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First Friday Ask IMA - This Friday

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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Please join us for this month's First Friday call this coming Friday, August 3rd, at 1:00 EST. IMA-NA staff will take the opportunity to update members on legislative and regulatory issues of interest to the industry. While the Senate is planning on working through the August recess the House of Representatives has officially left DC and will be in their districts for the rest of the summer. Staff will be discussing potential issues the Senate will take up over the next few weeks as well as all the various regulations the association is tracking and engaged on. We look forward to providing an update.


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Congress Passes Bipartisan Workforce Development Bill

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Today, Congress passed the first substantive legislative update to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act since 2006. The new bill, Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353), passed the House first in September of 2016 and again in June 2017 with wide bipartisan margins. The measure was stalled in the Senate for a year over questions of secretarial authority. After reaching a compromise, the Senate finally approved the bill with unanimous consent on July 23rd, before the final version was adopted by the House by voice vote this afternoon. H.R. 2353 will now be signed into law by President Trump, who already indicated support for its passage in a tweet on Tuesday night. 

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act is aimed towards addressing the growing skills gap in the workforce of the United States. There are an estimated 6.6 million unfilled jobs currently in the US in part due to the inability of employers to find workers with the right or necessary skills. H.R. 2353 commits over a $1 billion of funding to several programs geared towards fostering greater partnerships between the federal, state, and local governments, the business community, and educational institutions. The goals of the legislation are a multitude including: aligning career and technical education programs to needs of the labor markets, supporting effective collaboration between stakeholders, increasing opportunities for work-based learning, developing and expanding industry-recognized universal credentials, and improving accountability and transparency for the implementation of the programmatic changes.

For the past five years, IMA-NA has joined with other stakeholders in pushing for a reauthorization and a federal recommitment to career and technical training programs. A diverse but properly trained workforce is necessary for economic stability and growth. We are happy to see H.R. 2353 on the cusp of being signed into law and are looking forward to supporting the development of the workforce of tomorrow. 

Tags:  career and technical training  legislation  perkins reauthorization  workforce development 

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NIOSH Experimental Mine Proposal Draws Comment

Posted By Mark Ellis, Thursday, July 12, 2018

IMA-NA filed comments in response to a Notice of Intent published in the Federal Register by NIOSH announcing its intention to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed acquisition of a site in Mace, WV, for the construction of a new underground mine safety research facility.  A public meeting was held on June 26, 2018, to begin to establish the range of issues to be addressed during the preparation of the EIS.  IMA-NA’s principal comment was that NIOSH should not dismiss from consideration the alternative of continued use of the former Lake Lynn Experimental Mine (LLEM) in Fairchance, PA.  IMA-NA supported taking the former LLEM under the legal doctrine of eminent domain, letting the courts decide just compensation.  IMA-NA’s comments provide justification to support continued consideration of this alternative.

A copy of the IMA-NA comments, including attachments, is attached.

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Reminder Nanoscale Materials Webinar - This Wednesday

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Monday, July 9, 2018

As follow up to the strategic call IMA-NA hosted on June 13th related to the upcoming deadline for the new EPA reporting and record keeping practices related to the production of nanoscale materials, we would like to remind you to participate in an EPA Nanoscale Reporting Rule 101 webinar. The webinar will take place on July 11th from 1-2pm EST and will be led by Michael Boucher, an expert in TSCA and the regulatory landscape of nanoscale materials and an attorney with Crowell & Moring.

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First Friday Ask IMA - This Friday

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Tuesday, July 3, 2018

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Happy early 4th of July! IMA-NA staff would like to invite you to join us for July's First Friday - Ask IMA, this Friday July 6th at 1pm EST. We have numerous updates to provide membership on legislative, regulatory, and association activities. Staff will cover topics like EPA's requests for feedback on how they conduct the cost-benefit analyses, the beginning of the rulemaking process to streamline the NEPA permitting process, MSHA updates, and the proposal to combine the Department of Labor and Education, just to list a few. Please use the link above to register and if you have any particular questions you can always contact staff.


