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Friday MineFit TidBit: The Worst Thing You Can Eat For Breakfast

Posted By Darrell Smith, Friday, February 3, 2017

Everybody wants to know what they shouldn't eat, or what they should eat to help them lose weight.
So here it is - The worst thing you could possibly have for breakfast to not help you lose weight is…
(Drumroll please!)
Innumerable studies indicate that eating breakfast not only promotes weight loss, but helps maintain and keep the bodyweight you desire. This fact is somewhat counterintuitive. You think that if you cut calories out and only eat when you're hungry, (which is often not in the morning) you will lose weight. This is the short game, not the long game. Over time, your body will learn that it is not going to get food (energy) upon waking and in a fasting state. The result is that when you do end up eating, the food is stored as fat in higher levels. Your body learns not to burn, and your metabolism will suffer in the long run. 
So, now that you know that the best breakfast is any breakfast at all, let's take it one step further. Please see this link for some helpful and simple breakfast ideas. 
Aside: If put to the test, I would say that the second worst breakfast option is a bagel. This is because it is a high glycemic index starch, and will raise your blood sugar and insulin, then send you crashing right back down. If you love bagels, at least add some eggs on top!


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From IMA-NA Member Stoel Rives: MSHA’s New Rule on Workplace Exams

Posted By Darrell Smith, Friday, February 3, 2017

On January 23, and for the first time in nearly 40 years, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”) issued new rules governing the way in which metal/non-metal mine operators must conduct their regular workplace examinations. A Final Rule on “Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines” was published in the Federal Register on Monday, January 23, and will become effective on May 23, 2017.

Hours after the new President took office on January 20, however, his Chief of Staff ordered the withdrawal of all regulations finalized by the Obama administration but not yet published in the Federal Register. The directive seemed to include the workplace exam rule, which was scheduled to be published in the Federal Register the next business day, January 23. However, the instruction from the White House came after the decision deadline for the Federal Register’s January 23 issue, and the new MSHA rules were published as planned. For that reason, the Labor Department’s current position is that the workplace examination rules were not affected by the memorandum and that the May 23 effective date remains in place. However, a new Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health has not yet been named, so it is possible that the incoming head of MSHA will take steps to amend the rules or even withdraw them entirely.

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IMA-NA Sends Letter to Hill Supporting Retaining the Percentage Depletion Deduction

Posted By Chris Greissing, Friday, February 3, 2017
The Industrial Minerals Association - North America joined with a coalition of other Natural Resources’ trade associations in sending a letter to the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees encouraging them to retain the percentage depletion tax deduction in the tax reform proposals they are currently drafting.

As tax reform discussions move forward over the coming weeks, IMA-NA will continue educating Members of Congress on the importance this deduction has for the industrial minerals industry, and that merely reducing the corporate tax rate will not make our companies whole.  

We have plans to have a fly-in to lobby this issue here in Washington, DC.  The tentative dates for the hill visits on percentage depletion are March 7-8.  We will also have a reception the evening of March 6th.  We plan to make a formal announcement on the fly-in early next week, so please be on the look out for more information on that important event.

A copy of the letter and the coalition white paper are both attached.

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IMA-NA Supports New Investment in US Infrastructure

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Updated: Friday, March 3, 2017

IMA-NA along with 391 other stakeholders and industries sent a letter to President Drumpf and Congress supporting the development and passage of an infrastructure investment initiative.The broad base of support includes national organizations as well as state and local groups from all 50 states. The united voice behind the letter demonstrates the far reaching support to bring the infrastructure in the United States into the 21st century. Today, Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) began the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America, by referencing the letter. 

IMA-NA supports a reinvestment in US infrastructure and commends both President Drumpf and Congress for working to prioritize initiatives to update, repair, and improve infrastructure across the country. 

To read the letter please download the attachment. 

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Tags:  administration  infrastructure  legislation  letter  Trump 

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First Friday Ask IMA - This Friday

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Tuesday, January 31, 2017

IMA-NA will be convening First Friday's Ask IMA this Friday, February 3rd at 1:00pm EST. Following the Inauguration on January 20th, Donald Trump's Administration is officially underway. IMA-NA staff will take the opportunity this Friday to review the legislative, regulatory, and executive actions that could impact our industry in the coming months. We'll discuss IMA-NA's upcoming actions to represent the interests of the industrial minerals industry and answer any questions participants have on recent happenings in DC.

To Register Click Here. 

Tags:  administration  first friday  legislation  member outreach  outreach  Regulations  Trump 

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EPA Webinar on CERCLA 108(b) Financial Assurances

Posted By Mark Ellis, Monday, January 30, 2017
Updated: Monday, January 30, 2017

EPA held a previously announced Webinar on its proposed rule on CERCLA (Superfund) Section 108(b) financial assurances for hardrock mining facilities.  This Webinar specifically addressed the formula EPA proposes to use to calculate the financial assurances that would be required to be posted by the covered universe of hardrock mining facilities.  That covered universe is somewhat nebulous.  While few industrial minerals operations are specifically identified in the proposed rule, the scope of the proposal could be interpreted to cover industrial minerals facilities not specifically identified.  As the cost of providing the proposed financial assurances almost certainly would total millions of dollars, it behooves industrial minerals operations to consider their potential liability if they are deemed to be part of the covered universe.  IMA-NA intends to address the issue of potential coverage of industrial minerals operations in comments due to be filed by March 13, 2017.

