Tantalum Mining News

Cobalt: will 2017 be a year of change?

A number of suspensions, most notably Katanga Mining in the DRC, have contributed to a tight metal market.

US Lithium to mine for copper, nickel, cobalt in Canada’s Saskatchewan

The Gochagar Lake project, until now property of Diamond Hunter, consists of four claims covering 3,759 hectares located in northern Saskatchewan.

DR Congo’s perfect storm

A leaked White House memo, which outlines the suspension of a portion of the Dodd-Frank rule on ‘conflict minerals’, will exacerbate already high levels of violence in DR Congo.

US mulls scaling back ‘conflict minerals’ rule

The US Securities and Exchange Commission is reconsidering the rule, which requires companies to trace and report whether their products contain minerals from a war-torn part of Africa.

Eight dead, 35 injured in Congo mining hub amid anti-Govt protests

Congolese security forces accused of shooting civilians in the southern city of Lubumbashi.

New initiative aims to advance responsible sourcing of raw materials in technology supply chains

The EICC and CFSI Launch the Multi-Industry Responsible Raw Materials Initiative (RRMI).

Congo’s cobalt production set to soar despite claims of child labour

Last year, the country's cobalt production accounted for just over half of the world's output.

China snaps up $4.5bn worth of overseas mining assets in just six months

Most of them have been after existing operations and companies, rather than trying to build mines from scratch.

Fresh wave of Chinese firms to go after Congo’s riches — report

Faced with declining domestic production, China's top copper company — Minmetals — said earlier this year that the "only solution” was going overseas, and many are following its steps.

Illegal gold trade in Congo still benefiting armed groups, foreign companies

Illegally acquired and exported gold from the mineral-rich eastern Congo keeps filling the pockets of some foreign companies as well as armed groups, a new report shows.

Report highlights progress against child labour in mining in Congo

International development nonprofit Pact released Friday a report detailing the progress of efforts to address child labour in mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Apple, Sony, Samsung linked to child labour claims in cobalt mines

Consumer products sold across the globe could contain traces of the metal produced by informal Congolese mines, who employ children as young as seven, says Amnesty International.

What do conflict minerals have to do with financial reform?

A small statute in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Protection Act is wreaking havoc in the Congo, according to a new report by National Center for Policy Analysis Senior Fellow David Grantham.

Avalon Rare Metals begins pilot plant program at lithium asset

The facility aims to test a new lithium minerals process developed by the company over the past year.

Dodd-Frank: Five years and $1.5 trillion later

In the five years since the Dodd-Frank Act passed, oil produced in developing countries was worth an estimated $1.55 trillion for those governments. But because the landmark US transparency law remains delayed, any payments that flowed to governments took place with limited or no transparency.

When it comes to conflict mining regulation, should one size fit all?

Conflict mining remains an important issue, and one we are beginning to see governments step in to address in different ways.

Avalon banks on new ‘blood metals’ rule for Canada’s tin mine success

The miner is spending $1.3 million in exploration work aimed to reopen a historic tin-indium mine in Nova Scotia.

CFSI enables companies to comply with new EU Conflict Minerals rules

Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative Expands Geographic Scope, Adopts Risk-Based Approach

EU lawmakers surprise with vote on ‘blood metals’ ban

The main objective of the legislation is to ensure that profits from those so-called “blood metals” — tungsten, tin, tantalum and gold — do not go to African warlords.

EU lawmakers toughen up rules limiting the import of conflict minerals

The lawmakers voted 22 to 16 to strengthen a draft law requiring importers, smelters and refiners to certify their goods are conflict-free.

Apple ‘deeply offended’ by BBC documentary on its suppliers exploiting children

The investigative reporting piece exposed extremely poor working conditions in factories making Apple products in China and Indonesia.

Congo mines no longer controlled by warlords and militia —report

Tin, tantalum and tungsten mines used to generate $185 million a year for armed groups. Now, about two-thirds of those operations are part of peaceful supply chains, study shows.

Stakeholders applaud as first round of SEC conflict minerals reports filed

A coalition of NGOs and sustainable and responsible investors has released a list of criteria to assist in evaluating the reports.

Most US companies ‘unsure’ of whether they use conflict minerals in their products

First reports submitted to the US and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) seem vague.

EU proposes conflict minerals law; rights group says it's toothless

The proposed law sets up a system of self-certification for importers of tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold.