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First Friday Ask IMA - Today

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, May 6, 2016

Don't forget to register for this afternoon's First Friday Ask IMA call. The call will start at 1pm EST and will be an opportunity for IMA-NA to update you on current issues as well as answer any of your questions. As we are right around the corner from our Spring meeting, our call will feature: what issues we will focus on during our meetings with legislators and regulators, recent pieces of legislation we've supported, and the outlook for energy research and development.  We are looking forward to the call and hope to give those members who cannot join us for the Spring meeting a good sense of where IMA-NA is heading in the coming months. 

To register for First Friday's Ask IMA click here

 

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Company News: Randall L. Johnson named President of Vanderbilt Holding Company, Inc.

Posted By Darrell Smith, Thursday, May 5, 2016
Norwalk, CT, May 1, 2016 - Randall L. Johnson has been promoted to the position of President of R.T. Vanderbilt Holding Company, Inc., effective February 5, 2016.

Mr. Johnson resides in Monroe, CT with his wife Cathryn. He is a graduate of Southwestern High School in Jamestown, NY and Alfred University College of Ceramic Engineering in Alfred, NY.

He has held various sales and management positions during his career with Ferro Corporation, Cyprus Industrial Minerals, and most recently as President of Vanderbilt Minerals, LLC, a subsidiary of R.T. Vanderbilt Holding Company, Inc.

Mr. Johnson is a past Vice-President and a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, as well as the current Vice-Chairman of the Industrial Minerals Association-North America in Washington, D.C.

R.T. Vanderbilt Holding Company, Inc. is a closely held manufacturing and distributing industrial minerals and chemicals company with five operating subsidiaries. It is headquartered in Norwalk, CT.

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IMA-NA Welcomes STB Chairman Dan Elliott to the Transportation Committee

Posted By Chris Greissing, Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Surface Transportation Board Chairman Daniel Elliott will be joining the IMA-NA Transportation Committee to provide an update on recent activity before the STB at the IMA-NA Spring meeting in Washington, DC next week.  The meeting is taking place at the Loews Madison Hotel on Wednesday morning, May 11th.

If you are planning on being at the meeting, please be sure to stop by the Hamilton room at 8:00 AM to hear more from the STB Chairman.  We expect Chairman Elliott to touch on some of the changes ongoing at the STB; stakeholder meetings they've been holding and the desired results; and ways our companies can reach out to STB with questions and concerns to get the best results.

We will also have an update on the current state of the rail industry from the Association of American Railroads VP, Government Affairs John Wetzel, and the current state of the trucking industry from Trimac Transportation’s Galen Murphy.

If you’d like any more information, please contact IMA-NA staff.  We look forward to seeing you all at the IMA-NA meeting next week.

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NEW STUDY: Natural Gas Keeps Manufacturing Strong

Posted By Darrell Smith, Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Today, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), along with IHS Economics, released a comprehensive study demonstrating how natural gas and natural gas pipelines have strengthened manufacturing and, therefore, our country. The study’s findings include:
 
-Natural gas access contributed to 1.9 million jobs economy-wide in 2015.
-Shale gas put an extra $1,337 back in the pocket of the average American family.
-New natural gas pipelines created more than 347,000 jobs, with 60,000 in manufacturing.
 
Click here to read a summary, stories from manufacturers and the full in-depth study.

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EPA: CERCLA Section 108(b) Proposed Rule for Hard Rock Mining

Posted By Darrell Smith, Monday, May 2, 2016
EPA: CERCLA Section 108(b) Proposed Rule for Hard Rock Mining - May 17, 2016, 2:00PM-3:00PM EDT

The Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery will present a webinar on the development of the proposed regulation for financial responsibility for certain hard rock mines and mineral processing facilities under Section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). EPA previously presented the CERCLA 108(b) proposed rule framework in a webinar held in September, 2015, available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq5Di3Ti6Oc. The upcoming webinar will provide an update on the Agency's progress in developing the rule, and describe the Agency's current thinking on the key aspects of the rule described in the framework. Stakeholders and other members of the public are invited to learn about the CERCLA 108(b) rulemaking and will have the opportunity to ask questions during the webinar. For more information and to register, see http://clu-in.org/live.

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Department of Commerce: Connect to a world of opportunity in Latin America

Posted By Darrell Smith, Monday, May 2, 2016
The 2016 Trade Winds program offers U.S. companies the opportunity to explore seven markets in Latin America, September 6-13, 2016.

