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Obama Administration Issues Rule to Substantially Cut Carbon Emissions From Power Plants

Posted By Chris Greissing, Monday, August 3, 2015
Earlier today, President Obama officially authorized the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to proceed with unprecedented regulations on the emissions of carbon dioxide from power plants.

The final Clean Power Plan rule being issued by the EPA on Monday will target an almost one-third (32 percent) reduction in carbon emissions from our nation’s power plants by 2030.  The rule assigns states’ reduction responsibilities based on three criteria: heat-rate improvements at coal plants; a shift from coal to natural gas use; and renewable energy.  States are required to submit final implementation plans to EPA by 2018 with the rule taking effect in 2022.  

There were several big changes in the final rule as compared to the proposal from last June, none of which were  positive.  The Administration raised the target from 30% up to 32%.  The Administration also chose to now include a series of incentives that promote solar energy and wind over natural gas in the final rule, which could significantly impact the natural gas market as well.  

There will likely be numerous lawsuits and other challenges from states, coal producers, and utilities to this rule as it stands to cost billions of dollars to implement, which will likely have serious consequences on the overall economy and cost jobs.  

To view the rule, click here.
To view the White House Fact Sheet, click here.

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IMA-NA Signs Letter Supporting Maintaining the Existing Ground Level Ozone Standard

Posted By Chris Greissing, Friday, July 31, 2015
Earlier this week, the Industrial Minerals Association - North America, along with over 260 other trade associations, signed a letter to the President and Congress that supports maintaining the existing ground-level ozone standard.  An ad will also run in the NY Times, Washington Post and television spots throughout the country featuring the full list of supporters encouraging the President to step in again to prevent EPA from tightening the ozone standard.  

This was done in anticipation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sending over to the Administration a new National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone that will be among the most expensive regulations in our country’s history as it will likely significantly lower the existing 75 parts per billion standard for ground-level ozone.

You can view the letter here.  A copy of the ad is here.

More information on this effort can also be found here.

This message has already begun to resonate on the Hill, as a bipartisan group of over 100 Congressmen sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy asking the Agency to retain the existing ozone standard.  That letter can be found here.

IMA-NA will continue to work within this coalition to encourage the Administration to maintain the existing NAAQS standard for ozone.

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Ed Green will Address the IMA-NA Safety Committee

Posted By Darrell Smith, Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Mr. Ed Green of Crowell and Moring will make a presentation titled “Update on the Health Effects of Diesel Exhaust: DEMS and the Health Effects Institute Diesel Epidemiology Panel Report” during the Safety and Health Committee meeting at the 2015 IMA-NA Annual Meeting.  Mr. Green’s talk will take place on Thursday, September 17 at 3:30 PM.

About Mr. Green
Edward M. Green is senior counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Crowell & Moring where he concentrates on regulatory and legislative matters affecting the mining and natural resources industries. Mr. Green's practice focuses on safety and health matters arising out of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. He has decades of experience in complex occupational health issues relating to respirable dust, diesel particulate matter, silica, other airborne contaminants, occupational noise exposure, and the approval and certification of respirators and mining machinery and equipment. Mr. Green's background as a senior administrator of the federal mine safety and health agency and then as general counsel of the mining industry's trade association gives him a unique perspective and understanding of the personnel and workings of both the government and the mining industry. This allows him to develop credible pathways to winning objectives for his clients…keep reading.

To view the program and register for the Annual Meeting, click here.

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Sponsor Spotlight: GATX

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Tuesday, July 28, 2015

During the lead up to the Annual Meeting, IMA-NA will take the opportunity to highlight our sponsors.  Associate Member, GATX, is sponsoring the "Longest Drive" prize for our golf outing.  Headquartered in Chicago, GATX is a global transportation company made up of four different groups: Rail North America, Rail International, American Steamship Company (“ASC”) and Portfolio Management. GATX's primary focus, since its founding in 1898, has been railcar operating leasing although the portfolio has grown to include non-rail activities. GATX offers full service and net leases for railcars and they offer a variety of raillcars from tank cars, to gondolas to both open and closed hoppers. The size of GATX's fleet allows customers to tailor the lease to fit their specific needs.  GATX is one of IMA-NA's Transportation Associate Members. Streamlined transportation of the minerals IMA-NA members mine is necessary for growth and potential expansion, and a key example of the value in networking within IMA-NA membership. Being able to interact with the various sections creates an environment where the industrial minerals industry can thrive through close professional relationships.


