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Darrell Smith to Leave IMA-NA

Posted By Mark Ellis, Thursday, July 13, 2017

IMA-NA Executive Vice President Dr. Darrell Smith is leaving IMA-NA to become the President and CEO of the National Waste & Recycling Association, based in Arlington, VA. Tomorrow, July 14th, will be his last day at IMA-NA. Darrell has worked on behalf of the industrial minerals industry for over a decade, lending his expertise in safety and health as well as sustainability to the organization. His work has complemented and highlighted IMA-NA members’ continuing efforts to remain industry leaders. We, here at IMA-NA, will miss Darrell and thank him sincerely for his contributions and service to the association and its membership. We also wish him well in this next phase of his professional career and we encourage you to do so as well by contacting him at darrellsmith@ima-na.org


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IMA-NA Files Comments on Zinc Borate

Posted By Mark Ellis, Wednesday, July 12, 2017

IMA-NA filed comments today with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) in response to a notice with respect to substances included as part of the 2017 Inventory Update (2017 IU), specifically on CAS RN 10192-46-8 – Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2:3).  Zinc borate is one of approximately 1,500 substances included in Canada’s mandatory Section 71 2017 IU, published on January 14, 2017.  The voluntary stakeholder submission provides information previously addressed in the screening assessment public comment period for boric acid, its salts and precursors. The goal of the voluntary stakeholder submission is to assist with the analysis of the Section 71 survey data and to proactively assist in preparing for the assessment of zinc borate under Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan initiative. 

The IMA-NA comments are attached.


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Tags:  boric acid  chemicals  ECCC  Environment and Climate Change Canada  zinc borate 

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IMA-NA Comments on CERCLA §108(b)

Posted By Mark Ellis, Wednesday, July 12, 2017

IMA-NA filed comments yesterday on EPA's CERCLA §108(b) notice of proposed rulemaking.  This rulemaking would establish financial assurance requirements for Superfund liability at individual hardrock mining facilities.   These financial assurances have the potential to be extremely costly . . . as in millions of dollars per industrial minerals facility.  The IMA-NA comments are specific to the industrial minerals sector.  IMA-NA also have been participating in a coalition of other hardrock mining trade associations, as well as trade associations representing industry sectors that EPA has indicated it likely next would subject to CERCLA §108(b) financial responsibility requirements (e.g., chemicals manufacturing, petroleum and coal products manufacturing, electrical power generation, transmission and distribution).  The coalition comments also are attached for your information.

 

Both the IMA-NA and coalition comments are attached.


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Tags:  CERCLA  Comments  EPA  Regulations 

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MineFit Monday Move: Roll Those Stiff Shoulders

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Monday, July 10, 2017

Shoulders can be a tricky beast to tackle when it comes to stiffness and impingements. Check out this shoulder mobility tutorial to keep shoulders loose, and understand proper training techniques for on-site warmups.

The Three Parts of the Shoulder “Triangle of Mobility”

1) Lat
latissimus dorsi
teres major
teres minor
(2) Pec
pectoralis major
pectoralis minor
subscapularis
(3) Trap
upper trapezius
sternocleidomastoid
scalenes

Stretch all of these muscles by performing:

1. side bending - lat
2. chest opening - pec
3. head turning side to side - trap

Release all of these muscles at home, doing:

1. lay on a foam roller on your side by your ribcage (lat)
2. lay on a ball on your chest right below the collarbone (pec)
3. lay on foam roll just below the neck (trap)

 

 


Tags:  MineFit  Monday Moves  stretching 

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Friday MineFit TidBit: Why poor workplace posture can lead to pain (and what to do about it)

Posted By Darrell Smith, Friday, July 7, 2017

Did you know that top athletes can generate twice the power of the “everyday” human?

MineFit was founded on the principles of treating miners like athletes. Not in the sense of equating working men and women to “elite” sports performers, but rather that, to avoid pain and injury, you should treat your workers as you would an elite athlete: 

(1) encourage proper posture, 
(2) know the right methods, 
(3) and understand the WHY of activities during Health and Safety trainings.   


The article below is a glimpse into the current events in wellness: Stand Up Tall! It is easy to achieve once you get a little practice and know your body check-points.  

Neck, Shoulders, Hips, Knees, Feet.  

Please review this article, which has some technical terminology; but, if you google any of the terms, you can get an image of what it means.  

...Also, here is one secret:  Lay on the floor and see how much of you (your spine) gets to the floor when your legs are down flat and your palms are down by your sides.  

