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IMA-NA Members Can Benefit from an Exclusive 20% Discount on all Roskill Global Reports

Posted By Darrell Smith, Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Roskill is an independent, privately-owned company with over 40 years of experience analyzing global commodities markets.  Roskill expert researchers make a thorough and objective analysis of all available data, from sources worldwide, including China, and a large and invaluable network of contacts.

Each of Roskill’s international reports gives you a comprehensive analysis of an individual industrial mineral market covering world production and consumption, the operations of the major producers, end-use market applications, price trends, international trade patterns and forecasts for supply and demand analysis.

IMA-NA members can now benefit from an exclusive 20% discount on all Roskill Global market reports.  Roskill currently covers the following industrial minerals and commodities including:

-Barytes (upcoming)
-Bauxite & Alumina
-Bentonite (upcoming)
-Boron (upcoming)
-Frac Sands (upcoming)
-Fluorspar
-Ground and Precipitated Calcium Carbonate
-Gypsum (new)
-Iodine
-Kaolin
-Lithium
-Magnesium Compounds
-Natural & Synthetic Graphite
-Activated carbon
-North American proppants (upcoming)
-Petroleum Coke
-Rare Earths (upcoming)
-Salt (new)
-Soda Ash (upcoming)
-Talc (upcoming)
-Ultralightweight Aggregates
-Zirconium (upcoming)

For more information on Roskill reports, including table of contents, summaries and leaflets, please visit www.roskill.com or contact Christine Duggan at christine@roskill.co.uk or call +44 20 8417 0087.  If you are interested in purchasing any of Roskill reports please quote "IMA-NA MEMBER."

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Metal/Non-Metal Mine Rescue Competition Winners Announced

Posted By Darrell Smith, Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Top honors in this year’s national metal and non-metal mine rescue competition went to three teams representing metal producers in Missouri, Wyoming and New Mexico.

Doe Run Co.’s Maroon Team from Viburnum, MO took first place, FMC Minerals’ Red Team from Green River, WY came in second, and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s WIPP Red Team from Carlsbad, NM came in third, MSHA said in a press release today.  The WIPP team finished first in the overall standings.  The annual event was held last week in Lexington, KY.

Newmont Mining Corp.’s Carlin Team from Elko, NV won the first-aid competition.  OCI Wyoming, LLC’s Blue Team, also from Green River, earned the top spot in the technician team competition, while Vulcan Materials Co.’s Blue Team from Bartlett, IL won the team trainer competition. 

Mine rescue teams exist to rescue trapped, injured or missing miners in the event of a mine emergency.  Contests provide a means for teams to improve their skills in a competitive environment.

A total of 41 teams participated.  In the field competition, five-member teams are required to search and account for all missing miners following standard mine rescue procedures.  The two-man technician team must ensure that multi-gas and self-contained breathing apparatuses are in proper working condition.  The first-aid challenge requires teams to deal with medical emergency techniques, such as CPR, control of bleeding, treatment of physical shock, wounds, burns and musculoskeletal injuries. The team trainer test consists of multiple-choice and true-false questions.

The Central Kentucky Mine Rescue Association, Kentucky Crushed Stone Association and Carmeuse Stone & Lime hosted the four-day event.  MSHA supplied the judges and the field, written and technical problems.

Reprinted with the permission of of Sharpe's Point: On Mine Safety, Extracting Insights for Industry

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Another Reason to Attend the IMA-NA Annual Meeting

Posted By Darrell Smith, Friday, August 8, 2014
The 2014 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival will take place September 3-14, during the IMA-NA Annual Meeting. The event includes the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival’s trademark mix of visual, contemporary, culinary, Western, landscape, wildlife and Native American arts. The festival offers visitors more than 50 family-friendly events, many of them free, surrounded by the Teton Mountain Range in its autumn colors – with a chance to purchase original artworks from cowboy to cutting-edge contemporary.

Click here to learn more.

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We have an exciting event planned for the 2014 IMA-NA Annual Meeting at Jackson Lake Lodge

First, at the luncheon on Wednesday, September 10th, we are excited to have Michael Bogert speaking on the “Potential Impacts on the Industrial Minerals Industry from the Listing of the Greater Sage Grouse.”

Michael is with the law firm Parsons Behle and has a strong background in Endangered Species Act issues.  He was also the General Counsel to former Department of Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne during the last term of President George W. Bush. 

The second speaker we’ve lined up for you is Anthony Huey from Reputation Management Associates.  Anthony is a professional speaker who presents on a range of topics.  The title of his planned talk for Thursday morning, September 11th, is “Negotiation Skills: Answering Difficult Questions.”  

