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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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2018 Spring Meeting Presentations

Posted By RJ Alpers, Thursday, May 10, 2018

Thank you to all who attended IMA-NA's 2018 Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.! We hope you enjoyed the new and reinvigorated format and the opportunity to hear from leaders at EPA, MSHA, STB as well as experts in transportation and energy. For members looking to review meeting materials IMA-NA has provided the PDF of the presentations available for circulation below. Thank you again for your participation this week.

Randy Mullett, Senior Policy Advisor, National Industrial Transportation League


Jeffrey Sloan, Senior Director, Regulatory and Technical Affairs, American Chemistry Council and Rail Customer Coalition


 David Zatezalo, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health


 Samir Nangia, Director, Financial Services & Energy, IHS Markit


Joseph Triepke, Founder & Principal Research Analyst, Infill Thinking


David Crane, Lobbyist, Domestic Energy Producers Association


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NIOSH Award Nominations Open

Posted By Mark Ellis, Friday, May 4, 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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BLM Notices Availability of RMPs for Greater Sage Grouse

Posted By Mark Ellis, Friday, May 4, 2018

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced the opening of the comment period on draft Resource Management Plans (RMP) and draft Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) for Greater Sage Grouse in six RMPs covering Colorado, Nevada and Northern California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming.  Since 2015 the BLM, in discussions with partners, recognized that several refinements and policy updates could help strengthen conservation efforts, while providing increased economic opportunity to local communities.  Comments on the draft RMPs and draft EISs must be submitted on or before August 2, 2018, or 15 days after the last public meeting is held, whichever is later.


To reach the national project website, please click here.  From this portal page you can select each of the six geographic areas covered by a specific draft RMP with its own draft EIS.  Once on the geographic area of interest, the specific draft RMP and draft EIS can be accessed through the Documents & Reports link in the left-hand margin.


IMA-NA will file comments in these rulemakings.

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