The EPA Webinar PowerPoint presentation can be accessed by clicking here.

The proposed formula for calculating financial assurances is attached.

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Tags:  CERCLA  EPA  financial assurances  regulations 

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MineFit Monday Move Calorie Burn Series Continues: Why and How YOU Should Squat

Posted By Darrell Smith, Monday, January 30, 2017


It builds muscle in the entire lower body in one fell swoop (or squat, as the case is here!)
It is a ‘Functional Exercise” which means it makes real-life activities easier 
It helps you burn more fat - for every muscle you gain, you burn 50-70 more calories per day!
It helps maintain better mobility in joints 
It helps prevent injuries by strengthening ligaments and connective tissue. 


1. Stand with your feet just over shoulder width apart
2. Keep your back in a neutral position, and keep your knees centered over your feet
3. Slowly bend your knees, hips and ankles, lowering until you reach a 90-degree angle
4. Return to starting position -- repeat 15-20 times, for 2-3 sets for beginners (do this two or three times a week)
5. Breathe in as you lower, breathe out as you return to starting position


You can find out how many calories you burn in one minute doing squats by multiplying .096 by your weight in pounds. For example, someone who weights 150 lb. would determine that .096 x 150 = 14.4 calories per minute. Assuming you perform approximately 25 squats per minute, you can gauge how many minutes and how many squats you can do to get that candy bar sugar out of your system!

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FERC Nomination Critical to Avoid Construction Delays

Posted By Darrell Smith, Monday, January 30, 2017

From EEIA, the Energy Equipment Infrastructure Alliance (IMA-NA is a member):

You may have seen recent news that President Trump appointed Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur to the post of Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the agency charged with approval and permitting of interstate natural gas pipelines. With her elevation to the Chair, the current Chair, Norman Bay, has announced his resignation from the Commmission effective February 3. This will leave FERC with only two Commissioners, denying it the quorum necessary to act to approve projects. Replacements must be nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. 

Critically, there are several major pipeline projects pending imminent approval. If they cannot be approved by February 3, it is likely that they may suffer substantial delays in the start of construction. Among the projects awaiting approval are Rover, NEXUS, Atlantic Sunrise and Northern Access, all providing transport of Marcellus and Utica shale gas. 

EEIA just sent a letter to the President urging immediate nomination of one or more new Commissioners, so that the confirmation process, which can be lengthy especially with so many other senior nominations in the queue, can start. 

To read the letter, click here.

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Friday MineFit TidBit: How Many Minutes of Activity Does it Take To Lose Weight?

Posted By Darrell Smith, Friday, January 27, 2017

A recent study, including almost 200 women whose BMI (body mass index) placed them in the “obese” category, indicates that logging 4.5-5 hours per week of exercise yields substantial weight loss and management results. The study followed the women, with a 90% participant retention rate, for two years. At the end of this period, the women had lost - and maintained this weight loss - after engaging in 270 to 300 minutes of exercise per week.

Here are the average percentages of body weight lost by each group:

—Moderate amount of moderate-intensity exercise: 4.9 percent
This is hard walking, elliptical, biking

—Moderate amount of vigorous exercise: 3.7 percent
This is running, stepmill, calisthenic exercises 

—A lot of moderate-intensity exercise: 6.5 percent
This is over 300 minutes per week, or approaching 1 hour a day for 6 days

—A lot of vigorous exercise: 7.2 percent
This is about 300 minutes per week, or approaching 50 minutes a day for 6 days

Do you need a little help getting motivated? A new article in TIME magazine indicates that joining a gym - and going every once in a while;) really does make a shocking difference in health factors such as weight loss, cholesterol, blood pressure, and joint pain.  

Check it out here.

Happy Friday, and burn a few calories by taking the stairs today:)  

Your MineFit Coach,

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Registration is Now Open: 2017 IMA-NA Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop

Posted By Chris Greissing, Wednesday, January 25, 2017
The Industrial Minerals Association – North America is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2017 IMA-NA Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop.  This year’s event will be held April 24 – 26, 2017 in Saint Paul, Minnesota at the Intercontinental St. Paul Riverfront Hotel.  

We have reserved a block of rooms for $125 a night, please click here, or call 1-651-292-1900 and let them know you are with the Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop to get this rate.  

We have a very strong program lined up for you this year, which will kick off with a mine tour.  We are very grateful to our member company, Unimin Corporation, for allowing us to tour their facility in Minnesota as part of this meeting.  That tour will be taking place on Monday, April 24th with a bus departing the hotel around Noon and returning before 5:00 PM.  The space for this tour is limited to the first 30 registrants. So if you would like to go on this tour, please sign up early!

We will then have an opening reception on Monday evening in our exhibit hall.  On Tuesday April 25th and Wednesday April 26th, we will have a full day and a half of educational presentations from experts in the mining industry on the latest developments in safety, health and technology impacting the industrial minerals industry. The full program is attached.

If your company is sending multiple people to this event, please make sure you look at the discount options for registering 4 (or more) or 10 (or more) employees.  You can also reserve a meeting room if you'd like to take advantage of having several of your employees from different places all in the same spot for a company side-bar meeting either before or after our meeting.  Just let IMA-NA staff know, and we can help make the arrangements for you.

If you are an associate member, we will be offering you the ability to have free exhibit space with your registration.  Please be sure to sign up for this option during the registration process, as space is limited.  

To register for the workshop, click here.  

We look forward to seeing everyone in Minnesota later this Spring.

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