We have a very full agenda over the course of the week out in Jackson Hole.  The meeting begins on Monday, September 8, 2014 with a Day of Service involving trail maintenance in the National Park hosted by the National Park Service.  Those that have participated in these events at our recent meetings have enjoyed the experience thoroughly.  The hospitality suite/exhibit hall will open that night as well.

On Tuesday, September 9th, we have the Associate Members’ Golf Tournament which will take place at the Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club.  This will be a shotgun start around 12:15 PM and a scramble format.  We will have prizes for lowest team score, closest to the pin, longest drive and putts.  We will have a bus take participants from the hotel to the course leaving at approximately 10:30 AM and it will return to the hotel by about 6:00 PM.

Also on Tuesday, September 9th, we will have a day of Fly-Fishing.  We will have a bus picking you up at the hotel before 7:00 AM to head out to the fishing location.  The bus will likely have you back to the hotel around 5:00.  We have a very limited number of slots left for this.  Once it sells out, we will not be able to accommodate more guests.  If you are interested in fishing, we strongly encourage you to sign up today to ensure you have a spot.  

We will have a reception on Tuesday evening, and the exhibit hall/hospitality room will be open that evening as well.  

Wednesday will be a full day of business meetings.  We will kick off the morning with the Associate Members section meeting followed by the minerals sections meeting throughout that morning.  We will then have meetings of the Operations and Engineering, Environmental, Membership, Safety and Health, and Transportation Committees that afternoon.  We will conclude the day with a reception followed by a dinner.  The hospitality suite/exhibit hall will be open following the dinner.

Thursday, the 11th, will be another very full day.  We will have Anthony Huey speaking to the group at the breakfast.  Our Board of Directors will then meet from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM.  

Following the Board meeting, we will have a special session on Silicosis Prevention Training.  As you know, OSHA currently is considering a proposal to cut the permissible exposure limit in half.  This session will give you a roadmap to compliance using the NISA Silicosis Prevention Program.  The class will go from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM.  

We strongly encourage you to get your rooms as soon as possible.  While we do have a considerable block of rooms for this meeting, the block does expire in mid-August.  Once the rooms are gone, we will not be able to guarantee rooms.  Because this meeting is in a National Park, there are not many other lodging options nearby.  To get your rooms please call: 1-800-628-9988 and be sure to mention the IMA-NA meeting.

Also, we will be providing meals for breakfast on Wednesday and Thursday; lunch on Wednesday and Thursday (for those attending the Silicosis Training); and dinner on Wednesday.  Because dining options are limited, we encourage you to make reservations ahead of time.  You can view the restaurant options and find out reservation information, here.  

Finally, when flying in to the meeting, Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) is the closes airport and is about 30 miles from the hotel.  

If you have not registered yet, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible.  

Click here to register for the meeting today.

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New IMA-NA Position Papers

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Thursday, August 7, 2014
IMA-NA has posted two new position papers related to our ongoing advocacy efforts.  The first position highlights our commitment to investment in minerals science information through restoring previous funding levels for the US Geological Survey's Minerals Information programs.  To read our position paper on minerals science information click here.

The second posted position reinforces our support for workforce development programs. Recently IMA-NA added its voice to those calling for the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which was signed into law last month. To read our position paper on the importance of workforce development click here.

Tags:  advocacy  ima-na  minerals science  position papers  usgs  workforce development 

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IMA-NA Signs Letter to the House Small Biz Committee Concerning WOTUS

Posted By Darrell Smith, Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Waters Advocacy Coalition (IMA-NA is a member) sent a letter to the House Small Business Committee expressing its concerns over the Environmental Protection Agencies’ and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule.  The proposed rule seeks to “clarify” which waters are federally regulated and which waters remain under the jurisdiction of their respective states.  The letter requests that the Committee take steps to ensure that the agencies do not advance a proposed rule that does not consider the needs of small businesses.  To read the letter, see attached.

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MSHA Proposed Civil Penalty Rule: What Will Happen to Operator Contest Rights?

Posted By Darrell Smith, Monday, August 4, 2014
The following regulatory brief has been provided by IMA-NA Associate Member Adele Abrams...

On July 31, 2014, the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) Proposed Rule for the Criteria and Procedures for Assessment of Civil Penalties was published in the Federal Register. Publishing the rule begins the 60 day period for public comment, all of which must be received or postmarked by midnight Eastern Daylight Savings Time on September 29, 2014. The proposed rule’s link is: 
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-31/pdf/2014-17935.pdf

MSHA claims the rule’s design and goal is to “place greater emphasis on more serious safety and health conditions, thus providing improved safety and health for miner.” However, the proposed rule appears to seek a reduction in contested citations and orders by the industry, by providing disincentives for contesting citations and orders, which would further decrease the MSHA litigation backlog.  