For more information on GATX and their services click here.

To register for the Annual Meeting click here

To inquire about Sponsorship opportunities please contact Ariel Hill-Davis.

Tags:  2015 annual meeting  Associate Member  GATX  sponsorships  spotlight 

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Dana Svendsen to Address the Safety Committee at the Annual Meeting

Posted By Darrell Smith, Monday, July 27, 2015
Status of MSHA POV and Flagrant Litigation
Dana Svendsen, an attorney at Jackson Kelly PLLC, will be addressing the Safety and Health Committee meeting at the IMA-NA 2015 Annual Meeting on Thursday, September 17. Two of the most severe sanctions MSHA can levy are the flagrant designation for individual violations and the Pattern of Violations (POV) designation. Yet, years after the flagrant provision was enacted and MSHA began its renewed focus on POV, application of both sanctions remains mired in uncertainty. Ms. Svendsen’s presentation will discuss the current state of the flagrant designation and POV.

About Dana Svendsen
Dana Svendsen is a Member in the Jackson Kelly PLLC's Denver, Colorado, office where she practices in the Occupational Safety and Health Practice Group. Ms. Svendsen represents industry in matters relating to the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act and other state and federal health statutes in the areas of compliance, policy, legislative and regulatory matters, civil and criminal enforcement issues, accident investigations and special investigations on both state and federal levels. 

To register for the Annual Meeting to take place in Palm Beach, FL on September 15 to 18, 2015, click here.

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Sponsor Spotlight: Preco Electronics

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, July 24, 2015

During the lead up to the Annual Meeting, IMA-NA will take the opportunity to highlight our sponsors.  Associate Member, Preco Electronics is sponsoring the "Closest to the Pin", prize for our golf outing.  Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, Preco Electronics designs and manufactures electronic industrial-safety products. Preco is focused primarily on providing innovative and reliable safety tools to fleet managers, equipment operators and the heavy equipment industry.  Preco's product line, PreView, is a radar system that protects against blind spots for operators and is currently the leading blind spot safety solution in the industry.  Associate Members such as Preco Electronics demonstrate the array of fields and wealth of knowledge represented amongst IMA-NA's total membership.  IMA-NA Members are committed to safety across the board and continue to innovate and implement the best tools necessary to keep the workplace safe for employees; Preco Electronics is but one example of this commitment.


For more information on Preco and their products click here.

To register for the Annual Meeting click here

To inquire about Sponsorship opportunities please contact Ariel Hill-Davis.

Tags:  2015 annual meeting  Associate Member  safety and health  sponsorships 

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Dr. John Richards to Speak at the IMA-NA 2015 Annual Meeting

Posted By Darrell Smith, Thursday, July 23, 2015

Ambient Respirable Crystalline Silica

Dr. John Richards will be addressing the general session of the IMA-NA 2015 Annual Meeting during the luncheon on Thursday, September 17.  Dr. Richards will be discussing ambient silica and his work measuring silica concentrations at the fence lines of sand plants.

About Dr. Richards
John Richards, Ph.D., PE of Air Control Techniques, P.C. of Cary, North Carolina is one of the country’s top experts in the measurement of respirable crystalline silica. Dr. Richards began testing for crystalline silica emissions and fence line concentrations in the mid 1990’s and in 2005 developed the ambient crystalline silica measurement method that is now in widespread use. He conducted  numerous upwind-downwind studies of ambient or airborne silica in the Los Angeles area from 2005 through 2009. 

Dr. Richards began his career at what was then called the National Air Pollution Control Administration (NAPCA) of the U.S. Public Health Service, which in 1970 was absorbed into the newly formed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He was a consultant to the EPA’s Air Pollution Training Institute (APTI) for approximately 20 years, presenting classroom, satellite, and in-field training programs to EPA regional offices and state enforcement agencies in more than 40 states.

Dr. Richards’ wrote many of the Institute’s air pollution control and source inspection courses, some of which are still in use today.

To register for the Annual Meeting, click here.

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OSHA Releases Instructions for New Hazard Communication Standard Compliance Enforcement

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released the instructions for compliance safety and health officers to enforce the new Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) with consistency across the nation.  In 2012, OSHA revised the US Hazard Communication standard in order to bring it into alignment with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).  The new HCS is set to be fully implemented by June 1, 2016; although various phase ins have gone into effect since late 2013.  OSHA's instructions for compliance contain a framework for enforcement during both the transition period and final implementation in 2016. Additionally, it appears as though the instructions will allow inspectors to support chemical-related enforcement under the General Duty Clause.


