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Webinar on June 13th- North American Minerals Day 2018

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, June 9, 2017

As you know, 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of European Minerals Day and the 3rd for North American Minerals Day. Staff for both IMA-Europe and IMA-NA developed the program as a way to spread awareness of the industrial minerals industry through member hosted events.  European Minerals Day takes place in September, a month before the target week of October 8th for North American Minerals Day.  We are beginning the process of planning events across Europe and North America. Join us on June 13th at 1:00pm EDT for a webinar to learn about the program and how you and your company can get involved.

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Tags:  education  European Minerals Day  IMA-Europe  North American Minerals Day  North American Minerals Days  outreach 

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Sage Grouse Conservation Plans Under Review

Posted By Chris Greissing, Thursday, June 8, 2017

United States Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced a review of the federal greater sage grouse conservation plans.  The secretarial order signed by Zinke, will establish a review panel to look at both federal and state level efforts to protect the birds, and will likely lead to changes to how they are managed.  

 

The review panel will include members of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and will focus on principal threats to the sage grouse’s habitat. 

 

The review will last for 60 days and then a summary and recommendations will be given to Secretary Zinke for next steps.  

 

IMA-NA will closely follow this process and will be prepared to file public comments if and when that opportunity arises.

 

To view the press release from the Department of Interior, click here.

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How to Arrange a Congressional Tour at Your Facility

Posted By Chris Greissing, Thursday, June 8, 2017

As many of you know, the Congressional session is in a month-long recess in August.  Members of Congress are largely back in their state/district over this period.  They are looking for opportunities to meet with constituents, and doing plant/facility tours is a great way for them to be able to do so.  By inviting the members of Congress out to your facility and conducting the tours, you are also helping to build a relationship with these offices.  Building relationships and educating them on the importance of your facilities to their districts/states is a vital part of having a successful legislative strategy, as they are more likely to be willing to help if and when a legislative issue arises.  

As we continue to push for the retention of the percentage depletion deduction in tax reform, holding these visits is a great way to help educate the members of Congress and their staffs on the issue.  IMA can supply talking points and background materials for your use on this issue.  We expect this will be an ideal time to discuss this particular issue as tax reform negotiations are expected to be ongoing throughout the month of August as things currently stand.  

This is a great time to send invitations to Congressional offices for those August visits.  Attached you’ll find instructions on how to best run one of these tours from start to finish.

IMA-NA staff is here to help you as well with any questions you may have and to help in any aspect in arranging these tours.  

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Senate Committee Advances Four More Presidential Nominees

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Today the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources convened to consider advancing four more nominees for roles in the Administration. The four nominees up for consideration by the Committee were: David Bernhardt to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior, Dan Brouillette to be Deputy Secretary of Energy, and Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson to be Members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). As has been reported on extensively, the Administration has hundreds of positions to fill within its various departments and agencies. Unfortunately, until these positions are filled federal agencies remain largely incapable of acting on their mission areas due to being understaffed. FERC stands out, as IMA-NA has noted, as an agency in dire need of staffing; however most of the Departments are equally hamstrung without appointed Deputy Secretaries. Chairwoman Murkowski herself is, reportedly, displeased with the pace of confirmation votes, as these nominees increased the number cleared through the Committee during this session to 6. 

Fortunately, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources moved the four nominees one step closer to confirmation by reporting all of them out of Committee favorably. Only David Bernhardt passed through the Committee without strong bipartisan votes. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Angus King (I-Maine) were the only non-Republicans to approve Bernhardt's nomination leading to a vote count of 14-9. Democrats on the Committee withheld support based on his recent career as a lobbyist, working on behalf of energy and mining firms, including oil and gas companies. Environmentalists raised concerns that Bernhardt could use a position as Deputy Secretary of the Interior to enrich his former clients. 

IMA-NA is pleased to see the Senate moving the confirmation process forward and commend the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for approving four qualified nominees for positions of great importance to our federal government. 

Tags:  appointee  confirmation  Congress  department of interior  FERC  legislation  nominee  Senate 

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First Friday Ask IMA - This Afternoon

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, June 2, 2017

Please join us for June's First Friday's Ask IMA today, June 2nd at 1:00pm EST. IMA-NA staff will update members on ongoing legislative and regulatory issues, including percentage depletion, CERCLA 108(b), and the recently released full Presidential budget.  In addition to updating members on lobbying efforts and issues of concern for the industry, staff will also be discussing the upcoming 3rd Annual North American Minerals Day and our partnership with IMA-Europe for the 10th Annual European Minerals Day.