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Passing of Bob Bailey

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Earlier this month IMA-NA and the industrial minerals industry lost a long term colleague and friend when Bob Bailey passed on June 8th. Many of us worked closely with Bob over the years. He will be missed, but not forgotten. Below you will find his obituary which can also be found here


Robert L. Bailey passed away in Beaverton, Oregon on June 8, 2018.

Bob was born on December 23, 1944 to Helen and James Bailey in Great Falls, Montana. He grew up in Montana, first as a farm boy near Hobson. At the age of eight, he hand fed baby lambs and learned to drive a wheat truck. Later, his family moved to Great Falls where he graduated from Central Catholic High School, class of 1963. Bob played football and basketball while at Central. He then attended Montana State University, Bozeman where he received his Bachelor of Science (1967) and Master of Science (1970) in Geology. He was in ROTC and the U.S. Army from 1968 - 1976 and was honorably discharged as a Captain.

Bob met the love of his life, Sharon Skeel, who was attending the rival college, University of Montana, Missoula. Bob and Sharon shared a deeply loving life and were married for over fifty years. Bob and Sharon have two daughters, Angela and Colette, and five grandchildren.

Many adventures began for Bob as he started his long career in Geology. During graduate school he worked with the USGS in the Spanish Peaks, Montana. He did his graduate thesis while in the Little Rocky Mountains near Zortman. For a few years after graduate school, Bob, joined by Sharon and their growing family, worked as a geologist for the Yogo Sapphire Mine at Utica, Montana.

Switching industries, Bob began a forty year career in oil services which first took him and his family to live in Ireland and Singapore. A move back to the U.S. continued the adventures to Missouri, Texas, Wyoming and back again to Texas. In 2015, while living in Houston, Texas, Bob retired as Vice President of Global Minerals at MI-SWACO. Since his retirement, he has continued to work as a consultant in oil services.

The thing Bob loved best about his work was making new friends and seeing the world. Bob was a very laid back and calm guy. He never let bumpy flights, bad airline food or long flight delays bother him. His travels took him to every corner of the globe. After their daughters were grown, Bob took Sharon along every chance he could. He had many humorous tales to tell about some of the situations he found himself in, whether it be high in the Andes, the Mojave Desert or somewhere in Morocco. Bob had a very fun loving and generous nature.

He loved to sail on any lake or ocean and any size boat or catamaran. Bob and Sharon had many fun years sailing in the Gulf of Mexico and on Flathead Lake, Montana. A camera was always with Bob and the family treasures all of the fun albums he put together from all the years of travel and time spent with his family. Most important to Bob was family. He treasured these few years of retirement living near his grandchildren and children in Oregon.

Bob is survived by his wife, Sharon, daughter Angela, daughter Colette (Jonathon Riley) and five grandchildren, Sullivan, Keegan, Mia, L.J. and Noa, his sister, Myrna (Tony Irwin), brother Jim (Karen Bailey), and many loved nephews and nieces.

To our beloved husband, dad and grandfather - we love you and will miss you dearly.

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NIOSH Award Nominations - Last Call

Posted By Mark Ellis, Monday, June 25, 2018

NIOSH is accepting nominations until July 1, 2018, for the Mine Safety and Health Technology Innovations Award for Industrial Minerals.  The award and nominations are described in the attached flyer.  More information on the award and the nominations process can be accessed through the following link:  The award for industrial minerals will be presented in conjunction with the IMA-NA Annual Meeting, September 25-27, 2018, in Napa, CA.  We strongly encourage you to consider self-nominating your company for the award.

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Court Rules Against 2015 WOTUS Rule

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Monday, June 11, 2018

On Friday, June 8th, a federal judge in Georgia granted a preliminary injunction against the Obama administration's 2015 Waters of the United States rule. The ruling issued by Judge Lisa Godbey Wood for U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia found that the 11 states, which filed the suit, have a substantial likelihood of winning their claims against the 2015 rule. The states included in the ruling are Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Kentucky. These 11 states join the 13 states granted a preliminary injunction against the 2015 rule by the U.S. District Court for North Dakota Southeastern Division. Friday's decision means the 2015 WOTUS rule is effectively blocked in half the country.

