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MineFit Monday Calorie Burn Series Begins Today with: How Many Calories Can I Burn in 5 minutes?

Posted By Darrell Smith, Monday, January 23, 2017

We kick off the MineFit Q1 focus with a theme of Weight Loss, Management and Metabolism.  Each of us can do a little better at understanding and optimizing metabolic rate (a.k.a how many calories you burn a day) and at learning simple ways to cut calories and add nourishment if you want to shed a few “lbs” this New Year.  

So, enjoy the New Series, disseminate the information amongst your workforce and to apply to your own and your loved ones’ lives!  

Monday Move Calorie Burning Series Part I: How Many Calories Can I Burn in 5 minutes? 

Calorie burn depends on two main factors:  Body weight and Heart rate.  So, let’s say you have 5 minutes.  What can you do?  A TON of things.  A best way to measure calorie burn is to take your body weight and multiply by .65 then divide by two.  This assumes that you are doing fairly vigorous activity for 5 minutes - like squats, planks, lunges, pushups.  

(body weight) x (.65) / (2) = (calories burned during vigorous activity for 5 minutes)

Adding time?  Just multiply again!  (e.g. if you are doing 20 minutes, take the number you got from the above equation and multiply by 4!).



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US Oil & Gas Production Continues to Recover

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Monday, January 23, 2017

As OPEC and non-OPEC producers continue apace to meet output reduction goals, US oil and gas production continued an eight month recovery streak. Baker Hughes, Price Futures Group, and others are reporting the US opened the most rigs it has in the last four years, last week. While production is still down from its peak in 2015, the industry has managed to recover to its late 2014 levels. The continuous recovery of the US oil and gas production is a promising indicator for investment in domestic production and should have a positive effect on industries, such as our own, that play important upstream roles in energy development. 

To read the Reuters coverage click here

Tags:  drilling  market  natural gas  oil  supply chain 

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Regulatory Freeze Pending Review

Posted By Mark Ellis, Monday, January 23, 2017

On January 20, 2017, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus issued a Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments ordering a regulatory freeze pending review.  The memorandum is similar to those issued by previous presidential administrations when a new president takes over from an incumbent.  Among its provisions, with certain exceptions:

  • Send no regulation to the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) until a department or agency head under the new administration reviews and approves the regulation;

  • Withdraw regulations sent to the OFR, but not yet published, for review and approval;

  • Temporarily postpone for 60 days the effective date of regulations that have been published in the OFR, but have not yet taken effect, for purposes of reviewing questions of fact, law and policy they raise.  For those regulations that raise substantial questions of law or policy, notify the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB); and

  • Exclude from the actions above any regulations subject to statutory or judicial deadlines and identify such exclusions to the OMB Director.

One MSHA final rule potentially affected by the memorandum is the Agency’s final rule on Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines.  The final rule was not published in the Federal Register until January 23.  At the very least, its effective date is likely to be extended from May 23, 2017, for an additional 60 days.

The regulatory freeze pending review memorandum is attached.


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Final Rule on Examination of MNM Working Places

Posted By Mark Ellis, Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has announced a final rule that amends the Agency’s standards for the examination of working places in metal and nonmetal mines.  The final rule requires: 1) that an examination of the working place be conducted before miners begin working in that place, 2) that operators notify miners in the affected area of any conditions found that may adversely affect their safety or health, 3) that operators promptly initiate corrective action, and 4) that a record be made of the examination.  The final rule also requires that the examination record include: 1) the name of the person conducting the examination, 2) the location of all areas examined, 3) a description of each condition found that may adversely affect the safety or health of miners, and 4) the date of the corrective action.  In addition, the final rule requires that miner operators make the examination record available for inspection by authorized representatives of the Secretary and miners’ representatives and provide a copy upon request.  The final rule will become effective on May 23, 2017.  It is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on January 23, 2017.  In the meantime, the 83-page rule can be viewed on the MSHA Website.  To view the final rule, click here.


Tags:  examinations of working places  final rule  metal and nonmetal  MSHA  Regulations 

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Canada Considering Asbestos Regulations

Posted By Mark Ellis, Wednesday, January 18, 2017

IMA-NA filed comments on the Government of Canada's Notice of Intent to Develop Regulations Respecting Asbestos.  The comments respond to the notice of intent published in the Canada Gazette on December 17, 2016.  The next step in the development of these regulations will include consultations with representatives of provincial and territorial governments, industry, non-governmental organizations, the public and other stakeholders.  Input received during these consultations will be considered during the development of the regulations.  These consultations will take place in the spring of 2017, and additional information will be available on the following Web page:  http://www.ec.gc.ca/toxiques-toxics/Default.asp?lang=En&n=A183A275-1.  Interested parties will have another opportunity to make written comments specific to the regulatory proposal during the mandatory consultation period that will follow publication of the proposed regulations in December 2017.

 

The IMA-NA comments, without attachments, are attached.


