November 12, 2012
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Politics
2012 Election Re-Cap
Safety
"Mime" Safety
NIOSH
New NIOSH Nano Publication
EPA
TSCA Reform in the 113th Congress?
IMA-NA Events
Georgia Mining Association 2nd Annual Management Conference In Conjunction with IMA-NA
Just for Laughs!
IMA-NA Events
WEBINAR: Four More Years or a New Sheriff in Town?
Registration Now Open for the 2013 IMA-NA Technology Workshop
IMA-NA Spring Meeting
Other Events
NIOSH Safety Seminar for Underground Stone Mines
New IMA-NA Associate Member
Endecotts
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Politics
 
2012 Election Re-Cap

The 2012 election cycle started in earnest shortly after the 2010 mid-term elections were completed.  After 2 years of campaigning and billions of dollars spent, the American public essentially voted for the status quo.  Democrats were gift-wrapped two Senate seats in Indiana and Missouri by very poorly run, gaffe-filled efforts by the Republican candidates to actually increase their majority from 53 seats to 55 seats.  Meanwhile, on the House side, it appears as if the Republicans will retain a strong majority with roughly 235 seats (some races are still too close to call) down just slightly from their current majority of 240 seats.  Coupled with the President’s resounding electoral victory, we are basically right back where we started in 2010.  There will undoubtedly be some changes within the Administration in the second term.  There has already been speculation that Senator Kerry has been positioning himself for a cabinet role, most likely replacing Secretary Hillary Clinton, and more recently Attorney General Holder has indicated one term may be enough for him.  Treasury Secretary Geither and Transportation Secretary LaHood have also indicated already that they will be moving on next year.  Who fills these vacancies has the potential to have further impact down the line.  For instance, if Senator Kerry does indeed take a position in the Cabinet, it could open the door for Scott Brown to retake his Senate seat that he lost in a hard fought race in Massachusetts.  One place where things don’t appear to be changing too much is Congress.  Despite comments immediately following the election by Speaker of the House Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Reid that seemed to indicate that both sides might be willing to bend a bit on negotiations for the pending fiscal cliff; both sides are still ramping up the rhetoric, so we could be looking at more of the same in the 113th Congress.  One thing that certainly has changed will be the faces.  Between the 2010 and 2012 elections, one-third of the members serving in Congress will be in either their first or second terms.  This means that there are likely many new members representing IMA-NA mines, so it is essential that we begin to develop relationships with these new Members and get them out to your sites.  Please contact IMA staff for help in arranging those visits.  

For more election news including lists of incoming freshman representatives, please click here.

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Safety
 
"Mime" Safety
No, that is not a typo.  IMA-NA, and professional "mime" Catherine Gasta, have teamed-up to highlight the importance of finger and hand safety in the mining industry with a new 6-minute video.  Fingers and hands are the most injured body parts in our industry.  Click here to watch the video, and please share it with your employees.
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NIOSH
 
New NIOSH Nano Publication
NIOSH has released a new publication titled "Filling the Knowledge Gaps for Safe Nanotechnology in the Workplace."  NIOSH states that "Nanotechnology is a rapidly emerging material science technology that has been identified as a critical U.S. scientific and commercial enterprise with global economic benefits.  Concern over the lack of knowledge about the potential health risks associated with the handling of pure, unbound engineered nanomaterials has been expressed by investors, entrepreneurs, government agencies, and public health advocacy groups.  Such concerns create potential barriers to the growth of nanotechnology and the commercialization of products and devices that could help address serious global problems concerning energy, transportation, pollution, health, and food.  Issues that have been raised about worker health and safety must be addressed to ensure responsible development, societal benefit, and associated economic growth."
 
To download the publication, click here.
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EPA
 
TSCA Reform in the 113th Congress?

With the Democrats picking up two seats in the Senate, there has been some talk about whether or not that would give them the necessary momentum to move legislation that has long been stalled in the divided body.  One such piece of legislation, the overhaul of the 1976 Toxic Substance Control Act, has been mentioned as one of those bills.  This is especially true since its champion, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), is entering what is likely the final 2 years of his political career.  His bill, S. 847, was able to get out of Committee along a party line vote earlier this year, and would very likely be able to make it out of Committee again next year.  With a stronger majority, it is possible that the supporters of the bill might be able to get a handful of moderate Republicans to join in passing the bill if it reached the Floor.  With all that being said, the Republicans still maintain control of the House, so it is unlikely that a bill, especially Lautenberg’s version, would be able to make it through that Chamber at this stage.

