August 2, 2012
In This Issue
IMA-NA Advocacy
IMA-NA Helps Launch New Building Materials Colaition
IMA-NA Voices Support for Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Jobs Creation Act
Recess
Take Advantage of Upcoming Congressional Recesses
On the Hill
Mine Safety Legislation Introduced in the Senate
Senate Committee Passes TSCA Reform Bill
House Passes Legislation that Would Streamline Permit Process
At the Agencies
MSHA Releases Midyear Mine Fatality Update
Just for Laughs!
NISA Event
Silicosis Prevention Workshop
WEBINAR: Take Five for Finger and Hand Safety, August 21, 2:00 p.m. EST.
2013 IMA-NA Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop, Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 4-6, 2013
2012 IMA-NA Annual Meeting
Other Events
Conference on the Silica Sand Resources of Minnesota and Wisconsin
BrownFlynn GRI Course Schedule Announced
Newsletter Tools
Search Past Issues
Print-Friendly Issue
Forward to a Friend
Subscribe to This Newsletter
Subscribe via RSS
• 
NISA Silicosis Prevention Workshop, the Starved Rock State Park (Illinois) Lodge and Conference Center, August 15, 2012.  Click here to register.
•  WEBINAR: Take Five for Finger and Hand Safety, August 21, 2:00 p.m. EST.  Click here to register.
•  2012 IMA-NA Annual Meeting, the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, September 12 – 14, 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.

IMA-NA Advocacy
 
IMA-NA Helps Launch New Building Materials Colaition
IMA-NA, and more than 27 leading associations representing a wide range of interests in the building and construction industry announced the formation of the American High-Performance Buildings Coalition (AHPBC).  These organizations have come together to promote and support the development of sustainable building standards, which are based on consensus and scientific performance data.  The coalition will provide critical experience and expertise to the development of green building standards, and will support performance-based building codes, standards and rating systems.  
 
Visit the new website by clicking here.
Post a CommentView Comments
Share LinkedIn Twitter Facebook
Return to Top
IMA-NA Voices Support for Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Jobs Creation Act
IMA-NA signed a multi-industry letter, in support of H.R. 4078, the Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Jobs Creation Act, that was sent to the Members of the United States House of Representatives.  This comprehensive regulatory reform legislation would streamline the time consuming permitting process, bring transparency to rules issued by agencies as a result of an out of court agreement, and prohibit agencies from issuing a cascade of regulations when a change of administrations occurs.  There were 142 organizations that signed-on to the letter.  This legislation passed in the U.S. House in late July.
 
To read the letter, click here.
Post a CommentView Comments
Share LinkedIn Twitter Facebook
Return to Top
Recess
 
Take Advantage of Upcoming Congressional Recesses
As you are now well aware with the countless ads on TV and the radio, we are in election season.  It is important for you and your facilities to take advantage of this by inviting your Members of Congress and Senate to visit while they are back in the state.  They will be back for the months of August and October in the lead-up to the elections in November.   Having the Member and their staff visit allows for them to have a better appreciation of the needs of the industry, while giving them the opportunity to directly engage with their constituents.
 
Visit the IMA-NA website for contact information for your Member of Congress and Senator and some tips on to how to best conduct a plant tour.
Post a CommentView Comments
Share LinkedIn Twitter Facebook
Return to Top
On the Hill
 
