SEC Proposes Rules Relating To Specialized Disclosure Of Use Of Conflict Minerals


On December 15, 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rules to implement Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act), which requires new disclosures by reporting issuers concerning their use of conflict minerals (generally tantalum, tin, gold, or tungsten) that originated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or an adjoining country. The proposed rules are available at (see alert below for link).

Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act amended the Securities Exchange Act by adding a new Section 13(p), which requires the SEC to promulgate disclosure and reporting regulations regarding the use of conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and adjoining countries (together, the DRC Countries). According to the Dodd-Frank Act, the extreme levels of violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo financed by the exploitation and trade of conflict minerals originating in the DRC Countries led Congress to enact this provision.

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