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IMA-NA Comments on Critical and Strategic Materials Supply Chains

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Thursday, August 28, 2014

On August 27th, IMA-NA submitted comments to the Office of Science and Technology Policy in response to its request for information on "Critical and Strategic Materials Supply Chains".  IMA-NA's comments focused on the importance of minerals in general, and industrial minerals specifically, to our economy.  Our dependence on minerals in order to maintain a high standard of life was used to highlight the significance of, not only, minerals currently classified as critical or strategic but also industrial minerals to society. 

The comments then moved on to push for investment in the Mineral Resources Program at USGS, as our only unbiased source of information on the state of minerals across the globe.  In order to properly understand the mineral supply chain and its vulnerabilities one needs to have both a source of information with the ability to forecast trends.  IMA-NA believes the Mineral Resources Program should be funded to reflect our reliance on minerals with a long term goal of significant forecasting capabilities. 

To read IMA-NA's comments click on the attachment at the end of this post. 

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Tags:  comments  minerals science  msic  policy  supply chain  usgs 

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Manufacturing Day 2014 - Community Engagement

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Wednesday, August 27, 2014
As summer draws to a close, National Manufacturing Day is rapidly approaching.  On October 3, 2014 manufacturers across the country will open their doors for events, share their stories, and remind the world of the importance of manufacturing.  The day is a celebration of industry across the United States and a great opportunity to interact with your communities and legislators.

Last year, more than 830 events were held in manufacturing facilities across the nation. This year, there are already manufacturers signed up to host open houses, tours, career workshops and other activities. To help inspire a new generation of manufacturers and connect with your community you may want to consider hosting an event this October!

To get involved and add your voice to the event, click here.

Also available on the official website for Manufacturing Day are tools such as a social media toolkit, tips to telling your company’s story, sample videos and graphics and more information to help you have a successful Manufacturing Day.

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Room Reservation Deadline!

Posted By Chris Greissing, Friday, August 15, 2014
This is an important reminder that the deadline for making a room reservation at the Jackson Lake Lodge for the IMA Annual Meeting will be this TUESDAY, AUGUST 19th.  If you do not book your room before then, it is very possible that you will not be able to get a room at the Lodge for the meeting.  The hotel is completely sold out outside of our block currently, and any extra inventory we have from our block after the 19th, I am told, will go fast.

The only way to get your rooms is to call 1-800-628-9988 and say you are with the IMA Meeting. The website currently states that the hotel is sold out, but there are still rooms available if you call the hotel directly.

To register for the meeting which takes place September 8 - 11, 2014 in Jackson Hole, WY, click here.

A program is attached.

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Mining Law Reform Introduced in House

Posted By Chris Greissing, Friday, August 15, 2014
The House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member, Peter DeFazio (D-OR), has introduced H.R. 5060, the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2014. The legislation would be a major reform of the General Mining Act of 1872.  The legislation aims to do a number of things, including:
  • Permanently end the patenting of public lands from mining
    • Unless the patent application was submitted prior to 9/30/1994
  • Establish an 8% gross income royalty on new operations and a 4% gross income royalty on existing operations
    • Except for operations w/ less than $100,000 of mining income
  • Would increase the claim maintenance fee to $150 (up from $140) and the one-time location fee to $50 (up from $34)
    • Except for operators with 10 or fewer claims
  • Would make certain lands off-limits to hardrock mining
    • Wilderness study areas; areas of critical environmental concern; roadless areas; and wild and scenic rivers
    • It would also allow states, tribal and local county governments to petition for withdrawal of tracts of land
  • Includes a wide range of new Environmental considerations
    • Secretary of the Interior has the authority to deny permission to mine if mining activities will result in undue degradation of public lands and resources.  Identified in the bill as “irreparable harm to significant scientific, cultural, or environmental resources on public lands that cannot be effectively mitigated."
  • Would allow for 2 types of permits
    • Exploration permit
      • Term no longer than 10 years
      • Cover activities that would not result in sale of minerals
      • Require submission of a reclamation plan
    • Operation permits
      • Require more stringent review
      • Require submission for reclamation, monitoring and long-term maintenance
      • Term would be for 20 years
        • 20 year renewal term if the operation is in compliance w/ the permits
  • Creates a new Hardrock Minerals Fund, which would receive all royalties created as described above, as well as a new 7-cents-per-ton fee on displaced materials from hardrock mining, claim maintenance fees above those needed for the administration of the hardrock program, and other smaller sources of funding.  
  • Two-thirds of the Hardrock Minerals Fund would go to the Hardrock Reclamation Account
    • This would be used to reclaim lands and resources affected by abandoned mines
    •   Half of the funds would go to states with abandoned hardrock mines in proportion to the amount of current and historical hardrock production in those states
A copy of the legislation is attached.   