To read OSHA's press release click here

The instructions can be found on the attachment.

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Tags:  chemicals  ghs  hcs  osha  standards 

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Monica Pampell to Speak at the IMA-NA 2015 Annual Meeting

Posted By Darrell Smith, Monday, July 20, 2015

IMA-NA is pleased to announce that Ms. Monica Pampell will be speaking at the 2015 IMA-NA Annual Meeting during our Friday, September 18 breakfast. Monica will present the following topic:

What “Wellness” Means to You, Your Employees, and Success in your Organization.  

Join an interactive conversation on how to navigate and capitalize on the new system of preventive care.  

Topic highlights will include:
-Strategies to engage in effective and efficient preventive healthcare habits at work, at home, and while on the road.
-A proven system to promote wellness programs, successfully engage employees, and retain participation.
-Preparedness in the workplace via mind and body skill drills to promote health and safety onsite.

Personal Fitness and Nutrition Consultation Sessions Available
Monica will also be making herself available for personal fitness and nutrition consultation sessions during the Annual Meeting. Please purchase your one-hour session while registering for the meeting, and you will be contacted to schedule your appointment.  

Hourly rate per session is $175 and includes:
-Individualized program design based on your needs, interests, goals, and preferences.
-Written program sent electronically as a post-session follow-up.
-Links to helpful online resources pertaining to your fitness and nutrition goals.

Rise and Shine Workout
Lastly, Monica will host a Rise and Shine Workout on Thursday, September 17th, at 6:00am on the beach, targeting core strength, posture, and cardiovascular exercises to get your metabolism boost for the day.  

About Monica Pampell
Monica Pampell is the President of PentaFit, LLC, a company specializing in innovative wellness programs for companies and organizations of all sizes. Ms. Pampell founded PentaFit in 2011 to apply her years of experience in personal training and nutritional counseling in a scalable way, and to create more widespread positive change in the field of preventive care. Ms. Pampell has assisted national organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Young President’s Organization in the development of dynamic and results-driven wellness programs.

Ms. Pampell began her education in Washington, DC at the George Washington University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a minor in Biology and a Pre-Medical Focus. She followed her undergraduate education with a Masters of Science in Exercise, Nutrition, and Eating Behavior, also from the George Washington University. She is a licensed Pre- and Post-Natal Trainer, a licensed Nutritionist, and a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified PT. 

In addition to her knowledge in the wellness and fitness field, Ms. Pampell has a long-standing competitive passion for sport, exemplified by a dazzling list of athletic accomplishments. She competed on the Division I Swimming and Diving team in college, and then moved her attention to running and triathlons. She is a top-finisher in her age group in all of her road races, and clocked the third best female half marathon time in the nation one year. She placed among the top 20 women overall in her most recent marathon, and finished her triathlon season last year with a win.   

As one of Washington, DC’s most sought after personal trainers, Ms. Pampell works with the best and brightest professionals in our nation’s capital on an individual basis. Her personal training clientele include well-known politicos, television and news personalities, famous chefs and, importantly, Republicans and Democrats. Ms. Pampell might not be able to keep you out of the Washington Post…but she will make you look good when you make the cover.

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Upcoming IMA-NA Events

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, July 17, 2015

The fall of 2015 will see three different IMA-NA events, each offering distinct opportunities to our members.  In September we will be convening our Annual Meeting at the Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.  We are putting together a strong program that will allow members the chance to mix business with the networking opportunities that are so valuable to our industry.

To register for the Annual Meeting click here.

Following the Annual Meeting, there will be two different events in October.  October 5-6 Volvo will be hosting the Biennial IMA-NA Plant Maintenance and Optimization Seminar at their Manufacturing Facility in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.  The training opportunities at the Seminar should provide insight into how members can improve the ROI on large machinery. 

To register for the Seminar click here.

The final fall event for IMA-NA, is the launch of the first North American Minerals Day. We are partnering with IMA-Europe to expand on the success of European Minerals Day by providing the framework for members to host events at their facilities.  These events will foster greater community knowledge and engagement with the industry.  North American Minerals Day will be taking place over the week of October 12th.  Please watch for our upcoming website launch which will hold all the pertinent information for hosting an event.   Registration is currently open for both our Annual Meeting and the Plant Maintenance and Optimization Seminar.

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