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Tags:  education  first friday  legislation  member outreach  Regulations 

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IMA-NA Comments on Asbestos Consultation Document

Posted By Mark Ellis, Friday, June 2, 2017

The Industrial Minerals Association – North American (IMA-NA) filed comments on Canada’s Consultation Document on the proposed regulatory approach to prohibit asbestos and products containing asbestos published on April 20, 2017 (Consultation Document).  The comments note with approval risk management decisions implemented by various governments.  The comments go on to address the scope of the Consultation Document and its approach to the generic and non-mineralogical term “asbestos.”  IMA-NA stressed the importance of applying sound science in a clear fashion to ensure that common rock fragments and soil are not mistakenly included in any regulation ultimately adopted.  To avoid this unintended outcome, the comments highlighted the importance of using Chemical Abstract Service Registry Numbers to identify with specificity the “asbestos” minerals to be covered.  The comments close by expressing support for the proposed general exemption in the regulations of naturally occurring traces of asbestos.

Responses to the Consultation Document will help inform regulations anticipated to be proposed by Environment and Climate Change Canada and Health Canada in December 2017.

The comments, without the attachments, are posted below.


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Tags:  asbestos  Canada  Consultation Document  Environment and Climate Change Canada  Health Canada  nonasbestiform 

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Friday MineFit TidBit: Are you in Control of Your Blood Sugar?

Posted By Darrell Smith, Friday, May 26, 2017

Did you know that sugar is actually toxic? That is why, after you eat a meal, your body makes insulin to clear this stuff from your bloodstream. What people often don’t know is that, when you consume a meal with a lot of carbohydrate, no protein, or no combination of macronutrient (fat, carb, protein, vitamins, fiber) your insulin levels shoot up and back down again. The consequences of this, in addition to the potential for diabetes, are simply that your body craves more food and sugar - which causes weight gain!  

The Glycemic Index (GI) refers to the speed with which food raises the blood sugar level. This factor, controlled by how much sugar you eat with each meal, is responsible for your energy level, your body weight, and your risk of diabetes.  

Solution?? Switching to lower-GI foods will help to reduce your after-meal blood sugar spikes.   

-High-fiber foods
-Solids digest slower than liquids
-Cold foods
-Less cooked foods
-Whole/natural foods 
-Vinegar-based foods (shocking!  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/06/02/apple-cider-vinegar-hype.aspx)

Please enjoy your long weekend, and be well.

Your MineFit Coach,
Monica 

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Nominations Open for NIOSH Technology Innovations Award

Posted By Mark Ellis, Friday, May 26, 2017

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 NIOSH Mine Safety and Health Technology Innovations Award for Industrial Minerals.  The award and nominations process are described in the attached flyer.  More information on the award and the nominations process can be accessed through the following link:  http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/mining/content/innovationsawards.html.  The nominations process closes on Friday, June 30.  The award for industrial minerals will be presented in conjunction with the IMA-NA Annual Meeting, September 25-28, 2017, in Chicago, IL.  We encourage you to consider self-nominating your company for the award.


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Tags:  IMA-NA Annual Meeting  NIOSH  Technology Innovations Award 

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IMA-NA Submits Comments for House Ways and Means Committee Hearing on Tax Reform

Posted By Chris Greissing, Friday, May 26, 2017

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee held their first hearing on tax reform.  The title of the hearing was “How Tax Reform Will Grow Our Economy and Create Jobs”.  

 

Testifying at the hearing were: John Stephens, Sr. Executive VP and CFO, AT&T; Zachary Mottl, Chief Alignment Officer, Atlas Tool Works, Inc.; David Farr, Chairman and CEO, Emerson Electric Co.; Douglas Peterson, President and CEO, S&P Global, Inc.; and Steven Rattner, Chairman Willett Advisors, LLC.  

 

A full hearing report is attached below.  

 

IMA-NA has been meeting with Members of the Committee for the past several months educating them on the importance of retaining the percentage depletion deduction as they move forward with tax reform. With this hearing, IMA saw a strategic opportunity to get this position on the record formally with the Committee and submitted the attached comments. 

 

We are making good progress at educating Members on the importance of this deduction to our industry and the downstream impact that this has on manufacturing as well. As you have seen though in various news reports, the path forward for tax reform is constantly shifting, so we have to remain on the offensive and push to ensure that our industry is able to come out as strong or stronger in any tax reform effort.  

 

Please let IMA-NA staff know if you have any questions on this important topic. 


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British Columbia Updates Regulation on Silica and Rock Dust Exposure

Posted By Chris Greissing, Wednesday, May 24, 2017

On May 1, 2017, British Columbia updated sections 6.110-6.115 of the Occupational Health Safety (OHS) Regulation (B.C. Reg. 296/97) and related OHS Guidelines to clarify employer requirements to protect workers from exposures to silica dust.  Changes to the regulation include the expansion of section on rock dust to include specific sections protecting workers from the risks of exposure to respirable crystalline silica dust. 

 

The attached two page sheet describes all of the relevant changes to the OHS Regulations and related Guidelines. 

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