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IMA-NA Events
 
Georgia Mining Association 2nd Annual Management Conference In Conjunction with IMA-NA
The Georgia Mining Association (GMA) and IMA-NA are co-sponsoring a Management Conference, January 22-24, 2013, in Savannah, Georgia.  In a time of economic uncertainty, leadership becomes more vital to the success of every organization.  It directly impacts the people side of things, and the ability to communicate effectively is paramount to gain success. Make sure to provide your staff with training that not only teaches practical concrete skills, but also helps reconnect their passion to improving outcomes.  A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Savannah, GA.  The rate is $127 for single occupancy plus tax. To reserve your room, please contact The Hyatt Regency Savannah at 1.888.421.1442 and mention that you are with GMA or click here.  The room block will be held until December 28, 2012.  After that date, room availability cannot be guaranteed.
 
Click here for more information, and to register.
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Just for Laughs!
 


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IMA-NA Events
 
WEBINAR: Four More Years or a New Sheriff in Town?
This webinar will address the aftermath of the presidential and congressional elections in terms of their  impact on mine and occupational safety and health regulations, legislation and enforcement policy.  Presenting will be Adele Abrams with the Law Office of Adele Abrams.   
 
Cost:  $29/member (per connection) 
$59/non-member (per connection) 
 
Note: This webinar will be recorded and distributed to all registrants (along with the .PPT) following the Webinar.
 
Date:
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Time:
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
 
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Registration Now Open for the 2013 IMA-NA Technology Workshop
We are excited to announce the registration has opened for the 2013 IMA-NA Technology Workshop.  The 2013 IMA-NA Technology Workshop will be held at the Marriott Fort Lauderdale Coral Springs from March 4–6, 2013.  We have arranged a special rate of $122/night (all resort fees, wireless internet services, etc… are included in that rate).  To reserve your room, call 1.800.311.8018 (and mention the Industrial Minerals Association), or click here to make reservations online.  The room rate is good for 3 days before and 3 days after the meeting as well.  Many companies in the past have taken advantage of our multiple-attendee rate discount and held company meetings after the Workshop.  We have reserved a few rooms for your companies, please let us know ASAP if you’d like to use one of those rooms.  This hotel is also on a PGA golf course.  We have retained a special rate of $75 for greens fees and $50 for rentals.  If you are a golfer and would like to play, please take advantage of those special rates when making your tee times – just mention our conference. We will release an agenda with speakers shortly, but it is sure to include the latest in techniques companies are using to keep their employees safe, as well as the latest innovations on the operations and engineering side to help keep your plant running smoothly.  Please note we will be having a facility tour on Monday, March 4th, and the location will be announced soon.
 
To register, click here.
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IMA-NA Spring Meeting
Save the Dates
Mark your calendars for the IMA-NA Spring Meeting which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, May 8-10, 2013.  Registration will open soon.
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Other Events
 
NIOSH Safety Seminar for Underground Stone Mines
The 17th Annual Underground Stone Safety Seminar, December 4-5, 2012, in Louisville, KY, will include presentations on ground control and improved lighting for use in rib and roof examinations.  The Early Bird Workshop on Tuesday, December 4, will address the subject of bolting and scoping in underground limestone mines. The afternoon session features hand and finger safety workshop presented by members of the IMA-NA.
 
Click here to register.
 
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New IMA-NA Associate Member
 
Endecotts
Endecotts is the world's leading manufacturer of quality laboratory test sieves, sieve shakers, and related laboratory equipment.  Endecotts sieves are supplied in a complete range of international standard aperture sizes to ASTM E-11, ISO 3310 and many other specifications. Every Test Sieve is supplied with a Certificate of Conformity.  Endecotts offer much more than a range of high quality test sieves.  The company’s expertise in sample analysis has enabled them to develop a wide range of shakers suitable for all types of sieving and samples-shakers designed to produce the optimum sieving action for fast reproducible results. 
 
Contact:
Tim Conwell
Vice President
Endecotts Inc
616 E Devonhurst Lane
Ponte Vedra Fl, 32081
1.877.SIEVES2
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