Mine Safety Legislation Introduced in the Senate
Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) has reintroduced his mine safety reform bill in a response to the reports that have come out in recent months related to the Upper Big Branch disaster from 2010.  S. 3443, the Robert C. Byrd Mine and Workplace Safety and Health Act, is very similar in scope to his legislation from the last Congressional session, which IMA-NA opposed.  It is a very comprehensive bill that attempts to revamp the entire mine safety and health system rather than taking a more targeted approach at the problem areas that have led to the underground coal mining disasters.  As you will recall, the 2010 legislation called for increasing maximum criminal penalties; changing MSHA’s Pattern of Violation criteria and process; strengthen whistleblower protections; give MSHA expanded powers and the ability to subpoena documents; provide for an independent investigation of the most serious accidents, etc.  In addition to the provisions from the 2010 legislation, the current bill includes some provisions suggested by the UMWA , MSHA and the West Virginia Governor’s Independent Investigative Panels in their reports on the UBB disaster; including: 1) Prohibiting mine operators from keeping two sets of books (addresses the fact that Massey had two sets of books at UBB and was not properly sharing information about the condition of the mine with MSHA); 2) Establishes strict penalties for unsafe ventilation changes – the legislation would penalize companies with fines up to $220,000 for flagrant violations; 3) Limits miner’s exposure to black lunch disease by requiring MSHA to issue a rule to lower exposure levels to respirable dust within 6 months, and for MSHA to revisit the issue every 5 years; 4) Improves federal and state coordination to combat safety violations; and 5) Efforts to improve mine safety technology and enhances safety training by giving miners quarterly training on the use of emergency oxygen supplies; and the installation of “black boxes” that would measure methane, oxygen, carbon monoxide and coal dust levels in coal mines.  This bill is currently being co-sponsored by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Tom Harkin (D-IA).  In addition to the MSHA provisions, it includes the same OSHA provisions that helped to doom the bill in 2010 when there was a Democratic controlled House.  It is highly unlikely that this bill in its current form would ever even come up for consideration in the Republican controlled House. 
 
To view the press release, click here.
To view the summary, click here.
To view the bill, click here.
Post a CommentView Comments
Share LinkedIn Twitter Facebook
Return to Top
Senate Committee Passes TSCA Reform Bill
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved on a party line vote, S. 847, a bill that would dramatically change the Toxic Substances Control Act.  Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) has pushed for this legislation for the last several years.  This bill would represent the first major reforms to the 1976 TSCA bill.  Because of the lack of any bipartisan support to this bill in Committee, it is highly unlikely that the legislation will make it to the Senate floor for a vote, and it would stand even less of a chance of passing the Republican controlled House.  It was somewhat of a surprise that the Committee decided to markup the legislation at this stage as there had been bipartisan negotiations ongoing between Senator Lautenberg and Republican members of the Committee the last several weeks. 
 
To view S. 847, click here.
Post a CommentView Comments
Share LinkedIn Twitter Facebook
Return to Top
House Passes Legislation that Would Streamline Permit Process
The U.S. House of Representatives voted 256-160 to pass legislation that would both streamline the permitting process and reduce lawsuits.  The National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012, H.R. 4402, was introduced by Rep.Mark Amodei (R-NV), and had the support of 22 Democrats.  The main purpose of the legislation is to require the federal government to promote the domestic production of minerals that are necessary for economic development and national security.  It will limit the time for permit reviews and legal challenges while imposing restraints on court injunctions on projects as well as attorney’s fees on environmental lawsuits.  The Senate has a bipartisan bill under consideration S. 1113 that is a bit more narrow in scope, but it is currently being held up within the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
 
To view H.R. 4402, click here.
To view the press release for H.R. 4402, click here.
To view S. 1113, click here.
Post a CommentView Comments
Share LinkedIn Twitter Facebook
Return to Top
At the Agencies
 
MSHA Releases Midyear Mine Fatality Update
MSHA released a midyear summary of mining deaths across the country. During the first half of 2012, 19 miners died in work-related accidents at the nation's mines.  Among nine metal and nonmetal mining deaths, four were attributed to powered haulage incidents, two were the result of a falling face/rib/highwall, and one each was linked to an accident involving machinery, falling material and a person falling.
 
To read the MSHA press release, click here.
Post a CommentView Comments
Share LinkedIn Twitter Facebook
Return to Top
Just for Laughs!
 


