may cause a shortage of electricity in the future.
A boom in the Nevada mining industry also could impact the health of the population.
A report from the RAND Corporation found that the number and rate of coal mining-related deaths have been increasing over the past three decades.
According to the report, there were more than 700 reported deaths from coal mining from 1993 to 2016.
“It’s really hard to predict when we might see a resurgence,” Topper said.
“[But] we’re not going to see the same decline as we did a decade ago.”
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