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Congress to Vote on National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The House is slated to vote on the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act (H.R. 1937) this week. H.R. 1937 was introduced by Representative Amodei (R-NV) as the House companion bill for Senator Murkowski's American Mineral Security Act (S. 883).  Both bills encourage greater production of strategic and critical minerals in the United States as well as providing for greater investment in minerals sciences.  IMA-NA has supported both bills since introduction, specifically for the provisions geared towards increasing minerals information programs at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) as well as creating a more efficient and streamlined permitting process of mining projects. Both pieces of legislation acknowledge our reliance on minerals and the necessity to invest in long term responsible and efficient development of our natural resources.  Previously, IMA-NA submitted testimony to the Senate supporting the objectives of the American Mineral Security Act as well as signing onto the Minerals Sciences Information Coalition's (MSIC) comments.  The bill is an important step to encouraging the continued investment in our industry.  If you would like to reach out to your member an encourage their support you can click here.

To read the bill click here.

Tags:  Congress  critical minerals  industrial minerals industry  legislation  minerals science  permitting process  strategic minerals 

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North American Minerals Days - Industry Impact

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Thursday, October 15, 2015

As IMA-NA and all our members know the Industrial Minerals Industry is unassuming despite having far reaching impacts across the economy.  The drive of North American Minerals Days is to promote the understanding that the modern world is made of Industrial Minerals, including highlighting the quantifiable impacts of the industry.  Recent studies concluded that in the United States alone the Industrial Minerals Industry directly contributes $33.5 billion the the GDP. When we consider the variety of products and processes our minerals go into the ripple effects of the industry are substantially more. In addition to acting as the building blocks for the products that make our modern lifestyles possible, the Industrial Minerals Industry also supports industries like those found in our Associate Member Section. Our Associate Members provide equipment, services, and expertise that strengthens and further stretches the impact of the industry.  North American Minerals Days celebrate the industry's involvement with their communities, as leaders, job creators, and active investors in the future. This recognition can include our Associate Members that help the industry continue producing the minerals we need in the best way possible.  

The attached article written by our Associate Member, Kevin Peterson, is a key example of the symbiotic relationship that develops between Producers and the supporting industries.  Read the article to learn how Vortex helped a customer figure out a solution to making their process run smoother and more efficiently. It is a demonstration of the wider community and how many people rely on the industry in one way or another to lead their lives. 

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Tags:  Associate Member  community  industrial minerals  industrial minerals industry  industry  North American Minerals Days  Vortex Valves 

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Minerals Days - 1st Annual North American Minerals Days

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Tuesday, October 13, 2015

This week marks the first official North American Minerals Days, an expansion of IMA-Europe's successful European Minerals Day program.  Started in 2007, with the goal of increasing awareness of the industrial minerals industry and the role it plays in communities across Europe, European Minerals Day as of 2015 has grown into a global program.  IMA-NA partnered with IMA-Europe to promote events to educate and engage with the public about our members and the important work you do.  Traditionally, European Minerals Day is held over one week-end, when quarries and plants from the minerals sector all over Europe open their doors to schools, students, families, neighbours and all those interested to discover more about an industry that affects every aspect of our lives. Starting with Omya's Open Quarry Day in September, North American Minerals Days will cover a range of activities held in the fall.  Keep an eye out this week for news related to North American Minerals Days and how we can continue to help individuals outside of our industry understand what we do and who we are. 

Visit our site for more information on the 1st Annual North American Minerals Days and visit the European Minerals Days to learn about our partners from IMA-Europe. 

Tags:  community  education  industrial minerals industry  North American Minerals Days 

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North American Minerals Days - Georgia Marble Festival This Weekend

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, October 2, 2015

This weekend Jasper and the Marble Valley of Pickens County will be hosting the 35th annual Georgia Marble Festival. IMA-NA member, Imerys, has long been an active participant and sponsor in the events of the weekend which kicks off this year with the Marble Festival 5k Run/Walk on Saturday morning. The weekend activities include guided tours of marble industry facilities as well as numerous family oriented activities such as arts and crafts, demonstrations, and an ongoing sculptor. The Festival is a great opportunity for the community to come together to learn about and celebrate the role marble and marble producers, like Imerys, play in their lives. IMA-NA is pleased to note our partnership with the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce and the association of the Georgia Marble Festival with North American Minerals Days. The Festival is a great example of what positives can come from community awareness and commemoration of the way the locally sourced minerals impact their lives. We are looking forward to a successful festival this weekend and encourage our members in the area to take advantage of the events.