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Tags:  asbestos  canada  Canadi  environment  health  Regulations 

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Ryan Zinke's Confirmation Hearing for Secretary of Interior Scheduled for This Afternoon

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Tuesday, January 17, 2017

At 2:15 EST, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will convene to hold the confirmation hearing for Donald Drumpf's nominee for Secretary of Interior, Representative Ryan Zinke (MT-AL). As IMA-NA noted on both the blog and the First Friday call, Ryan Zinke was an unexpected choice for the role of Secretary of Interior, given that he is the first term Congressman from Montana. Despite his relative inexperience governing, Rep. Zinke's confirmation is anticipated to proceed without controversy or impediment. IMA-NA is looking forward to learning more about Rep. Zinke's approach to leading the Department of Interior as his confirmation process moves along.

To watch the Committee's live webcast of the hearing click here. 

To read Rep. Zinke's confirmation questionnaire click here. 

Tags:  appointee  department of interior  hearing  nominee  ryan zinke  Senate  Trump 

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Friday MineFit TidBit: Small Weight Loss Takes Big Pressure Off Your Knees

Posted By Darrell Smith, Friday, January 13, 2017

Announcing the MineFit 2017 Q1 Focus: Weight Management

A new study shows that for each pound of body weight lost, there is a 4-pound reduction in knee joint stress among overweight and obese people with osteoarthritis of the knee.

Researchers say the results indicate that even modest weight loss may significantly lighten the load on your joints.

Incredible: The accumulated reduction in knee load for a 1-pound loss in weight would be more than 4,800 pounds per mile walked. For people losing 10 pounds, each knee would be subjected to 48,000 pounds less in compressive load per mile walked.

According to a report from the Institute of Medicine, nearly 20 percent of American adults, or more than 61 million people, suffer from knee pain, second only to lower back pain. Those extra pounds you are carrying will increase the stress on your knees, which can cause chronic pain and lead to other complications such as Osteoarthritis.  

So, Get ahead of it! Do a week-long diet log to see how much you are consuming. Look up your BMR here and examine how many calories you really need.  

Happy Weekend from Your MineFit Head Coach,
Monica

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IMA-NA Pens Letter to President-elect Trump

Posted By Mark Ellis, Friday, January 13, 2017

IMA-NA sent a letter to U.S. President-elect Donald J. Trump, introducing the Trump-Pence Transition Team to the IMA-NA, the industrial minerals sector and the issues that we regard as most important for his Administration to address.  The letter stresses the importance of industrial minerals as the feedstock for U.S. manufacturing, which the President-elect highlights as a focal point for his Administration.  The letter also presents a roadmap of key policy issues impacting the industrial minerals industry that, if addressed, will allow the industry to continue to grow and benefit the entire economy.  The policy priorities include:  the percentage depletion tax deduction, EPA’s CERCLA §108(b) proposal, promoting domestic energy, EPA’s Waters of the United States rule and a fair royalty rate for the U.S. soda ash industry.

A copy of the letter is attached.


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NIOSH Issues Revised Chemical Carcinogen Policy

Posted By Mark Ellis, Thursday, January 12, 2017

On December 27, 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a revised Chemical Carcinogen Policy (Current Intelligence Bulletin 68).  It is the first such revision in over 10 years and embodies a significant change in policy from earlier versions.  Among the changes:

  • Advancing the public health policy presumption that there is “no safe level” of exposure to any carcinogenic substance, rather than “no known safe level” of exposure;

  • Eliminating Recommended Exposure Limits (RELs) for chemical carcinogens and instead adopting a “Risk Management Limit for a Carcinogen (RML-CA) as “an initial starting point for control;”

  • Setting RML-CAs for occupational carcinogens at the concentration corresponding to the 95% lower confidence limit of the 1 in 10,000 risk estimate for a 45-year working lifetime, instead of 1 in 1,000, but only when occupational measurement of the carcinogen at the RML-CA is analytically feasible;

  • Announcing an intention to issue authoritative documents evaluating existing cancer hazard assessments conducted by the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC); and

  • Identifying elimination or substitution and engineering controls as the primary ways to prevent occupational cancer.

To view the revised NIOSH Chemical Carcinogen Policy, click here.

To view an analysis of the revised NIOSH Chemical Carcinogen Policy, click here.


Tags:  cancer  NIOSH  occupational  risk assessment 

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US Small Government Panel Releases Review of CERCLA Proposal

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Thursday, January 12, 2017

This week, the government released the Report of the Small Business Advocacy Review Panel (SBAR Panel) on the EPA's proposed rule: Financial Responsibility Requirements for the Hardrock Mining Industry under CERCLA § 108(b). The Panel reviewed the rule to assess the impact specifically on small mining operations and found the proposed rule to be lacking in provisions to protect small operations. The panel made recommendations for six areas in need of greater stakeholder input and adjustments to prevent small businesses from being unduly burdened by the rule. The Small Business Administration's (SBA) Office of Advocacy, "believes that the current approach could unnecessarily threaten the viability of small mines by use of these inflated estimates". In addition, the Office of Advocacy also questioned why the CERCLA financial assurance amounts are substantially higher than the State and FLMA's financial assurance programs. The results of the SBAR Panel echo many of IMA-NA's concerns and thoughts about the imprecision and flaws of the proposal as it currently stands.

To read the findings of the SBAR Panel please click here. 

Tags:  CERCLA  EPA  Regulations  rulemaking  SBA  SBAR Panel 

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