This decision is important for several reasons, despite the fact the country is not currently operating under the 2015 WOTUS rule due to the applicability rule issued by the Trump Administration. The applicability rule, pushes the implementation date of the 2015 rule back to 2020, to buy Administrator Pruitt's EPA time to draft, propose and finalize their own interpretation of Waters of the United States. There are currently several challenges to the applicability rule and should one win, it would mean the 2015 rule could go into effect.  Judge Godbey's ruling will make these legal challenges to the applicability rule more difficult for proponents of the 2015 rule to win. This was also the first District Court ruling since the Supreme Court decided in January to give primacy to District Courts on WOTUS challenges.

As IMA-NA has repeatedly stated, the process of finalizing a more common sense WOTUS rule, based on cooperative federalism is going to be long and drawn out. Each action taken by the EPA is going to trigger legal challenges, so it is important to note the courts continue to rule against the 2015 rule as it builds a record in our favor. Below you can read the statement from the Waters Advocacy Coalition on Judge Godbey's ruling. 


“Today’s court ruling is validation for the thousands of farmers, ranchers, and small business owners across the country who have been speaking out against the 2015 WOTUS rule as too broad, confusing, and crippling to their livelihoods,” said Waters Advocacy Coalition spokeswoman Stephanie Genco. “Americans deserve a common-sense WOTUS rule that doesn’t require a team of lawyers and consultants to navigate a maze of federal regulations before building on their own property or plowing a field on their farms. While the 2015 Rule is now stayed in 25 states all together, the other half of the country is still in limbo. That is why the Waters Advocacy Coalition will continue to call on the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the unlawful 2015 rule and release a revised definition of Waters of the United States that affirms the intent of Congress under the Clean Water Act and provides a regulatory structure that supports both clean water and clear rules.”


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First Friday Ask IMA - Today

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, June 1, 2018

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Please join IMA-NA staff this afternoon, June 1st, at 1:00 EST for June's First Friday call. There are numerous important updates on both regulatory and legislative issues staff will be updating members on. We also will provide a brief recap of our Spring Meeting, which we held in May, and flag some developing issues which we think members should be aware of.

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Critical Minerals Final List

Posted By Mark Ellis, Friday, May 18, 2018

Today, the Department of the Interior released the final version of the draft Critical Minerals List that was posted in the Federal Register on February 16, 2018, for public comment, in accordance with Executive Order 13817.

As you may remember, on December 20, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13817, which, among other things, directed the Secretary of the Interior, in coordination with the Secretary of Defense and in consultation with the heads of other relevant agencies, to publish a list of critical minerals in the Federal Register. The U.S. Geological Survey compiled the list—prepared with the Bureau of Land Management’s cooperation—and the list was submitted for public comment via a Federal Register notice.

The list of critical minerals, while “final,” is not a permanent list, but will be dynamic and updated periodically to reflect current data on supply, demand, and concentration of production, as well as current policy priorities.

So what is the next step?

Per the Executive Order Sec. 4, the Commerce Department is responsible for organizing the interagency responses into a final report which is due Aug. 16, 2018, to the President.  The report shall include a strategy to reduce the Nation’s reliance on critical minerals, status of recycling and reprocessing technologies or technological alternatives to critical minerals, options for accessing critical minerals through investment and trade with allies and partners, recommendations to streamline permitting and review processes related to developing leases, enhancing access to critical mineral resources, increasing discovery, production, and domestic refining of critical minerals, and a plan to improve topographic, geologic, and geophysical mapping of the United States and make the resulting data and metadata electronically accessible.

The minerals on the final list are:

    • aluminum (bauxite)

    • antimony

    • arsenic

    • barite

    • beryllium

    • bismuth

    • cesium

    • chromium

    • cobalt

    • fluorspar

    • gallium

    • germanium

    • graphite (natural)

    • hafnium

    • helium

    • indium

    • lithium

    • magnesium

    • manganese

    • niobium

    • platinum group metals

    • potash

    • rare earth elements

    • rhenium

    • rubidium

    • scandium

    • strontium

    • tantalum

    • tellurium

    • tin

    • titanium

    • tungsten

    • uranium

    • vanadium

    • zirconium

The Federal Register notice can be accessed through the following link: 

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