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Free EPA Webinars

Posted By Darrell Smith, Tuesday, March 1, 2016
EPA’s Technology Innovation and Field Services Division is offering several free webinars that may be of interest to IMA-NA members, including the following.

Ecological Revitalization and Contaminated Sites - March 17, 2016, 2:00PM-3:30PM EDT (18:00-19:30 GMT). Restoring local ecosystems as part of the cleanup and reuse of contaminated properties can enhance remedies, strengthen community interest and provide significant environmental benefits. These native landscapes improve soil health and support diverse vegetation, protect air and water quality, support wildlife habitat and recreation areas, and enable environmental education opportunities. This webinar focuses on ecological revitalization and provides an in-depth look at the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant Fly Ash site in Kingston, Tennessee. Restoration efforts there went beyond cleanup requirements, with native species supporting diverse natural habitats. 

ITRC Mining Waste Treatment Technology Selection - March 24, 2016, 1:00PM-3:15PM EDT (17:00-19:15 GMT). ITRC's Mining Waste Team developed the ITRC Web-based Mining Waste Technology Selection site to assist project managers in selecting an applicable technology, or suite of technologies, which can be used to remediate mine waste contaminated sites. Decision trees, through a series of questions, guide users to a set of treatment technologies that may be applicable to that particular site situation. Each technology is described, along with a summary of the applicability, advantages, limitations, performance, stakeholder and regulatory considerations, and lessons learned. Each technology overview links to case studies where the technology has been implemented. In this associated Internet-based training, instructors provide background information then take participants through the decision tree using example sites. Project managers, regulators, site owners, and community stakeholders should attend this training class to learn how to use the ITRC Web-based Mining Waste Technology Selection site to identify appropriate technologies, address all impacted media, access case studies, and understand potential regulatory constraints.

ITRC Biochemical Reactors for Treating Mining Influenced Water - March 31, 2016, 1:00PM-3:15PM EDT (17:00-19:15 GMT). Mining influenced water (MIW) includes aqueous wastes generated by ore extraction and processing, as well as mine drainage and tailings runoff. MIW handling, storage, and disposal is a major environmental problem in mining districts throughout the U.S. and around the world. Biochemical reactors (BCRs) are engineered treatment systems that use an organic substrate to drive microbial and chemical reactions to reduce concentrations of metals, acidity, and sulfate in MIWs. The ITRC Biochemical Reactors for Mining-Influenced Water technology guidance (BCR-1, 2013) and this associated Internet-based training provide an in-depth examination of BCRs; a decision framework to assess the applicability of BCRs; details on testing, designing, constructing and monitoring BCRs; and real world BCR case studies with diverse site conditions and chemical mixtures. At the end of this training, you should be able to complete the following activities: describe a BCR and how it works; identify when a BCR is applicable to a site; use the ITRC guidance for decision-making by applying the decision framework; improve site decision-making through understanding of BCR advantages, limitations, reasonable expectations, regulatory and other challenges; and navigate the ITRC Biochemical Reactors for Mining-Influenced Water technology guidance (BCR-1, 2013).

To register for these webinars, and to view a complete list of offerings, click here.

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Monday Moves with MineFit: Side Stretch

Posted By Darrell Smith, Monday, February 29, 2016

A MineFit reminder to keep moving! 

Reach one arm up and over your head and lean as far as possible to the other side. Keep your feet planted. Hold for 20 seconds per side.

Focus: Stretching the entire side of the body.

 

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TSCA Reform Letter - Priorities for Reform

Posted By Darrell Smith, Monday, February 29, 2016
Today, IMA-NA joined 150 other organizations in a letter to the House and Senate highlighting key priorities for chemical regulatory reform. To read the letter and associated attachment, see attached.

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OSHA Issues Hazard Alert on Scissor Lifts

Posted By Darrell Smith, Monday, February 29, 2016
According to OSHA, employers who use scissor lifts need to evaluate and implement effective controls that address fall protection, stabilization and positioning. Click here to learn more.

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MineFit Tidbit: THE PRICE OF PAIN

Posted By Darrell Smith, Friday, February 26, 2016

About $635 billion is spent annually in health care costs and lost productivity. Furthermore, for every one medical treatment provider, there are over 28,500 patients with chronic pain. Even worse, only four medical schools in the entire country require a course on patient pain management, and fewer than 20 offer it as an elective credit. A culture shift is absolutely vital to the reduction of chronic pain: working with preventive care professionals and teaching the 100 million people who face chronic pain how to self-manage and treat (and prevent recurrence of) their pain, is the only way to get costs down and health up. MineFit is based on preventive care. Click here to learn more.

