December 13, 2012
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Mining Law
GAO Report on Mineral Resources and Revenue
Nano
EPA and Consumer Product Safety Commission Collaborate to Research Health Impacts of Nanomaterials
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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Mining Law
 
GAO Report on Mineral Resources and Revenue
At the request of Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), the Government Accountability Office produced a report to give a full accounting of all resources that are extracted to ensure that companies are paying their fair share of royalties.  For all natural resources in 2011, the total came to $11 Billion in revenue.  The report highlights the fact that the federal government has no real data on hardrock minerals extracted from federal lands because there are no federal royalties being paid.  Both Grijalva and Udall have long been supporters of reforming the General Mining Law of 1872 to have hardrock minerals pay federal royalty fees, and are using this report as further evidence that this reform is needed.  IMA-NA has been supportive of mining law reform if it is done in a fair manner.
 
To view the report, click here.
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Nano
 
EPA and Consumer Product Safety Commission Collaborate to Research Health Impacts of Nanomaterials
EPA Press Release
EPA and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are collaborating in a worldwide research effort to assess any potential impacts of nanomaterials on people’s health and the environment.  Nanomaterials appear in many household products ranging from clothing to building materials.  “Nanotechnology and nanomaterials used in the development of these products improve our everyday lives, but it is important that we understand how humans are exposed to nanomaterials and to assess the risks they may pose to people’s health and the environment,” said Dr. Tina Bahadori, national program director for EPA’s Chemical Safety for Sustainability Research.  EPA's collaborative research with CSPC is part of a larger international effort that focuses on 1) Identifying, characterizing and quantifying the origins of nanomaterials, 2) Studying biological processes affected by nanomaterials that could influence risk, 3) Determining how nanomaterials interact with complex systems in the human body and the environment, 4) Involving industry to develop sustainable manufacturing processes, and 5) Sharing knowledge through innovative online applications that allow for rapid feedback and accelerated research progress.  This research is a part of the U.S. government’s efforts to assess the potential risks of nanomaterials.  These efforts are coordinated by the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI).  NNI is a collaborative project comprised of 25 agencies, including EPA and CPSC. 
 
Click here to read the press release.
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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
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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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