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Complimentary Conservation Academy Webinar TODAY - Why Bats Matter: Protection and Awareness Strategies

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Wednesday, June 1, 2016

This afternoon, at 1pm EST The Wildlife Habitat Council is offering a complimentary webinar entitled, ​Why Bats Matter: Protection and Awareness Strategies. Given the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to list the Northern Long Eared Bat as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act in response to the negative impact of white nose syndrome on the bat population, this webinar may provide some insight into the decision as well as proactive solutions the industry may be able to implement. The webinar will be led by McKenzie Hall, NJ DEP, Division of Fish and Wildlife, Endangered and Nongame Species Program.

Click here to register free of charge.

Tags:  esa  fws  Northern Long-Eared Bat  webinar 

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New York Times Prints NISA Response to Anti-Sand Mining Op-Ed

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Last Monday the New York Times ran an op-ed piece critical of industrial sand mining in the upper Midwest, The Sand Mines That Ruin Farmland The op-ed was written by Nancy Loeb, an assistant clinical professor at Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law and expressed the opinion that sand mining is an undesirable use of the land in the Midwest. Ms. Loeb's opinion is predicated on a lack of understanding of the industry and the regulations sand producers follow to ensure socially and environmentally responsible development.

NISA President, Mark Ellis, along with the Chairman of the NISA Communications Task Force, John Ulizio and Joan Gartlan, a communications consultant NISA use during the silica litigation crisis, crafted a letter to the editor as a response. The New York Times ran NISA's letter yesterday. Crafting a NISA response presented some challenges.  Ms. Loeb's op-ed ran in excess of 900 words.  However, letters to the editor of the New York Times typically are limited to just 150-175 words.  NISA's letter ran slightly over 200 words as published. To read NISA's Letter, Sand Mining Compliance click here

In addition to NISA's distribution, we collaborated with the American Petroleum Institute (API) to disseminate the letter to the editor.  API offered to distribute the letter via its Energy from Shale Twitter account.  It also has shared it with other third parties, as well.  Ms. Loeb's op-ed is precisely the type of misinformation NISA continues to correct in the ongoing public debate over the impacts of the industry on our communities. 

Tags:  industrial sand  new york times  news  NISA  op-ed  sand 

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Important Supreme Court Decision Involving the Clean Water Act

Posted By Chris Greissing, Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled against the Obama Administration in a case involving the clean water act and when landowners can challenge certain decisions about water permits in courts.  

The case, Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc. involved a North Dakota peat mining company that wanted to challenge a government determination that its mining plans would require Clean Water Act permits.

At issue here was whether the Army Corps of Engineers’ “jurisdictional determinations” about whether permits are required represent “final agency actions” that can be challenged in court.
The Obama Administration’s position has been these actions can not be challenged in the court system, while industry and other opponents have been arguing that they should have the option to contest these decisions in the court system.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion from the court that a jurisdictional determination approved by the Army Corps of Engineers was a final agency action and that is subject to judicial review.

The full opinion and concurring opinions can be viewed here


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Monday Moves: MBM3 The Mini-Break-Minute Series Continues!

Posted By Darrell Smith, Monday, May 30, 2016
It is often challenging to find a proper time and location to perform a stretching routine during the workday. We are pleased to offer a MineFit solution to this challenge with Mini-Break-Minutes (MBM’s). Workers can embrace the MBM as a sitting break or a standing activity, depending on how it best compliments the daily rigors of their job. 

So take this chance, whether you are sitting in the office or performing on-site duties, to share these MBM”s with those around you. And more importantly, lead by example and do your MBM”s to (1) improve focus; (2) increase circulation, and (3) keep muscles and joints healthy for daily sustainability.  

This week we present the third MBM: FOLDED LEG HIP STRETCH 

MBM3: Fold your ankle over the opposite kneecap and press down on the folded knee to feel a stretch in the hip, then lean forward from the waist slightly, and hold for 5 breaths each leg. You can do it sitting or standing up, with your other hand supporting you on a wall. Great for pre-shift, post-lunch, or on-site. 

Why? This move opens your hips to get blood flow to this area which is often very impinged, reduces knee and hip pain and aching, and reduces lower back and knee pain as it is referred from tight hips.

Remember: Performing an action which reverses daily worksite repetitive movement patterns reduces chronic pain and injury, and is statistically proven to improve overall worker productivity. Set an alarm for every two hours of your work shift to perform your MBM’s.
 

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MineFit TidBit: Are You a Gardener? Then consider your cardiovascular system SAFE!

