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US House Members send letter to the EPA Requesting EPA Scrap Proposed CERCLA Rule

Posted By Chris Greissing, Thursday, August 10, 2017
Updated: Thursday, August 10, 2017
Just prior to the U.S. House of Representatives adjourning for its summer recess, a letter from 42 Members of Congress was sent to U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt encouraging him to scrap the overly burdensome CERCLA § 108(b) proposal that originated in the Obama Administration.  The proposal would mandate Superfund Financial Responsibility Requirements under CERCLA § 108(b) for Classes of Facilities in the Hardrock Mining Industry.  Section 108 (b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) gives the EPA authority to require certain classes of facilities to establish and maintain evidence of financial responsibility.  

The Industrial Minerals Association - North America, along with our industry colleagues, joined an effort led by the Congressional Western Caucus and its Chairman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) to encourage Members of Congress to sign on and support this letter to Administrator Pruitt.  The proposal has caused great concern to the mining industry as the costs associated with the proposal could be crippling to the industry.  

The EPA is currently under a court order to come to a resolution on this issue by December 1, 2017.  It is our hope that between this letter led by the Western Caucus, industry comments and other Congressional input, that the EPA will conclude that the rulemaking is duplicative and unnecessary, as there are already robust requirements in place at both the state and federal level.  

IMA-NA is encouraging EPA to choose the “no action” alternative provided to them in this case.  IMA-NA is very grateful to our allies in Congress who supported this effort in pushing back against this overly burdensome and duplicative proposal.

IMA-NA has filed both stand alone and coalition comments on this issue too.  Both are attached. 
To view the letter sent to EPA Administrator Pruitt, click here.

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Wisconsin Enacts Regulatory Overhaul Process

Posted By Chris Greissing, Thursday, August 10, 2017

On August 9th, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) signed S.B. 15, the first state-level regulatory overhaul legislation. Similar federal legislation has been passed in the U.S. House of Representatives several times in recent years, but action has thus far stalled in the U.S. Senate.  The legislation modifies Wisconsin’s Administrative rule-making process in terms of the preparation of “statements of scope”, “economic impact analysis” (EIA), gubernatorial approvals, emergency rules, and most importantly forbids state agencies from implementing any rules costing industry more than $10 million without formal approval from the legislature.  The law requires the Department of Administration to review all statements of scope and determine whether an agency has full authority to promulgate a rule.  The department could then make recommendations to the governor to approve or reject the statement of scope. The department also must perform EIAs to determine whether a proposed rule would cause implementation and compliance costs of more than $10 million over two years.  If the department found a rule would exceed that $10 million threshold, then it would be unable to move the regulation forward without legislative authorization or modifications that would bring the law’s cost to under the $10 million limit.

 

To view the legislation, click here.

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MineFit Monday Move: Don't Forget Your Deltoid!

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Monday, August 7, 2017

Happy Monday!  

 

Often, the shoulder (aka the deltoid) is quite neglected.  It’s not your fault!  But, you can do a very simple exercise to engage your shoulder muscle, as it helps reduce rotator cuff injury AND will relieve neck stress.  

  • Perform 20 repetitions of this movement while sitting at your desk, on a break from operating your equipment, or just standing up for a quick break. 
  •  Pretend you have weights on the tips of your elbows, and lead with your elbows instead of your hands.  It’s called the lateral raise.
  • Keep your arms bent at 90 degrees the entire time.
  • And...always breathe.

Have a wonderful week.

 

Your MineFit Head Coach,

Monica 

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Sage Grouse Update

Posted By Chris Greissing, Monday, August 7, 2017

As we mentioned on the IMA-NA First Friday call last week, it appeared as if the Department of Interior was finalizing the review of the Obama Administration’s greater sage grouse conservation plans.  

Earlier today, Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke released the report.  The suggestions contained in the report show that the current administration is planning on quickly implementing these suggestions to dramatically change the Obama Administration’s plans.  

The report suggests that the Department of Interior will be moving away from the restrictive and costly restrictions previously requested by the Obama administration.  Secretary Zinke is encouraging the implementation of nine broad recommendations, including: reevaluating habitat protections; allowing states to set population objectives; providing more flexibility in management decisions; clarifying standards for waivers to habitat protections; and changing the policy on oil leasing in affected areas.

To view the report, click here.

A reminder- we provide legislative, regulatory and general updates to membership on our First Friday phone calls.  Please join us on September 1st at 1PM ET for the next call.  And as always, don’t hesitate to contact IMA-NA staff if you have any questions.

