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First Friday Ask IMA - This Friday

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Wednesday, September 6, 2017

As a reminder, First Friday's Ask IMA was rescheduled to take place this coming Friday, September 8th at 1:00 EST. Staff will update members on the anticipated legislative and regulatory calendar for the fall, our ongoing work on percentage depletion, CERCLA, and WOTUS, and highlight some exciting speakers we have lined up for the Annual Meeting. We are looking forward to connecting with members on Friday.

 

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Annual Meeting - Room Block Ends Today

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The IMA-NA annual meeting is taking place September 25 – 28, 2017 at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. To check out the exciting program we've put together this year, please click here. If you've not registered or reserved your room already please consider doing so now. 

To take advantage of our discounted room rate, you will need to make your reservation today. The discounted room rate is $209/night and it expires today September 5, 2017. To book a room at the Loews, you can do so here. Or you can call: 877-868-9134 and mention the Industrial Minerals Association to receive the discounted rate. The hotel is currently very close to selling out outside of our room block and after today we are unable to guarantee room availability or price.

To register for the meeting please click here.

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David Zatezalo Nominated to Head MSHA

Posted By Mark Ellis, Tuesday, September 5, 2017

On Saturday, President Trump nominated David G. Zatezalo of West Virginia to be the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health.  Prior to his retirement as Chairman of Rhino Resources GP, LLC in late 2014, he had served as President and CEO, and was previously Chief Operating Officer of Rhino as well as President of Hopedale Mining, LLC.  Mr. Zatezalo began his mining career in 1974 with Consolidation Coal Company as a UMWA laborer, became a foreman and subsequently General Superintendent for Southern Ohio Coal Company and General Manager of AEP’s Windsor Coal Company.  He later rose to be Vice-President of Operations of AEP’s Appalachian Mining Operations.  Mr. Zatezalo also worked in Australia for Broken Hill Proprietary, Ltd as a General Mine Manager.  Mr. Zatezalo is a Mining Engineering graduate from West Virginia University where he received the 1977 West Virginia University Student Foundation Merit Award.  He became a Professional Engineer and received an award for high grade on the mining exam in 1981.  He also completed the Masters of Business Administration program at Ohio University in 1994.

IMA-NA looks forward to working with Mr. Zatezalo upon his confirmation and swearing-in.

News on Mr. Zatezalo’s nomination can be accessed by clicking here.


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First Friday Ask IMA - Rescheduled

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Wednesday, August 30, 2017

In deference to the holiday weekend, IMA-NA is rescheduling First Friday's Ask IMA for September. The call is rescheduled for next Friday, September 8th at 1:00 EST. Staff will be updating members on the anticipated legislative and regulatory calendar for the fall, our ongoing work on percentage depletion, CERCLA, and WOTUS, and highlight some exciting speakers we have lined up for the Annual Meeting. We are looking forward to connecting with members next week.

 

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EPA Announces Public Meetings to Discuss the Definition of “Waters of the United States”

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Following the EPA's announced proposal, in July, to withdraw the Obama Administration's "Waters of the US" (WOTUS) rule, the Agency will be working on a new proposal to define the jurisdictional reach of the Clean Water Act. Two weeks ago, the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers announced the extension of the comment period on the proposal and then yesterday announced a series of public meetings throughout the fall to solicit stakeholder input. There will be ten public teleconferences held to solicit recommendations from different sectors for how to redefine the Waters of the US. In addition to the teleconferences there will be one in-person meeting for small entities, held in conjunction with the Small Business Administration. The mining sector meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 31 from 1-3pm EST. 

In addition to IMA-NA's ongoing work on our industry coalition and individual comments, staff will be participating in the meetings and encourages members to participate as well. 

To read more about the meetings and register click here.

 

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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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