Post a CommentView Comments
Share LinkedIn Twitter Facebook
Return to Top
NISA Event
 
Silicosis Prevention Workshop
NISA will host a two-day “Silicosis Prevention Workshop.”  The workshop will be held at the Starved Rock State Park (Illinois) Lodge and Conference Center between 8:00 am on Tuesday, August 14 and 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15 2012.  A field trip to a local industrial sand operation will be held between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 14.  Please click here to view an informational flyer.  This workshop is designed for safety and health professionals responsible for implementing their company’s silicosis prevention program, and for those responsible for related program areas.  Presentations will be applicable to those involved in existing programs, or to those who are just getting started, with an emphasis on continuous improvement.  Upon completing the workshop, attendees not only will have a complete understanding of the elements contained within the NISA Occupational Health Program and Silicosis Prevention Program, but how to implement and manage such programs.  Registration for this two-day workshop and field trip is required.  The Starved Rock State Park Lodge and Conference Center is approximately 90 miles from the Chicago or Quad Cities metropolitan areas.  The workshop and field trip are limited to 100.  Workshop and field trip participation will be determined on a “first come, first served” basis.  The $150.00 registration fee covers the cost of two buffet luncheons at the workshop, breaks and field trip transportation.  Click here to register and to obtain information on making lodging reservation.
Post a CommentView Comments
Share LinkedIn Twitter Facebook
Return to Top
WEBINAR: Take Five for Finger and Hand Safety, August 21, 2:00 p.m. EST.
Hand and finger injuries are the most frequently injured body parts in the industrial minerals industry.  The analysis of thousands of injuries which have occurred among the member companies of the Industrial Minerals Association – North America (IMA-NA) reveal that approximately 20 percent of all injuries involve the fingers and hands.  Many preventative actions that can be taken to prevent finger and hand injuries are simplistic and often overlooked.  IMA-NA members will discuss their experiences in implementing finger and hand safety programs at mine sites, and provide attendees with practical information that can be applied to prevent these persistent injuries. 
 
Presenters: IMA-NA Member Safety Professionals 
 
Cost: $29/person for IMA-NA members; $59/person for non-members. 
 
This webinar will be recorded and a link to the recording and slides distributed to all registrants following the webinar.
 
Click here to register.
Post a CommentView Comments
Share LinkedIn Twitter Facebook
Return to Top
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.
Post a CommentView Comments
Share LinkedIn Twitter Facebook
Return to Top
2012 IMA-NA Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for the 2012 IMA-NA Annual Meeting.  The 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 for the meeting with IMA-NA, please click here.  The Hotel block is quickly filling up, and the Hotel reservation deadline is approaching, so please make your reservations as soon as possible.  For those of you golfing – we will be playing on the South Course at Torrey Pines, which was home to the 2008 US Open Tournament.  The fee to play will be $222.  Club rentals will be available as well for $50.  We have currently reserved 60 slots.  If you will be golfing, you will need to arrive at the hotel Tuesday night, as the tee times will begin early on Wednesday AM (before 10:00 AM PT).   We need to get the final numbers and player names to the course soon, so please respond back to IMA-NA Staff by clicking here.  For the non-golfers, we have planned a behind the scenes tour of the world famous San Diego Zoo.  The tour will depart the hotel at 9:15 AM PT on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, and will return to the hotel at approximately 3:00 PM.  You can register for this tour when you register for the meeting on our website, and you can find the entire meeting agenda there as well.  

We look forward to seeing you this September in sunny San Diego.

Post a CommentView Comments
Share LinkedIn Twitter Facebook
Return to Top
Other Events
 
Conference on the Silica Sand Resources of Minnesota and Wisconsin
Given the recent increase in silica sand mining, there is a pressing need to disseminate credible information about the mining and use of this natural resource to the public, media, government regulatory agencies, and energy and mineral resource industries.  The University of Minnesota Duluth’s Precambrian Research Center (PRC), along with the Twin Cities Chapter of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME), will be hosting a conference on Silica Sand Resources in the Upper Midwest.  The conference will take place October 1- 3, 2012 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Park, MN (just minutes from downtown Minneapolis).
 
View the press release by clicking here.
View the flier by clicking here.
Post a CommentView Comments
Share LinkedIn Twitter Facebook
Return to Top
BrownFlynn GRI Course Schedule Announced
BrownFlynn, an award-winning corporate responsibility and sustainability consulting firm (an IMA-NA member), and the first certified training partner of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in the U.S., announced their fall schedule of GRI-Certified training and education courses.  To view the schedule and register, click here.
Post a CommentView Comments
Share LinkedIn Twitter Facebook
Return to Top
Industrial Minerals Association - North America
2011 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 301
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 457-0200
Fax (202) 457-0287