Registration is also now open for our Annual meeting where we will discuss this issue among many others.  Registration information is available, here.

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Friday MineFit Tidbit: Do you know your food label?

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, August 4, 2017
Happy Friday!

Although a diet which includes as many fruits and vegetables as possible is ideal, eating out of a box or food container is inevitable. So, how well do you know your label? Take this fun quiz online to find out some things about nutrition facts on food containers. And, you can also download an app that helps you scan your labels right at the store. Remember: make sure to avoid saturated fat, and keep your sodium in check. Look for foods which contain monounsaturated fat, protein, and fiber. Enjoy your weekend!

Your MineFit Head Coach,
Monica

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Suggestions for Food Label Scanner apps

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First Friday Ask IMA - Today

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, August 4, 2017

Please join us for August's First Friday Ask IMA today, August 4th at 1:00pm EST. IMA-NA staff will update members on ongoing legislative and regulatory issues, including our ongoing work on tax reform, comments filed addressing regulatory issues both in the US and Canada, the status of WOTUS, and more. In addition to updating members on lobbying efforts and issues of concern for the industry, staff will also be discussing more internally facing IMA-NA initiatives.

 

Click here to register

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MineFit Monday Move: The Easiest Way to Stretch your Hip

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Monday, July 31, 2017

Happy Monday!  

 Tight hip muscles can cause problems with walking, can inhibit the ability to lift and carry heavy objects, and even affect your mood.  Here is the EASIEST way to stretch your hip:

  • Stand up.
  • Brace your hand against a wall.
  • Draw your hand to your kneecap, and pull the knee up to your chest.
  • Hold it in place and try to take five full deep breaths, feeling the stretch in the back of you hip.  
  • Keep your back as tall as possible while you do this stretch.

Have a Wonderful Week!

Your MineFit Head Coach,

Monica 

Tags:  health  MineFit  Monday Moves  monica pampell  safety and health 

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Friday MineFit Tidbit: Fight Cognitive Decline

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, July 28, 2017

Happy Friday!

Want to Learn Something? Read Ahead…

One of the greatest health threats we face as we get older is cognitive decline. As we age, connections between brain cells weaken are cells can’t communicate with each other as effectively, leading to problems with memory and cognitive ability.

Good News!!

Cognitive decline doesn’t have to be an inevitable part of aging.

Try something different this weekend…something outside of your wheelhouse:

Plant something,
Complete a puzzle,
Read a book on a subject you haven’t explored,
Call a family member,
Go explore a new part of town.


Read more about the 6 Pillars of Brain Health here!

Tags:  brain health  cognitive decline  health  MineFit  minefit tidbit  safety and health  total worker health 

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WOTUS Repeal Update

Posted By Chris Greissing, Friday, July 28, 2017
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers have formally proposed the withdrawal of the Obama Administration’s highly controversial water rule. The formal notice appeared in the Federal Register on Thursday, July 27th.  It provides for a 30 day public comment period on the proposal.  

The Obama water rule has been put on hold by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals since shortly after it was finalized in 2015. This proposal would remove the Obama rule from the books and allow the current EPA to work on its own rule to define the jurisdictional reach of the Clean Water Act.  That proposal is expected to be released before the end of the year.  

IMA-NA has been working extensively within an industry coalition and will be putting together comments both within that coalition and submitting our own comments which will support the coalition comments.  

To view the proposal, click here.

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Update on Tax Reform

Posted By Chris Greissing, Thursday, July 27, 2017
Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) issued a joint statement on tax reform.  It is anticipated that this will lead to legislative text being drafted in the coming weeks, and likely released in September.  

IMA-NA has been hard at work on tax reform throughout the year, particularly as it relates to the percentage depletion deduction.  We have held numerous meetings with key staff on the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee throughout the year.  We also filed comments with the Senate Finance Committee on the percentage depletion deduction last week (attached).  We have held two successful fly-ins in March and July to get our members in front of key Members of Congress and their staffs on this issue. We thank you for your participation!

IMA-NA has also taken on a leadership role in the industry coalition and is working to show the broad impact that this deduction has not just on our industry, but across manufacturing as a whole. We are arranging visits with the other coalition members with key staff in Congress and the Administration.  We will continue our efforts to educate Members of Congress to this important issue and provide you with updates as they become available.

To view the White House press release from today, click here.  
 

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