 

To learn more about the Festival click here and to learn more about North American Minerals Days click here

Tags:  education  Georgia Marble Festival  Imerys  industrial minerals  industrial minerals industry  North American Minerals Days  outreach 

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EPA Announces Finalized Ozone Standard

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Thursday, October 1, 2015

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the finalization of its rule setting a new national ozone standard. The rule lowers the standard to 70 parts per billion (ppb) from the current standard of 75 ppb. This announcement comes four years after President Obama asked the EPA to withdraw the rule before finalization.  At the time the EPA seemed to be leaning towards a standard of 65 ppb and the President's decision to delay the rule was a victory for industry.  Today's announcement of a standard of 70 ppb is marginally better than an even lower standard, but it will still have a negative impact on industry across the country.  As the EPA pushes for ever lowering standards they continue to close in on background levels of ozone, meaning compliance becomes less and less realistic for not only industry but the rest of the country as well. Although the rule is not the worst case scenario, the news is not positive for the mining community nor industries in other sectors. 

To read the final rule click here

Tags:  air quality standard  emissions  EPA  industrial minerals industry  ozone  Regulations 

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Omya Hosts Open Quarry Day at Tatlock Quarry

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, September 11, 2015

Tomorrow, September 12th, OMYA is hosting an open quarry day at their Tatlock quarry in support of North American Minerals Days and European Minerals Day 2015. OMYA has been participating in European Minerals Day since its start in 2007, hosting a variety of events to promote further engagement and awareness within their communities about OMYA's important role in the mining and production of calcium carbonate. Located in Ontario, the Tatlock quarry is the largest calcium carbonate mine in Canada with its products being used in paints, plastics, construction materials , as well as paper and packaging materials. IMA-NA looks forward to continuing to highlight industrial mineral producers through partnerships for both North American Minerals Days and European Minerals Days.  Below you'll find OMYA's invitation to the local community to come learn about the Tatlock Quarry.

OMYA invites you
Saturday, September 12th

OMYA invites you on a guided Bus Tour of the Tatlock Quarry!
World renowned for its production of excellent grade
Calcium Carbonate – the glistening slopes of the Quarry
are a remarkable site to behold.
September 12th’s open house Tour follows the history
of calcium deposits from the breathtaking precipice to a
spectacular view at the bottom of the Tatlock Quarry!
Join the Open House tour:
Saturday September 12th, 2015
10am til 2pm
- rain or shine -
at the Tatlock Quarry

Tags:  community  education  European Minerals Day  IMA-Europe  industrial minerals industry  North American Minerals Day  Omya  Tatlock Quarry 

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Bi-State Sage Grouse Removed from the Endangered Species List

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Thursday, April 23, 2015

Secretary of Interior, Sally Jewell, has announced the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) decision to remove the Bi-State Greater Sage-Grouse from the Endangered Species List. The announcement comes in the midst of the ongoing FWS deliberation on whether the Greater Sage-Grouse should be listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Secretary Jewell’s announcement signals the success of the multiyear state lead collaborative conservation efforts in the Bi-State area. The Bi-State population of Greater Sage-Grouse inhabits approximately 4.5 million acres of land on the Nevada and California border and was designated as a Distinct Population Segment (DPS) in 2010.  The DPS classification recognizes that the Bi-State population of Greater Sage-Grouse is significantly genetically different from the rest of the population in the western United States, due to thousands of years of relative separation. 

Since the early 2000s state and local agencies in California and Nevada along with federal agencies, landowners and businesses created and enacted successful conservation plans for the Bi-State Greater Sage Grouse.  FWS’s decision to remove the Bi-State Greater Sage-Grouse from the Endangered Species list is a demonstration of the powerful role state and local conservation plans can be in efforts to protect wildlife. The 11 western states with populations of Greater Sage-Grouse have all been working diligently to create conservation plans tailored to balance protection of the birds with each states’ needs.  The success of the Bi-State Plan is an encouraging sign that FWS may not need to take close to 100 million acres of land in the west offline completely in order to protect this species. IMA-NA is hopeful this development will encourage FWS to approach the listing of the Greater Sage-Grouse in a more realistic way.