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Kogel Appointed NIOSH Associate Director for Mine Safety and Health

Posted By Darrell Smith, Thursday, February 25, 2016
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Director Dr. John Howard recently appointed Dr. Jessica Kogel as Associate Director for Mine Safety and Health. The appointment was effective February 8. Dr. Kogel becomes the fourth NIOSH Associate Director for Mine Safety and Health following Drs. Larry Grayson, Lewis Wade and Jeffery Kohler. In that capacity, Dr. Kogel is responsible for the mine safety and health research program at NIOSH.
 
Since 2004, Dr. Kogel has worked for IMA-NA member company Imerys S.A., a French multinational company, founded in 1880, which specializes in the production and processing of industrial minerals. Since 2011, Dr. Kogel was the Senior Manager for Mining and Geology at Imerys. Dr. Kogel has been actively involved in professional organizations, serving as President of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) in 2013 and President of the Clay Minerals Society (CMS) in 2003. She continues to serve on the Board of Trustees of the SME Foundation. She is also Vice-Chairman of the Board of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum.
 
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WEBINAR: Best Practices for Compliance with MSHA's Machinery and Equipment Standards

Posted By Darrell Smith, Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Please register for Best Practices for Compliance with MSHA's Machinery and Equipment Standards on Feb 26, 2016 2:00 PM EST at: 

Click here to Register!


Following a number of fatal accidents involving machinery and non-haulage mobile and quarry equipment over the past several years, MSHA issued an enforcement alert focusing broadly on equipment use at Metal/Nonmetal Mines. This webinar will spotlight many of the standards MSHA may target in response to these accidents, including best practices, tips for compliance, and defenses to citations. 

Instructor: Joshua Schultz, Law Office of Adele Abrams, PC

Cost: $39/person for IMA Members 
$69/person for non-members

-The webinar will be recorded and the recording and slides will be made available 
-After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar

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Clean Water Rule Case Jurisdiction Ruling

Posted By Chris Greissing, Wednesday, February 24, 2016
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled that a challenge to the EPA’s new Clean Water Regulation will be held by the federal appeals court rather than a district court.  It was a split decision (1-1-1) that denied motions to dismiss for a lack of jurisdiction, and holding the Sixth Circuit has jurisdiction under Sec. 509 (b)(1) to decide the challenges to the WOTUS Rule.  The government had opposed the motions.

While 2 of the judges disagreed that Section 509 (b)(1) required the direct circuit review, one of those judges indicated they felt they were bound by a previous decision by the Sixth Circuit (National Cotton Council case) to find that the Sixth Circuit has jurisdiction here.

Importantly, even though the future of the case remains murky, the nationwide stay of the Rule remains in effect.  Because of the split decision, it is likely that a request will be made by some of the petitioners to seek a rehearing en banc (by the full Sixth Circuit, which is currently 23 judges) to review the ruling.  En banc review on a jurisdictional order is rarely granted, but if it were, it could take months to resolve.  

The decision impacts the over thirty challenges to the clean water rule that had been consolidated earlier by the court and the additional challenges that had been waiting before other courts throughout the country, including the Eleventh Circuit.  The Eleventh Circuit is not bound by the Sixth Circuits decision in the National Cotton case, so a conflicting decision is possible, and would potentially set the jurisdiction question up to the Supreme Court for review.  

The Sixth Circuit’s ruling is attached.

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NISA Receives H&S Award from SME

Posted By Darrell Smith, Wednesday, February 24, 2016
The National Industrial Sand Association (NISA) today received an award from the Society of Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) and its newly established Health & Safety Division. The Health & Safety Research and Educational Excellence Award was presented to NISA President Mark Ellis by Division Chairman Dr. Eric Lutz at SME's 2016 Annual Conference & Expo in Phoenix, AZ. The award inscription reads:  "For development of an innovative health program to prevent occupational disease related to overexposure to respirable crystalline silica."  In accepting the award, Ellis reminded the Division that, "Silicosis is a totally preventable occupational disease and preventing it begins with knowing the concentration of exposures to which their employees are exposed. Prevention, and corrective action if necessary, begins there."
 
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MineFit Tidbit: Ham it Up!

Posted By Darrell Smith, Friday, February 19, 2016

Tightness in the hamstring muscle limits motion in the pelvis which can increase stress and strain across the low back. Stretching the hamstrings can gradually lengthen them and reduce the stress felt in the lower back. Hamstring stretching should include applying pressure to lengthen the hamstring muscle for 30-45 seconds at a time, one to two times each day. The hamstring muscles will lengthen over time, decreasing stress on the low back.


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