May 9, 2012
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Leadership
New Leadership at IMA-NA and NISA
New IMA-NA Membership Benefit
New Market Exporter Initiative
IMA-NA Advocacy
IMA-NA Voices Support for the RAPID Act
At the Agencies
Letter from Main on First Quarter Fatalities
On the Hill
IMA-NA Weighs-in on OSHA Standards Process
Just for Laughs!
Nanotechnology
CRS Report; Nanotechnology: A Policy Primer
IMA-NA Events
WEBINAR: Rules to Live By III
WEBINAR: Choosing a Silica Analytical Laboratory
WEBINAR: Understanding OSHA's New HazCom Standard
2012 IMA-NA Annual Meeting Registration Now Open
2013 IMA-NA Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop, Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 4-6, 2013
Other Events
Proppants Summit
Oilfield Minerals Outlook
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•  WEBINAR: Rules to Live By III, May 10, 2012.  Click here to register.
•  WEBINAR: Choosing a Silica Analytical Laboratory, May 24, 2012.  Click here to register.
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WEBINAR: Understanding OSHA's New HazCom Standard, May 31, 2012.  Click here to register.
 
•  2013 IMA-NA Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop, Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel, Golf Club & Convention Center, March 4-6, 2013.  Registration will open soon.
•  2012 IMA-NA Annual Meeting,  the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, September 12 – 14, 2012.  Click here to register.

Leadership
 
New Leadership at IMA-NA and NISA
David Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer of Billings, MT-based Wyo-Ben, Inc., was elected Chairman of the Industrial Minerals Association - North America (IMA-NA).


(David Brown with immediate past Chairman Kevin Porterfield)
 
Wade Sjogren, president of Bridgeton, NJ-based Whibco, Inc., was elected Chairman of the National Industrial Sand Association (NISA).


(Wade Sjogren)
 
Both officers began their two-year terms at the Associations' Spring Meetings on April 26, 2012, in Washington, D.C.  The Boards, members and staffs of the trade groups congratulate David and Wade on their new positions, and thank Kevin Porterfield (Specialty Minerals), immediate IMA-NA past Chair, and Chuck Fowler (Fairmount Minerals), immediate NISA past Chair, for their service during the preceding two years.
 
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New IMA-NA Membership Benefit
 
New Market Exporter Initiative
New IMA-NA Member Benefit
In alliance with the U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, IMA-NA members can participate in the New Market Export Initiative (NEI) which is a unique public-private partnership designed to help companies increase their export markets.  All IMA-NA members are eligible.  The NEI is focused on:  1) improving trade advocacy and export promotion efforts, 2) increasing access to credit, especially for small and medium-sized businesses, 3) removing barriers to the sale of U.S. goods and services abroad, 4) robustly enforcing trade rules, and 5) pursuing policies at the global level to promote strong, sustainable, and balanced growth.  The U.S. Commercial Service provides U.S. companies unparalleled access to business opportunities around the world.  As a U.S. Government agency, they have relationships with foreign government and business leaders in every key global market.  Their trade professionals provide expertise across most major industry sectors, and every year, they help thousands of U.S. companies export goods and services worth billions of dollars.  
 
IMA-NA members can take advantage of the following services: Trade Counseling: Get the information and advice needed to succeed; Market Intelligence: Target the best trade opportunities; Business Matchmaking: Connect with the right partners and prospects; and Commercial Diplomacy: Ensure products and services have the best possible prospects for success in international markets. 
 
To learn more, and to sign-up for this service, click here.
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IMA-NA Advocacy
 
IMA-NA Voices Support for the RAPID Act
IMA-NA signed a letter of support for permit streamlining legislation called the RAPID Act, H.R. 4377.  The RAPID Act is designed to streamline the environmental permitting process in several important ways, including: 1) Coordinating responsibilities among multiple agencies involved in environmental reviews to ensure that “the trains run on time”; 2) Providing for concurrent reviews by agencies, rather than serial reviews; 3) Allowing state-level environmental reviews to be used where the state has done a competent job, thereby avoiding needless duplication of state work by federal reviewers; 4) Requiring that agencies involve themselves in the process early and comment early, avoiding eleventh-hour objections that can restart the entire review timetable; 5) Establishing a reasonable process for determining the scope of project alternatives, so that the environmental review does not become an endless quest to review infeasible alternatives; 6) Imposing reasonable fixed deadlines for completion of an EIS or EA; and 7) Reducing the statute of limitations to challenge a final EIS or EA from six years to 180 days.  The RAPID Act is modeled after existing permit streamlining provisions for transportation and stimulus projects.  These permit streamlining provisions have cut the amount of time needed to secure project approvals in half.  The RAPID Act would help projects move forward, creating millions of jobs and growing the economy.
 
To read the legislation, click here.
To read the letter, click here.
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At the Agencies
 
Letter from Main on First Quarter Fatalities
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Joseph A. Main sent a letter to the mining community discussing MSHA’s analysis of the fatalities in the industry during the first quarter of 2012.  There were 6 coal mining and 4 metal/nonmetal mining fatalities in the first three months of 2012.
 