Hosted in Chile, Trade Winds will feature a Latin America business forum, consisting of regional and industry specific conference sessions as well as pre-arranged consultations with senior U.S. diplomats representing commercial markets from 22 Western Hemisphere countries.

Additional trade mission stops will give participants the opportunity to conduct customized business-to-business meetings with pre-screened firms in Mexico, Bolivia, Paraguay, Chile, Peru, Argentina and Uruguay. 

For additional information please contact Joshua Kaplan at Joshua.Kaplan@trade.gov   

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Monday Moves with MineFit: Super On-Site Stretch Series Week Seven: The Front to Back Safe Step

Posted By Darrell Smith, Monday, May 2, 2016

This is the FINAL week of the Super On-Site Stretch Series, brought to you by MineFit! This final week highlights the Front to Back Safe Step, which helps workers learn better control while stepping at various lengths and distances to decelerate and preserve feet and ankles. Additionally, it helps improve the muscles in the upper leg, encourages a light cardiovascular warmup to benefit circulation, and releases stiff hips from long periods of sitting.

Directions: Perform 8 on each leg, stepping both forwards and backwards on the same leg. Keep the standing leg in the same place, raising the heel up on the front step and keeping the foot flat on the back step. Keep the upper body from “wobbling” while you try to make each step a little bigger and longer. For an extra challenge, bend both knees more in each stride before returning to standing position.  






 

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MineFit Tidbit: When it Comes to the Body, Timing is Everything

Posted By Darrell Smith, Friday, April 29, 2016
Proper Timing for Meals and Rest can Deal-Make (or Break) Your Bodyweight and Your Work...

A recent meta-summary of “The Right Time To Do Everything” highlights several bodies of research to create a set of statistics to apply to the right time for all of your most important daily habits. 

Meals:
We are best served to eat the majority of our calories in the 8 most active hours of the day: in fact, research indicates as great as a 40% discrepancy between those who followed the daytime eating strategy versus an all-day eating pattern.

Sleep: 
We are designed to have our longer sleep during the night and a mini-rest during the early afternoon.  Studies show that the amount of sleep one gets is actually less important than ensuring straight REM cycles (3-3.5 hours per cycle) at night and a short rest period during the lunch break/early afternoon to sustain energy and cognitive focus in the later portion of the day.

Exercising:  
As a general rule of exercise, generally, later is better. To clarify: stretching amply in the morning does reduce joint problems and injury; but, for higher levels of activity, such as cardiovascular training or weights, the hours from 2pm-5pm are ideal. Furthermore, muscle strength peaks between 2pm-6pm. This has important implications within the industry: delegating heavier lifting tasks for this time of day might produce more work product and fewer injuries on site.  
 

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NISA Sends Letter on Final Silica Rule to House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Thursday, April 28, 2016

Last week the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a heading on the OSHA final rule on suitable occupational exposure levels to respirable crystalline silica. As expected, the hearing broke down along partisan lines with the majority Republicans questioning whether the final rule reflected functional public policy and the minority Democrats saying it was long overdue. Both the Members and the witnesses spoke to the need to protect workers from a potential, but preventable, occupational hazard; they just differed in approach.

As follow up to the hearing, NISA sent a letter to Chairman Tim Walberg and Ranking Member Frederica Wilson to be entered into the public record of the hearing.  The letter highlights NISA and IMA-NA's steadfast position that OSHA's rule should keep the current 100 micrograms PEL but create an action level of 50 micrograms which triggers further exposure monitoring and medical surveillance.  The "NISA Solution" has been our message from the start of the rulemaking process. Our members have had tremendous success from implementing the Silicosis Prevention Program (SPP) and we wanted to ensure NISA's voice was on the Congressional record as well as the rulemaking record.

Please see the attached letter and op-ed NISA submitted to the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.

Click here to watch the hearing.  

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Sand Facts - 162nd Anniversary of Hertha Marks Ayrton's Birth

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Thursday, April 28, 2016

Google is celebrating a scientist whose work included a focus on understanding sand's interaction with its environment. Today marks the 162nd anniversary of the birth of Hertha Marks Ayrton, a famous British inventor and scientist. Hertha Marks Ayrton is well known for her work on the origin of sand ripples. She explored how and why ripples form in the sand, what the relationship between sand and water is, why the ripples can take on a kind of uniformity, and how long ripples stay in a semi-permanent state.  Hertha read her paper, The Origin and Growth of Ripple Marks before the Royal Society in 1904; becoming the first woman to present her work herself before the Society.  Two years later she was awarded the Hughes Medal for her work on both the electrical arc and sand ripples.

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