December 7, 2012
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Miner's Day
Statement by US Secretary of Labor Solis on National Miners Day
On the Hill
Republicans Announce House Chairman Positions and Leadership Roles
ESA
Groups Challenge Uranium Mine Project in Wyoming Based on Sage Grouse Protections
NIOSH
New OMSHR Website
IMA-NA Events
WEBINAR: How Life Cycle Assessment Can Benefit IMA Members
WEBINAR: Up in the Air: What the Election Means for EPA Air Regulation Over the Next Four Years
Georgia Mining Association 2nd Annual Management Conference In Conjunction with IMA-NA
2013 IMA-NA Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop
IMA-NA Spring Meeting
Just for Laughs!
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Miner's Day
 
Statement by US Secretary of Labor Solis on National Miners Day
DOL Press Release
Yesterday, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement to commemorate National Miners Day: Today, we honor America's miners who made the ultimate sacrifice and pay tribute to all of the men and women who make their living in this most noble profession.  In 1907, the worst industrial accident took place in American history when 362 miners perished in the tragic Monongah disaster in West Virginia.  A century later, Congress created National Miners Day to honor them and the memories of every miner who ever lost a life on the job.  We've made enormous strides in protecting the health and welfare of our miners over the generations.  But the tragic explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in 2010 that killed 29 miners is a sober reminder that there is more work to be done, and we cannot rest until every mining company is in full compliance with industry health and safety laws.  At the Labor Department, we honor our miners every day by making sure they have a safe place to work.  No workers should have to sacrifice their lives for their livelihoods, and the Mine Safety and Health Administration has made great progress in creating safer workplaces for miners across this country.  On National Miners Day, I pledge to continue to vigorously enforce the laws that protect miners' rights and to speak out about safety concerns that affect the workers who toil in our nation's mines.  America's mining families deserve our appreciation and our support.
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On the Hill
 
Republicans Announce House Chairman Positions and Leadership Roles
The Republican Steering Committee met recently and determined the leadership roles for most of the Committees as well as the Party’s overall leadership structure in the House.  The top three positions in the House will remain unchanged with John Boehner (R-OH) retaining the position as Speaker; Eric Cantor (R-VA) will remain Majority Leader and Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) will remain Majority Whip.  Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) will be the Conference Chair and Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) the Vice Chair.  The only Committees that have not had a Chairman announced yet are the Ethics and Administration Committees.  Here is the list of Committee Chairman for the upcoming 113th Congress:
 
HOUSE COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN FOR THE 113TH CONGRESS
 
- Administration – Candice Miller (R-MI)
- Agriculture – Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK)
- Appropriations – Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY)
- Armed Services – Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA)
- Budget – Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
- Education and the Workforce – Rep. John Kline (R-MN)
- Energy and Commerce – Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)
- Financial Services – Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX)
- Foreign Affairs – Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA)
- Homeland Security – Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX)
- Intelligence – Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI)
- Judiciary – Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
- Natural Resources – Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA)
- Oversight and Government Reform – Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)
- Rules – Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX)
- Science, Space, and Technology – Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)
- Small Business – Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO)
- Transportation and Infrastructure – Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA)
- Veterans’ Affairs – Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL)
- Ways and Means – Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI)
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ESA
 
Groups Challenge Uranium Mine Project in Wyoming Based on Sage Grouse Protections
In a key case involving sage grouse protections, the state of Wyoming has intervened in federal litigation brought by groups challenging a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) decision to approve a uranium mining project by Ur-Energy Inc. in the Lost Creek area of Sweetwater County, WY.  The groups, Biodiversity Conservation Alliance and the Western Mining Action Project, are challenging the approval based on their belief that sage grouse habitats would be jeopardized by the amount of wells and road construction being permitted in the area.   Governor Mead has indicated that the State believes that the mining company has done everything necessary in their planning to mitigate the impacts to sage grouse, and is encouraging the court to allow the project to proceed as it has been approved.  A preliminary injunction motion is pending against the project in the U.S. District Court in Wyoming.
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NIOSH
 
New OMSHR Website
Have you visited the new Office of Mine Safety and Health Research’s (OMSHR) website which recently launched?  With an extensive online library of past research documents, this vast source of safety and health information has been vital to research efforts across our country.  The new mining website focuses on bringing web users the latest in mine safety and health research, topical information concerning safety and health, videos detailing their research projects, and feature stories on some of their current innovations. 
 
Click here to view the site.
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IMA-NA Events
 
WEBINAR: How Life Cycle Assessment Can Benefit IMA Members
Consumer demand for "green" products and supply chain transparency is growing.  Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a tool that organizations are using to quantify the environmental impacts of their product and identify opportunities for improving their operations.  The results of an LCA can help satisfy sustainable supply chain requirements, provide a benchmark to improve operations going forward, and create B-to-B and B-to-C marketing opportunities.  Please join this webinar to learn how an industry-wide LCA can benefit the members of IMA-NA.  This Webinar will be presented by Sustainable Solutions Corporation.  
 
Cost: $29/member (per person) 
$59/non-member (per person) 
 
Date: Friday, December 14, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
 
To register, click here.
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WEBINAR: Up in the Air: What the Election Means for EPA Air Regulation Over the Next Four Years
This webinar will provide an overview of air regulations pending or planned during President Obama’s second term, including National Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter and ozone, controls for hazardous air pollutants, and regulation of greenhouse gases, and a discussion of how these regulations will affect mining and mineral processing operations.  The webinar will be presented by Holland and Hart's Emily C. Schilling
 
Cost: $29/member (per person) 
$59/non-member (per person) 
 
Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
 
To register, click here.
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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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2013 IMA-NA Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop
Open to IMA-NA Members and Nonmembers
The 2013 IMA-NA Technology Workshop will be held at the Marriott Fort Lauderdale Coral Springs from March 4–6, 2013.  We are in the process of lining up a number of great topics and speakers on issues facing the industrial minerals industry in safety, health, environment, operations and engineering.  

Some of the topics to be included this year include:
 
-An update on the Crystalline Silica Rulemaking Process from a regulatory and litigation view:
-Improving safety by better understanding work cultures
-Designing and implementing an exposure assessment program aimed at assessing potential bias in historical exposure data
-A practical guide to reducing manual material handling injuries
-An introduction to low velocity dust control systems
-The latest in fluid bed dryer technology
-The latest in rotary dryer technology. 
 
On Wednesday we will also have a series of presentations during a plenary session, including:

-New Technology Redefines “As Low As Reasonably Achievable”: When the aims of health and safety merge with technology, everyone wins
-Applying NIOSH Dust Modeling Math to a Crusher Control Room Air Conditioning and Filtration System Design
-Key Components for an Effective Filtration and Pressurization System for Mobile Mining Equipment
Overview of Diesel Particulate Research Related to Metal and Nonmetal Mining/Controlling Silica Exposures in Control Rooms and Operator Compartments
 
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 a reservation online.  The room rate is good for 3 days before and 3 days after the meeting.  
 
In the past, many companies have taken advantage of our multiple-attendee rate discount and held company meetings after the Workshop.  We have reserved a few rooms for this, so please let us know as soon as possible if you’d like to hold a meeting.  
 
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 the Workshop. 
 

To register for the Workshop, 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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Just for Laughs!
 


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