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WEBINAR: Community Noise Impact Assessment Primer

Posted By Darrell Smith, Monday, August 4, 2014
Join us for a Webinar on August 13...

Title: Community Noise Impact Assessment Primer

Abstract: 
Noise is measured using a relative and logarithmic scale making the calculation of noise impacts an involved task that requires careful thought. This presentation will review common units of noise measurement and characteristics of noise for examples from the aggregates industry. Simple equations from Caltrans and FHWA guidance will be presented along with typical general plan and municipal noise ordinance requirements. Lastly, mitigation options and methods for evaluating mitigation effectiveness will be discussed. 

Presented by: Scott D. Cohen, P.E., C.I.H. SESPE Consulting, Inc. 

Register:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/748780249

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

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New Report Released on the Economic Impact of Altered Ozone Standard

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, August 1, 2014
Yesterday the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), of which IMA-NA is a member, released a report conducted by the National Economic Research Association (NERA) on the economic impact of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plans to lower the air quality standard for ozone. The EPA's previous attempt to promulgate a lower ozone air quality standard was delayed at the request of President Obama in 2011. The NAM's report estimates a stricter ozone standard could cost up to a staggering $270 billion per year. These costs would be associated with increased energy prices that would affect individuals, communities, and businesses.

To read the NAM's report click here and for the executive summary click here.  The NAM also has analysis for the impact on individual states here.

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Murky Waters - Environmental Roundtable Held on Proposed Water Rule

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Earlier this week, the Small Business Administration(SBA) hosted an Environmental Roundtable meeting on the proposed rule defining the waters of the US under the jurisdiction of the Army Corps of Engineers  (Corps) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) according to the Clean Water Act (CWA). Panelists included Ken Kopocis, Senior Advisor for the EPA Office of Water, William James, Acting Deputy Chief, Regulatory Program, and Virginia Albrecht, Counsel for the Waters Advocacy Coalition with Hunton & Williams.

Following Ken Kopocis's presentation explaining the EPA and Corps’ reasoning for offering the proposed rule and its impact, Virginia Albrecht spoke about the concerns of the small business community.  It is the opinion of the EPA and Corps that the proposed rule clarifies the definition of waters of the US without expanding their regulatory jurisdiction.  Mr. Kopocis highlighted the perceived legislative and judicial vagueness in establishing definitions for regulatory jurisdiction under the CWA. EPA and Corps believe the proposed rule is simply defining waters that already fall under the their jurisdiction vis a vis the CWA. This belief runs counter to that held by Industry, which holds the proposed rule as a massive expansion of jurisdiction over waters thus far outside the control of the EPA and Corps. As was said several times by both sides during the two-hour roundtable, industry and the Agencies do not hold a common view of the current jurisdiction of CWA and therefore see the rule in fundamentally different lights. Because EPA and Corps believe the waters being clarified already fall under the jurisdiction of CWA, the proposed rule does not appear to them as the jurisdictional land grab Industry considers it to be. Conversely, based on the current limitations as established in two separate Supreme Court cases; Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County v. Army Corps of Engineers (SWANCC) and Rapanos v. United States (Rapanos), which respectively set limitations on the regulatory jurisdiction of CWA by finding against the Agencies' use of the Migratory Bird Rule and restricting the definition of “navigable waters", this rule can be seen as tremendous and conscious overreach.

Following the presentations, the panel took questions from the audience, the majority of whom represented various industries.  The overall message from participants to the EPA and Corps was that the proposed rule and its implications were unclear based on the information provided. Several participants commented that the panel, although helpful, should have happened during the earlier phases of the rulemaking and urged the EPA, Corps and SBA to pull the proposed rule and start over with a SBREFA Panel in order to establish the impact on small businesses. Despite the calls for a more active collaboration on drafting a rule, Mr. Kopocis responded by highlighting the opportunity to submit public comments during the comment period. If the interaction during the question and answer session is any indication, further collaboration on the proposed rule will happen through comments, rather than through other potentially enlightening and useful processes.

IMA-NA is part of the Water Advocacy Coalition and strongly opposes the expansion of jurisdiction of the CWA. To read more about the proposed rule click here.

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Proppant Market Report Updated

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Thursday, July 17, 2014
On June 24th, KELRIK LLC, in conjunction with PropTester, Inc., issued an update to their annual Proppant Market Report (PMR). The 2013 PMR noted previous growth of 28 percent in the market from 2012 with indications pointing to consistent growth throughout 2014. The continued boom in natural gas development has created a high demand for proppants, which are used during the frac stage. According to their press release, KELRIK LLC and Proptester, Inc are now expecting, "Increases of 30 percent or more in base proppant demand are now expected through the remainder of 2014 in North America."  Reports such as the PMR demonstrate the importance of industrial minerals to other industries and our economy as a whole.

To read the full press release click here.

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