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10 • ROCK products • January 2018 www.rockproducts.com IN THE KNOW defense sectors and many others. They are the integral building blocks of everyday items like cell phones, laptops and cars, as well as infrastructure and lifesaving medical devices." At a similar hearing before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to examine permitting pro- cesses, Hecla's Russell explained that not only are metals and minerals direct inputs into infrastructure, they are also integral to the manufactured product components like structural beams, construction pipes and electrical wiring that support infrastructure projects. Due to their indispensable nature to nearly every industry, streamlining the permitting processes – which can cur- rently take between seven and 10 years – should be a priority. "The U.S. mining industry is the source of raw materials necessary to make planes, trains and automobiles possible, not to mention runways, bridges, rail lines, and roads," he added. "We cannot repair our infrastructure without key raw materials." The testimony from mining executives raised congressional awareness of the nation's increasing reliance on foreign sources of minerals and metals. Accord- ing to the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. is now import-dependent for 50 key metals and minerals – 100 percent import dependent for 20 of those. Less than half of the minerals U.S. manufac- turers need are sourced domestically, despite the nation's abundant mineral endowment. Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V. celebrated its 25-year commitment to the protection and preservation of the planet's biodi- versity, according to the company. More than two decades of continuous efforts, initiatives and achievements have led to the development and diffusion of a culture of appreciation and respect for nature among Cemex, its stakeholders, and by extension, the global community. "More than 20 years ago, Cemex rose as an industry pioneer by spreading the culture of conservation, a commitment that we maintain every day by integrat- ing sustainability in all aspects of our business," said Fernando A. Gonzalez, CEO of Cemex. "We celebrate the results of these efforts and thank the world's main conservation NGOs for their con- stant collaboration in materializing the need to protect our planet." One of Cemex's most recognized initia- tives is the company's annual publication of volumes from its Nature Series, a more than two-decade tradition dating Cemex Celebrates 25-Year Commitment to Conservation DECADES OF EXPERIENCE & CUSTOMER SERVICE For 60 years BTI has worked with mining & aggregate companies to power productivity and break into profitability. Whether you're above ground or underground, we offer over 12 different model series customized to fit your site for maximum endurance. APPLICATIONS Primary crushers // grizzlies // draw points // stopes www.rockbreaker.com 1-800-567-8267 300 BOOM-TO- BREAKER COMBINATIONS POWER YOUR PRODUCTIVITY

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