Enjoy, and Happy Friday. 

From Your MineFit Head Coach,
Monica

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First Friday Ask IMA - Tomorrow

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Thursday, July 6, 2017

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Please join us for July's First Friday's Ask IMA tomorrow, June 7th at 1:00pm EST. IMA-NA staff will update members on ongoing legislative and regulatory issues, including percentage depletion, CERCLA 108(b), and the Waters of the US. In addition to updating members on lobbying efforts and issues of concern for the industry, staff will also be discussing the upcoming Fly-in and ongoing planning for North American Minerals Day.

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EPA Begins Repeal of Obama Water Rule

Posted By Chris Greissing, Wednesday, June 28, 2017

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has initiated the repeal of the Obama administration’s 2015 water jurisdiction regulation.  The proposal issued yesterday by the EPA would be the first step the Trump administration takes to repeal the highly controversial 2015 Waters of the United States rule.  The proposal would “recodify” the prior regulation text defining waters of the United States.  This will remove the 2015 rule from law and render moot all outstanding court cases against the regulation.  

 

The next step in the process, which the EPA hopes to begin by the end of the year, will be to have a “substantive re-evaluation of the definition of waters of the United States” in a new rulemaking effort.

 

IMA-NA applauds the Trump Administration for taking these steps and seeking to provide clarity to this issue.  We will continue to be involved in this process, along with our industry coalition, to have our voices heard as the EPA seeks to replace this rule.  

 

To view the EPA press release and see more information, click here

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Soda Ash Legislation Passes House Committee

Posted By Chris Greissing, Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The House Natural Resources Committee held a markup of H.R. 1399, the American Soda Ash Competitiveness Act.  The legislation is designed to allow the industry to be more competitive in the global marketplace where they are facing very stiff competition from a heavily subsidized Chinese industry.  In order to allow the industry to be more competitive, the legislation would lower the federal royalty rate the industry currently pays for the minerals mined on federal lands from 6% to 2% for a period of 5 years.  H.R. 1399 and its companion bill in the Senate S. 546 both have wide bipartisan support.  The Committee approved the legislation by a bipartisan vote of 27-9.  

 

IMA-NA would like to thank Congressman Paul Cook and Congressman Liz Cheney for their leadership and support on this important bill for the U.S. natural soda ash industry. 

 

IMA-NA provided comments for the markup which are attached.  

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Friday MineFit TidBit: Why Does My Foot Hurt?

Posted By Darrell Smith, Monday, June 26, 2017
Plantar Fasciitis affects many of us. It presents most often as a pain in the heel, either on one foot or both, and can spread to all parts of the foot.  

How to Fix It? 

1. Begin with lifting your foot up 6 inches away from the floor and extending your foot straight out in front of you. 

2. Second, curl your toes underneath you, to activate the insertion of your posterior tibialis muscle. This is called inversion and eversion of the foot.  
 
3. Third, move into ankle flexion and extension (a.k.a. lift your foot up and down like you are waving).

4. Last, with your toes on the floor, make “clocks” 12x in each direction, which is an ankle full turn.  

These are a few good starters for you to keep your foot and ankle active, and to prevent plantar fasciitis! 

Learning to walk with good deceleration using the upper part of your leg (think of walking with you HIP instead of your FOOT) to prevent slamming down on your foot and ankle, also helps.

Here is an article which summarizes the problem: 

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U.S. Silica Donates Land to Preserve Historic Road

Posted By Mark Ellis, Monday, June 26, 2017

A road made of tree trunks laid across swampland and dating back to the War of 1812 is being preserved along with 95 acres of wetland at the mouth of the Huron River through a new partnership between U.S. Silica Holdings Inc., the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Maryland-based supplier of industrial minerals, which owns 95 acres of coastal wetlands in southern Wayne County, has entered a cooperative management agreement for conservation of the fish and wildlife, U.S. Silica was to announce Monday.

To preserve the quarter-mile of what is called a corduroy road, the company is donating two acres of land to the River Raisin National Battlefield Park in Monroe.

The road tells the history of Michigan dating back before it was a state and bears witness to the relocation of Great Lakes native nations, according to the release. It followed Native American trading routes and stretched more than 200 miles linking Ohio to the Post of Detroit in Michigan (now downtown Detroit), according to the release.

Conservation efforts under the agreement will include invasive species management, wildlife habitat management, ecological inventories and monitoring, the release said.

Learn more about the park and its history at nps.gov.


Tags:  National Park Service  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  U.S. Silica 

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