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IMA-NA Members Can Benefit from an Exclusive 20% Discount on all Roskill Global Reports

Posted By Darrell Smith, Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Roskill is an independent, privately-owned company with over 40 years of experience analyzing global commodities markets.  Roskill expert researchers make a thorough and objective analysis of all available data, from sources worldwide, including China, and a large and invaluable network of contacts.

Each of Roskill’s international reports gives you a comprehensive analysis of an individual industrial mineral market covering world production and consumption, the operations of the major producers, end-use market applications, price trends, international trade patterns and forecasts for supply and demand analysis.

IMA-NA members can now benefit from an exclusive 20% discount on all Roskill Global market reports.  Roskill currently covers the following industrial minerals and commodities including:

-Barytes (upcoming)
-Bauxite & Alumina
-Bentonite (upcoming)
-Boron (upcoming)
-Frac Sands (upcoming)
-Ground and Precipitated Calcium Carbonate
-Gypsum (new)
-Magnesium Compounds
-Natural & Synthetic Graphite
-Activated carbon
-North American proppants (upcoming)
-Petroleum Coke
-Rare Earths (upcoming)
-Salt (new)
-Soda Ash (upcoming)
-Talc (upcoming)
-Ultralightweight Aggregates
-Zirconium (upcoming)

For more information on Roskill reports, including table of contents, summaries and leaflets, please visit or contact Christine Duggan at or call +44 20 8417 0087.  If you are interested in purchasing any of Roskill reports please quote "IMA-NA MEMBER."

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Metal/Non-Metal Mine Rescue Competition Winners Announced

Posted By Darrell Smith, Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Top honors in this year’s national metal and non-metal mine rescue competition went to three teams representing metal producers in Missouri, Wyoming and New Mexico.

Doe Run Co.’s Maroon Team from Viburnum, MO took first place, FMC Minerals’ Red Team from Green River, WY came in second, and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s WIPP Red Team from Carlsbad, NM came in third, MSHA said in a press release today.  The WIPP team finished first in the overall standings.  The annual event was held last week in Lexington, KY.

Newmont Mining Corp.’s Carlin Team from Elko, NV won the first-aid competition.  OCI Wyoming, LLC’s Blue Team, also from Green River, earned the top spot in the technician team competition, while Vulcan Materials Co.’s Blue Team from Bartlett, IL won the team trainer competition. 

Mine rescue teams exist to rescue trapped, injured or missing miners in the event of a mine emergency.  Contests provide a means for teams to improve their skills in a competitive environment.

A total of 41 teams participated.  In the field competition, five-member teams are required to search and account for all missing miners following standard mine rescue procedures.  The two-man technician team must ensure that multi-gas and self-contained breathing apparatuses are in proper working condition.  The first-aid challenge requires teams to deal with medical emergency techniques, such as CPR, control of bleeding, treatment of physical shock, wounds, burns and musculoskeletal injuries. The team trainer test consists of multiple-choice and true-false questions.

The Central Kentucky Mine Rescue Association, Kentucky Crushed Stone Association and Carmeuse Stone & Lime hosted the four-day event.  MSHA supplied the judges and the field, written and technical problems.

Reprinted with the permission of of Sharpe's Point: On Mine Safety, Extracting Insights for Industry

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Another Reason to Attend the IMA-NA Annual Meeting

Posted By Darrell Smith, Friday, August 8, 2014
The 2014 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival will take place September 3-14, during the IMA-NA Annual Meeting. The event includes the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival’s trademark mix of visual, contemporary, culinary, Western, landscape, wildlife and Native American arts. The festival offers visitors more than 50 family-friendly events, many of them free, surrounded by the Teton Mountain Range in its autumn colors – with a chance to purchase original artworks from cowboy to cutting-edge contemporary.

Click here to learn more.


We have an exciting event planned for the 2014 IMA-NA Annual Meeting at Jackson Lake Lodge

First, at the luncheon on Wednesday, September 10th, we are excited to have Michael Bogert speaking on the “Potential Impacts on the Industrial Minerals Industry from the Listing of the Greater Sage Grouse.”

Michael is with the law firm Parsons Behle and has a strong background in Endangered Species Act issues.  He was also the General Counsel to former Department of Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne during the last term of President George W. Bush. 

The second speaker we’ve lined up for you is Anthony Huey from Reputation Management Associates.  Anthony is a professional speaker who presents on a range of topics.  The title of his planned talk for Thursday morning, September 11th, is “Negotiation Skills: Answering Difficult Questions.”  

