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First Friday Ask IMA - Today

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, August 4, 2017

Please join us for August's First Friday Ask IMA today, August 4th at 1:00pm EST. IMA-NA staff will update members on ongoing legislative and regulatory issues, including our ongoing work on tax reform, comments filed addressing regulatory issues both in the US and Canada, the status of WOTUS, and more. In addition to updating members on lobbying efforts and issues of concern for the industry, staff will also be discussing more internally facing IMA-NA initiatives.


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MineFit Monday Move: The Easiest Way to Stretch your Hip

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Monday, July 31, 2017

Happy Monday!  

 Tight hip muscles can cause problems with walking, can inhibit the ability to lift and carry heavy objects, and even affect your mood.  Here is the EASIEST way to stretch your hip:

  • Stand up.
  • Brace your hand against a wall.
  • Draw your hand to your kneecap, and pull the knee up to your chest.
  • Hold it in place and try to take five full deep breaths, feeling the stretch in the back of you hip.  
  • Keep your back as tall as possible while you do this stretch.

Have a Wonderful Week!

Your MineFit Head Coach,


Tags:  health  MineFit  Monday Moves  monica pampell  safety and health 

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Friday MineFit Tidbit: Fight Cognitive Decline

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, July 28, 2017

Happy Friday!

Want to Learn Something? Read Ahead…

One of the greatest health threats we face as we get older is cognitive decline. As we age, connections between brain cells weaken are cells can’t communicate with each other as effectively, leading to problems with memory and cognitive ability.

Good News!!

Cognitive decline doesn’t have to be an inevitable part of aging.

Try something different this weekend…something outside of your wheelhouse:

Plant something,
Complete a puzzle,
Read a book on a subject you haven’t explored,
Call a family member,
Go explore a new part of town.

Read more about the 6 Pillars of Brain Health here!

Tags:  brain health  cognitive decline  health  MineFit  minefit tidbit  safety and health  total worker health 

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WOTUS Repeal Update

Posted By Chris Greissing, Friday, July 28, 2017
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers have formally proposed the withdrawal of the Obama Administration’s highly controversial water rule. The formal notice appeared in the Federal Register on Thursday, July 27th.  It provides for a 30 day public comment period on the proposal.  

The Obama water rule has been put on hold by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals since shortly after it was finalized in 2015. This proposal would remove the Obama rule from the books and allow the current EPA to work on its own rule to define the jurisdictional reach of the Clean Water Act.  That proposal is expected to be released before the end of the year.  

IMA-NA has been working extensively within an industry coalition and will be putting together comments both within that coalition and submitting our own comments which will support the coalition comments.  

To view the proposal, click here.

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Update on Tax Reform

Posted By Chris Greissing, Thursday, July 27, 2017
Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) issued a joint statement on tax reform.  It is anticipated that this will lead to legislative text being drafted in the coming weeks, and likely released in September.  

IMA-NA has been hard at work on tax reform throughout the year, particularly as it relates to the percentage depletion deduction.  We have held numerous meetings with key staff on the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee throughout the year.  We also filed comments with the Senate Finance Committee on the percentage depletion deduction last week (attached).  We have held two successful fly-ins in March and July to get our members in front of key Members of Congress and their staffs on this issue. We thank you for your participation!

IMA-NA has also taken on a leadership role in the industry coalition and is working to show the broad impact that this deduction has not just on our industry, but across manufacturing as a whole. We are arranging visits with the other coalition members with key staff in Congress and the Administration.  We will continue our efforts to educate Members of Congress to this important issue and provide you with updates as they become available.

To view the White House press release from today, click here.  

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Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines Issues Proposal

Posted By Chris Greissing, Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines is proposing regulatory changes to support the implementation of amendments to Ontario's Mining Act found in Bill 39, the Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act, 2017. The changes are part of the Mining Act modernization process that began in 2009. 

Included is a proposal for a new regulation to govern the conversion of existing mining claims into new cell-based mining claims, as well as changes to the current General Regulation (O. Reg. 45/11) and the revocation of the existing Forms Regulation (O. Reg. 44/11).

Comments may be made by August 25, 2017 using a response form or directly to Roy Denomme, Project Lead, Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, Mines and Minerals Division, 933 Ramsey Lake Road, Level B6, Sudbury, Ontario P3E 6B5, 705-670-3019 (phone).

To view the full proposal, click here.

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Monday MineFit Move: Today...We Breathe. It Matters More Than you Think

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Monday, July 24, 2017
During your health and safety trainings and warm-ups, instruct workers to BREATHE through the exercises.  Muscles need air to operate properly and improve range of motion (or, as we refer to it more commonly: stretch).  Always inhale with your nose and exhale with your mouth.  

Every stretch or exercise performed during trainings should include BREATHE.  
  • Inhaling through the nose helps use the deeper part of you (diaphragm instead of the throat) to get air.  
  • Exhaling though the mouth helps use your rib muscles (internal obliques, to get technical) to push out all the air and get the best breath possible.
  • Try it!  Take just six BIG HUGE breathes, inhaling though the nose and exhaling through the mouth.  It’s better than a cup of coffee when you get done.  
Happy Monday From Your MineFit Head Coach,

Tags:  breathing  health  Monday Moves  monica pampell  safety and health  sustainability 

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House Approps Bill Restores Key Mining Provisions

Posted By Mark Ellis, Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Responding to testimony jointly filed by industry and labor stakeholders, the House Labor/HHS Appropriations bill responds to two key mining industry concerns regarding the 2018 budget for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  Not only does the bill restore the NIOSH mining research line item, but it does so at the 2017 funding level of $59.9m that stakeholders recommended.  NIOSH’s overall budget largely was restored with the committee proposal $10m below the FY’17 enacted level.


The joint industry testimony is posted below.


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Tags:  appropriations  NIOSH 

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IMA-NA Files Comments on Nanomaterial Reporting Guidance

Posted By Mark Ellis, Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Last week IMA-NA filed comments on EPA’s draft guidance for reporting chemical substances when manufactured or processed as nanoscale materials.  The guidelines ultimately adopted are intended to implement the January 12, 2017 final rule.  IMA-NA pointed out that certain industrial minerals, principally phyllosilicates, form sheets capable of meeting the reportable nanoscale material size range of 1-100 nm in at least one dimension.  IMA-NA stressed that these materials are naturally occurring and their nanoscale sheet-forming capacity is inherent in the minerals themselves.  While EPA couples the size criterion with a requirement that the material also must exhibit unique and novel properties, IMA-NA regards the latter criterion as vague and recommended that it be defined as discontinuous change in chemical reactivity, electrical or catalytic properties.

The cover letter and comments are attached.

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Tags:  EPA  guidance  nano  nanoscale  reporting  TSCA 

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Company Spotlight: Imerys Carbonates

Posted By Mark Ellis, Friday, July 14, 2017

On July 17, 2017, Imerys Carbonates will sponsor and volunteer in the annual Renewal & Remembrance event coordinated by the National Association of Landscape Professionals at Arlington National Cemetery.  Imerys notes that this service event provides an opportunity to honor their own veteran-employees while working with industry peers to give back and honor the American military service members who made the ultimate sacrifice serving and protecting our country.  For over 20 years, Imerys Carbonates, a lime and calcium carbonate supplier, has donated lawn care products and services to fertilize the cemetery grounds.

Tags:  calcium carbonate  Imerys  lime 

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