Posted By Darrell Smith, Friday, May 27, 2016
It is the best time of year to garden, and there are undoubtedly many green thumbs amongst the IMA-NA membership base. Gardening is a highly beneficial form of physical exercise, so keep up the planting and growing!

Did you know…?

General gardening, pushing a power mower, and weeding can burn the same amount of calories per hour as jogging or doing the elliptical? At a rate of between 250-500 calories per hour, this outdoor activity is a great way to earn your cook-out food and beverage, and make your garden a beautiful bed of flowers and produce.  

Remember that you should warm-up using the MineFit Super On-Site Stretching Series, and follow other safety precautions you learn at work such as wearing gloves and proper shoes.

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Monday Moves: MBM2 The Mini-Break-Minute Series Continues

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Monday, May 23, 2016

It is often challenging to find a proper time and location to perform a stretching routine during the workday. We are pleased to offer a MineFit solution to the this challenge with Mini-Break-Minutes (MBM’s). Workers can embrace the MBM as a sitting break or a standing activity, depending on how it best compliments the daily rigors of their job.

When you can’t get up and about to do your standing stretch and warm-up, or if you are in the middle of a task during the workday, perform your MBM's to improve focus, increase circulation, keep muscles and joints healthy, and sustain the mind and body.

This week we present the second MBM: Overhead Breathing

MBM2: Raise your arms over your head and extend your fingertips, splaying your hands as far apart as you can, then turn Right and Left 4x each side, taking a big breath on each turn.

Why?: This move opens your ribcage to get more air into your lungs. It helps relieve neck and upper back pain, and improves blood flow to the arms and the brain.

Remember: Performing an action which reverses daily worksite repetitive movement patterns reduces chronic pain and injury, and is statistically proven to improve overall worker productivity. Set an alarm for every two hours of your work shift to perform this MBM.

Standing:

 

 

Seated:

 

Tags:  mbm  MineFit  mini-break-minute  Monday Moves  monica pampell  Stretch Series 

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WEBINAR: Fighting the Food Coma

Posted By Darrell Smith, Saturday, May 21, 2016
WEBINAR: Fighting the Food Coma

Date and Time
Thursday, May 26, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

Register by Clicking Here

As part of the MineFit Q2 initiative, we concentrate on Focus and Attention. In this webinar we will examine the Glycemic Cycle, which refers to the effect of blood sugar levels on physical energy and cognitive alertness. The body and mind tend to perform optimally when blood sugar levels are kept relatively consistent (in addition to keeping body weight and diabetes risk in check). During the development of the MineFit program, we theorized that that there is a likely trend in injuries within the mining industry that would correlate with time of day. As a result, the IMA-NA obtained time-of-day injury data for the U.S. mining industry since the year 2000 and confirmed that the highest rates of injury occurred just before and after lunchtime: times of the day when blood sugar levels might be compromised. The Glycemic Cycle is indeed a silent adversary in the battle to combat mine injuries and fatalities. Join us to learn how to fight the food coma and keep workers' focus and health preserved throughout their shift. 

Presenter: Monica Pampell, MineFit Head Coach

Remember, if you can not attend, you should still register so that you will receive the recording.

Cost: $39/person for IMA members 
$69/person for non-members 

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MineFit Tidbit: Fighting Fatigue (8 Common Causes of and Solutions for Fatigue)

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, May 20, 2016

The MineFit Q2 initiative, Attention and Focus, has presented a variety of information, research and applications for physical activity and nutrition, aiming to improve focus, attention, mood, productivity, morale, and physical state of being. 

This week for our MineFit Tidbit, we turn to identifying and curing fatigue, which can present itself from a wide base of possible root causes.  Here are the top identifiers of fatigue, and solutions for a more restful night, and a better, more productive day.  

 

1. The Obvious: lack of sleep.  

Solution:  Turn off all TV’s and devices 1 hour before bedtime, to reduce serotonin production in the brain and help induce a better night’s rest.

2. Sleep Apnea: this condition is marked by brief interruptions in breathing, causing tiny wake-ups throughout the night.  

Solution: Lose weight and stop smoking, and go to a sleep clinic to check for this condition.

3. Lack of Food Fuel: eating too little causes fatigue; however, you might be getting the wrong foods, which cause abnormal fluctuations in blood sugar and lead to fatigue and lack of focus:  

Solution: Always eat breakfast and be sure there is protein added to each of your meals, especially breakfast. 

4. Depression: this disorder is commonly thought of as emotional; however, it has many physical manifestations, namely fatigue and headache.  