We have a very full agenda over the course of the week out in Jackson Hole.  The meeting begins on Monday, September 8, 2014 with a Day of Service involving trail maintenance in the National Park hosted by the National Park Service.  Those that have participated in these events at our recent meetings have enjoyed the experience thoroughly.  The hospitality suite/exhibit hall will open that night as well.

On Tuesday, September 9th, we have the Associate Members’ Golf Tournament which will take place at the Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club.  This will be a shotgun start around 12:15 PM and a scramble format.  We will have prizes for lowest team score, closest to the pin, longest drive and putts.  We will have a bus take participants from the hotel to the course leaving at approximately 10:30 AM and it will return to the hotel by about 6:00 PM.

Also on Tuesday, September 9th, we will have a day of Fly-Fishing.  We will have a bus picking you up at the hotel before 7:00 AM to head out to the fishing location.  The bus will likely have you back to the hotel around 5:00.  We have a very limited number of slots left for this.  Once it sells out, we will not be able to accommodate more guests.  If you are interested in fishing, we strongly encourage you to sign up today to ensure you have a spot.  

We will have a reception on Tuesday evening, and the exhibit hall/hospitality room will be open that evening as well.  

Wednesday will be a full day of business meetings.  We will kick off the morning with the Associate Members section meeting followed by the minerals sections meeting throughout that morning.  We will then have meetings of the Operations and Engineering, Environmental, Membership, Safety and Health, and Transportation Committees that afternoon.  We will conclude the day with a reception followed by a dinner.  The hospitality suite/exhibit hall will be open following the dinner.

Thursday, the 11th, will be another very full day.  We will have Anthony Huey speaking to the group at the breakfast.  Our Board of Directors will then meet from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM.  

Following the Board meeting, we will have a special session on Silicosis Prevention Training.  As you know, OSHA currently is considering a proposal to cut the permissible exposure limit in half.  This session will give you a roadmap to compliance using the NISA Silicosis Prevention Program.  The class will go from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM.  

We strongly encourage you to get your rooms as soon as possible.  While we do have a considerable block of rooms for this meeting, the block does expire in mid-August.  Once the rooms are gone, we will not be able to guarantee rooms.  Because this meeting is in a National Park, there are not many other lodging options nearby.  To get your rooms please call: 1-800-628-9988 and be sure to mention the IMA-NA meeting.

Also, we will be providing meals for breakfast on Wednesday and Thursday; lunch on Wednesday and Thursday (for those attending the Silicosis Training); and dinner on Wednesday.  Because dining options are limited, we encourage you to make reservations ahead of time.  You can view the restaurant options and find out reservation information, here.  

Finally, when flying in to the meeting, Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) is the closes airport and is about 30 miles from the hotel.  

If you have not registered yet, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible.  

Click here to register for the meeting today.

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New IMA-NA Position Papers

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Thursday, August 7, 2014
IMA-NA has posted two new position papers related to our ongoing advocacy efforts.  The first position highlights our commitment to investment in minerals science information through restoring previous funding levels for the US Geological Survey's Minerals Information programs.  To read our position paper on minerals science information click here.

The second posted position reinforces our support for workforce development programs. Recently IMA-NA added its voice to those calling for the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which was signed into law last month. To read our position paper on the importance of workforce development click here.

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IMA-NA Signs Letter to the House Small Biz Committee Concerning WOTUS

Posted By Darrell Smith, Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Waters Advocacy Coalition (IMA-NA is a member) sent a letter to the House Small Business Committee expressing its concerns over the Environmental Protection Agencies’ and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule.  The proposed rule seeks to “clarify” which waters are federally regulated and which waters remain under the jurisdiction of their respective states.  The letter requests that the Committee take steps to ensure that the agencies do not advance a proposed rule that does not consider the needs of small businesses.  To read the letter, see attached.

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MSHA Proposed Civil Penalty Rule: What Will Happen to Operator Contest Rights?

Posted By Darrell Smith, Monday, August 4, 2014
The following regulatory brief has been provided by IMA-NA Associate Member Adele Abrams...

On July 31, 2014, the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) Proposed Rule for the Criteria and Procedures for Assessment of Civil Penalties was published in the Federal Register. Publishing the rule begins the 60 day period for public comment, all of which must be received or postmarked by midnight Eastern Daylight Savings Time on September 29, 2014. The proposed rule’s link is:

MSHA claims the rule’s design and goal is to “place greater emphasis on more serious safety and health conditions, thus providing improved safety and health for miner.” However, the proposed rule appears to seek a reduction in contested citations and orders by the industry, by providing disincentives for contesting citations and orders, which would further decrease the MSHA litigation backlog.  

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