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New York Times Prints NISA Response to Anti-Sand Mining Op-Ed

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Last Monday the New York Times ran an op-ed piece critical of industrial sand mining in the upper Midwest, The Sand Mines That Ruin Farmland The op-ed was written by Nancy Loeb, an assistant clinical professor at Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law and expressed the opinion that sand mining is an undesirable use of the land in the Midwest. Ms. Loeb's opinion is predicated on a lack of understanding of the industry and the regulations sand producers follow to ensure socially and environmentally responsible development.

NISA President, Mark Ellis, along with the Chairman of the NISA Communications Task Force, John Ulizio and Joan Gartlan, a communications consultant NISA use during the silica litigation crisis, crafted a letter to the editor as a response. The New York Times ran NISA's letter yesterday. Crafting a NISA response presented some challenges.  Ms. Loeb's op-ed ran in excess of 900 words.  However, letters to the editor of the New York Times typically are limited to just 150-175 words.  NISA's letter ran slightly over 200 words as published. To read NISA's Letter, Sand Mining Compliance click here

In addition to NISA's distribution, we collaborated with the American Petroleum Institute (API) to disseminate the letter to the editor.  API offered to distribute the letter via its Energy from Shale Twitter account.  It also has shared it with other third parties, as well.  Ms. Loeb's op-ed is precisely the type of misinformation NISA continues to correct in the ongoing public debate over the impacts of the industry on our communities. 

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Mark Ellis Featured on Heartland Institute's Silica Podcast

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Tuesday, April 12, 2016

On the heels of OSHA's release of the finalized Rule on Respirable Crystalline Silica, IMA-NA and NISA's President, Mark Ellis sat down with Isaac Orr to offer insight on the rule for the Heartland Institute's Daily Podcast. Mark provided the historical context for OSHA's decision to update the rule, outlined how the rule has changed, and spoke to the impact on different industries.  Throughout the podcast Mark took the opportunity to speak to NISA's role as a leader in the industry through the proactive development of the Silicosis Prevention Program (SPP) and spoke to the ability to prevent silicosis without OSHA moving the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) to 50 micrograms. The Heartland Institute's podcast offered another opportunity to highlight the industrial sand industry's ongoing work to keep workers safe and healthy outside of OSHA's standard setting for crystalline silica. 

To listen to the podcast click here.

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