Relatedly, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the “Sage-Grouse Protection and Conservation Act” (S.1036) on April 22. The legislation would allow states six years to create and implement state specific conservation plans before the Department of Interior could make its decision to list the Greater Sage-Grouse as threatened or endangered.  Representative Chris Stewart (R-UT), is expected to introduced the House companion bill by the end of the week. 

 

To read the Department of Interior’s press release click here.

To read Senator Gardner’s press release click here .

Tags:  department of interior  ESA  Greater Sage Grouse  industrial minerals industry  legislation  Regulations  sage grouse  Secretary Jewell 

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IMA-NA Participates in Women's Mining Coalition Annual Fly-In

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, April 17, 2015

The Women's Mining Coalition (WMC) kicked off their Annual Washington, DC Fly-In on Monday, April 13th.  Ariel Hill-Davis participated throughout the week in visits to various Congressional offices, as a representative for the Industrial Minerals mining community.  Over the course of the week, theWMC visited over 270 offices to meet with members of Congress and their aides on issues of importance to the mining community.  This year's top issues for WMC mirrored most of the topics IMA-NA is continuing to work on for our members.  Sage Grouse, Waters of the US (WOTUS), the American Minerals Security Act, and the impact of many of the new regulations and standards on the industrial sector; were the main topics of focus during the meetings.  The group asked members to consider supporting various pieces of legislation as well as continuing to educate themselves on the current state of the mining industry across the country.  If you have any questions about the Women's Mining Coalition or the meetings please contact Ariel.

Tags:  Congress  industrial minerals industry  legislation  minerals science  mining  policy  sage grouse  WMC  Women's Mining Coalition  wotus 

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Senator Murkowksi Introduces the American Mineral Security Act

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, April 3, 2015
Updated: Thursday, April 2, 2015

This week, Senator Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the American Mineral Security Act (S.883), a bill focused on supporting the minerals science related to critical minerals. As a member of the Minerals Science Information Coalition (MSIC), IMA-NA is supportive of measures to increase the visibility of minerals sciences and the role of the US Geological Survey (USGS) in global economy. Senator Murkowski’s bill focuses specifically on critical minerals; creating a designation methodology, assessing resources, studying market demand and impact, and developing forecasting tools.  IMA-NA would like Senator Murkowski’s bill to be a starting place for a reinvestment in the necessary work done by the National Minerals Information Center (NMIC) at USGS. Our modern lifestyle relies on the mining industry and the raw materials it provides, and yet the US government has repeatedly cut funding and support for the programs that allow for conscientious mineral development with an eye towards the future. IMA-NA hopes that starting with critical minerals will increase awareness of the importance of NMIC, particularly in the usefulness of creating forecasting tools. The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Energy Natural Resources.  The text of the bill is attached for your viewing.

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Tags:  Congress  industrial minerals industry  legislation  minerals science  Murkowski  usgs 

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USDA Study Demonstrates New Use for Kaolin

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s principal intramural scientific research agency, the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), recently released positive findings from a study conducted in conjunction with KaMin on the potential use of kaolin to combat a fatal disease for fish. The goal of the study was to find a way to combat the columnaris disease, commonly known as cottonmouth, which affects fish with deadly results.
 
When an ARS researcher contacted KaMin to get samples of kaolin  to use in a series of experiments, the company became an active participant in the study.  Under a confidentiality agreement with ARS KaMin was able to provide both expertise and several specifically tailored kaolin samples for the experiments.  Excitingly, the results of the study have been overwhelmingly positive.  ARS found that the introduction of a tailored kaolin (patent pending) prevents fish from contracting columnaris, an astounding effect considering the entire control group had a 100% mortality rate.   There are several other surprising results coming out of the new approach including enhanced growth rates.  
 
The study results are exciting both for the potential beneficial applications of kaolin for fisheries but also because it demonstrates how solutions to modern problems can be engineered from natural resources providing the ultimate in green chemistry.   KaMin’s collaborative partnership with ARS is a great example of the vitality and positive impact of the industrial minerals industry.
 
To read the USDA press release click here

Tags:  ars  business development  industrial minerals industry  KaMin  kaolin  usda 

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