Solution:  Take an online screening test and try to use lifestyle habits to improve your mood and positively affect fatigue.  

5. Diabetes: wherever you are on the spectrum of diabetes and insulin resistance, this causes a malfunction in the ability to convert food to energy, resulting in fatigue and low energy, despite eating enough food.  

Solution: In most cases, diabetes can be treated with lifestyle changes, namely in the form of cardiovascular exercise and monitoring blood sugar. 

6. Dehydration:  fatigue is commonly a result of dehydration, especially for people who don’t engage in physical activity and thus don’t perceive the need for fluids.  

Solution:  If you are thirsty, you are already fatigued, so have two cups of water per hour and monitor urine frequency and color.  

7. Shift Work Sleep Disorder: working nights or rotating shifts such that your schedule changes, can disrupt your internal clock and lead to chronic fatigue.  

Solution: Limit your exposure to sunlight when you need to rest, keep your room very quiet and cool, and do not use devices when you are trying to settle down to sleep.  

8. Heart Disease:  when fatigue strikes everyday activities such as cleaning the house or gardening, it can be an sign of incoming heart disease, or the slow blockage of the arteries and blood flow in the body.  

Solution: Lifestyle changes, mainly in the form of cardiovascular exercise and weight management, curb heart disease before it gets out of hand.

Tags:  fatigue  health  MineFit  safety and health 

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IMA-NA Members Visit Capitol Hill

Posted By Chris Greissing, Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Last week, IMA-NA held our annual Washington, DC, Spring meeting.  One of the primary purposes of the meeting is to get our members in front of the decision makers on Capitol Hill.  This year, our members made dozens of visits over a day and a half to key offices educating Members of Congress and their staffs on the need to maintain the percentage depletion tax deduction in any tax reform effort in 2017.   Natural resources companies, such as IMA member companies, under current law, are allowed to claim as a deduction for depletion, a percentage of the gross income from their properties.  This percentage varies depending on the type of mineral.  The deduction recognizes the unique nature of resources investments, which require significant financial commitments to long-term projects where the resource itself is depleted over time.  It allows our companies to deliver a competitive product at a low margin.  We need to maintain this deduction because it allows companies to invest in land they need for future mineral reserves in order to keep their businesses sustainable; to make necessary capital expenditures; and allows the companies to make growth-oriented investments.  IMA-NA staff will continue to work diligently on this effort throughout the year.

The other major issue our members discussed included the effort underway to reduce the federal royalty rate for soda ash mined on federal land from 6% to 2% for a period of five years.  Market conditions have made this legislation vital for the industry. The combination of the strong dollar, currency manipulation in China and the subsidies provided by China to their manufacturers is negatively impacting our ability to be competitive in the global market place.  Senator John Barrasso (R- WY) has introduced S. 2031, the American Soda Ash Competitiveness Act.  The legislation is a bi-partisan bill with 5 Democrats and 5 Republicans supporting this effort.  On the House side, Congressman Paul Cook (R-CA) has introduced a companion bill, HR 1992, which has passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee on a bi-partisan vote.  IMA-NA is continuing to work with key members in the House and Senate to ensure that this vital bill moves forward this session of Congress.

 

 

Searles Valley Minerals President Avinash Puri and Director Government Affairs and Public Relations Arzell Hale meet with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy

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Monday Moves: Introducing the Mini-Break-Minute Series!

Posted By Darrell Smith, Monday, May 16, 2016

It is often challenging to find a proper time and location to perform a stretching routine during the workday. We are pleased to offer a solution to the this challenge with Mini-Break-Minutes (MBM’s):

When you can’t get up and about to do your standing stretch and warm-up, or if you are in the middle of a task during the workday, perform your MBM's to improve focus, increase circulation, keep muscles and joints healthy, and sustain the mind and body.

This week we present the first of three MBM’s to be compiled as a set of complementary movement patterns, aiming to off-set typical workday actions (or, the lack thereof!).   

Performing an action which reverses daily worksite repetitive movement patterns reduces chronic pain and injury, and is statistically proven to improve overall worker productivity.  

Instructions:  Set an alarm for every two hours of your work shift to perform this MBM.

MBM1: While seated, lift the leg up and down, using hip and thigh to move the leg. Keep your toes pointed up for 12 repetitions and pointed down for 12 more. Switch legs. Keep stomach long and firm.  
Optional: Extend the leg out straight in front of you, squeezing your kneecap and rolling the ankle to loosen your foot.  

 

 

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