To read the letter, click here.
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On the Hill
 
IMA-NA Weighs-in on OSHA Standards Process
IMA-NA, along with the other members of The Coalition for Workplace Safety (CWS), submitted a letter in response to a hearing held in the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions titled, “Time Takes Its Toll: Delays in OSHA’s Standard-Setting Process and the Impact on Worker Safety.”  The letter states, in part: "OSHA has been criticized as unable to proceed quickly enough to implement its regulatory priorities due to the various requirements it must satisfy to issue new standards.  The premise underlying this criticism is that this inability to issue more standards has somehow meant employees are less safe.  Yet, during this period when OSHA has issued few new standards, workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses have declined steadily to their lowest recorded levels."
 
To read the letter, click here.
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Just for Laughs!
 


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Nanotechnology
 
CRS Report; Nanotechnology: A Policy Primer

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has issued a report on nanotechnology policy.  Nanoscale science, engineering, and technology—commonly referred to collectively as nanotechnology—is believed by many to offer extraordinary economic and societal benefits.  Congress has demonstrated continuing support for nanotechnology and has directed its attention primarily to three topics that may affect the realization of this hoped for potential: federal research and development (R&D) in nanotechnology; U.S. competitiveness; and environmental, health, and safety (EHS) concerns.  The report provides an overview of these topics.

To download the report, click here.

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IMA-NA Events
 
WEBINAR: Rules to Live By III
IMA-NA has made arrangements with MSHA to offer a webinar on the latest rendition of Rules to Live By.  MSHA has launched the third phase of an outreach and enforcement program designed to strengthen efforts to prevent mining fatalities. "Rules to Live By III: Preventing Common Mining Deaths" will focus on 14 safety standards that were chosen because violations related to each have been cited as contributing to at least five mining accidents and at least five deaths during the 10-year period of Jan. 1, 2001, to Dec. 31, 2010.  "The goal of this phase of 'Rules to Live By' is to reduce numbers of deaths and injuries from the targeted standards by having mine operators identify and correct all hazardous conditions, direct MSHA enforcement toward confirming that violations related to these conditions are not present at mines, and ensure miners are better trained to recognize and avoid these particular hazards," said Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health.
 
There is no charge for this event.
 
Date: Thursday, May 10, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM- 3:30 PM ET
 
To register, click here.
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WEBINAR: Choosing a Silica Analytical Laboratory
With all of the attention being given to possible new exposure limits for respirable crystalline silica, it is important to work with a quality lab that can provide data to enhance safety programs and document  exposures for worker safety.  This webinar will guide the participants not only in how to choose a laboratory, but also in the analytical process followed to determine silica content.  The webinar will be hosted by DCM Science Laboratory, a leading provider of silica analytical services for major silica producers including Unimin Corporation, U. S. Silica, Badger Mining and Fairmont Minerals.  They analyze over 3,000 silica samples per year and have been testing silica samples since 1989.
 
Cost: 
$29/person for IMA-NA Members
$59/person for non-members.
 
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
 
To register, click here.
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WEBINAR: Understanding OSHA's New HazCom Standard
On March 26, 2012, OSHA released its long-awaited revision to the Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200).  The agency has incorporated many (but not all) of the Global Harmonization Standard (GHS) "building blocks" and this will require significant changes in product labeling, safety data sheets, evaluation of hazards, and training for all workers in OSHA-regulated workplaces. Learn what changes are in the works, how the GHS system operates, and what you need to communicate to workers in training.   MSHA will likely recognize the new GHS-oriented systems as well, so this program can be an early alert for mine operators, too.  HazCom is the third most-cited OSHA standard. Be prepared!
 
This webinar will be presented by Adele Abrams, Law Office of Adele L. Abrams.
 
Cost:
$29/person for IMA-NA Members
$59/person for non-members
 
Date: Thursday, May 31, 2012 
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET
 
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2012 IMA-NA Annual Meeting Registration Now Open

The IMA-NA Annual Meeting will be held Wednesday, September 12 – 14, 2012, in San Diego, CA.  We will be staying at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort.  To make hotel reservations at the special IMA-NA room rate of $199/night, click here, or call 1-800-815-6397.  To register with IMA-NA,  click here.

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2013 IMA-NA Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop, Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 4-6, 2013
The 2013 IMA-NA Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop will be held at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel, Golf Club & Convention Center, March 4-6, 2013.  Registration will open later in 2012.
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Other Events
 
Proppants Summit
Discount Available to IMA-NA and NISA Members
IMA-NA and NISA are proud supporters of the Proppants Summit scheduled for July 23-25, 2012, at the Denver Marriott City Center in Denver, CO.  We are excited to offer our members a special discount to attend this Summit.  There is a 15% discount available for early bird registration before June 22nd.  To receive the code for the discount, email us.
 
For more information on the event, click here.
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Oilfield Minerals Outlook
Discount for IMA-NA Members
Industrial Minerals announces the latest in its IM Roundtable series: Oilfield Minerals Outlook focusing on the sourcing, supply, processing, logistics, and consumption of industrial minerals in the oilfield market.  Whether pursuing the latest offshore plays or leading the shale gas revolution, consistent, high quality sourcing and distribution of drilling minerals are vital to successful oilfield exploration.  The event will take place at the Hilton Houston Post Oak, Houston, TX, June  20-21, 2012,
 
IMA-NA Members receive 10% off.  Just mention “IMA-NA” when registering.
 
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