March 19, 2013
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Safety
Mr. Potato Head and Finger and Hand Safety
Carmeuse Safety Alert: Gloves Prevent Injury
On the Hill
American Soda Ash Competitiveness Act Introduced
Chairman Hastings Sends Letter on Sage Grouse to DOI and F&W Services
Clean Water Act
WAC Letter on CWA Guidance
SME
SME Creates New Minerals Education Website
IMA-NA Events
2013 Spring Meeting Registration Now Open
2013 Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop Wrap-Up
Just for Laughs!
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Safety
 
Mr. Potato Head and Finger and Hand Safety
The IMA-NA Safety and Health Committee has produced a new video on finger and hand safety starring Mr. Potato Head.  Finger and hand injuries remain the most frequently injured body parts in our industry.  If your company website blocks YouTube, we are happy to provide the file.  

We extend a special thanks to Unimin Corporation for their sponsorship of this video.
 

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Carmeuse Safety Alert: Gloves Prevent Injury
IMA-NA member company Carmeuse has shared a report that highlights the importance of proper gloves in finger and hand safety.  Click here to view the one-page document, and feel free to share it with Carmeuse's permission.
 
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On the Hill
 
American Soda Ash Competitiveness Act Introduced
Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) has introduced a bipartisan bill that would provide the US Soda Ash industry temporary royalty relief.  H.R. 957, the American Soda Ash Competitiveness Act, would allow for the US industry to regain equal footing in the export market with their primary competitors from China, who are currently receiving a 9% rebate on the Value Added Tax from the Chinese government.  The bill is currently being co-sponsored by Reps. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Paul Cook (R-CA), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and James Himes (D-CT).  A similar bill last year made it out of the Natural Resources Committee on a bipartisan vote.  That same Committee will hold a hearing on March 21st to discuss the merits of this legislation prior to a markup being held later this Spring.  
 
To view the legislation, click here
To view the hearing announcement, click here.
 
 
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Chairman Hastings Sends Letter on Sage Grouse to DOI and F&W Services
House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) recently sent a letter to Interior Secretary Salazar and  US Fish and Wildlife Services Director Ashe regarding activity surrounding the potential listing of the sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act by 2015.  The Committee, acting in its role of oversight over the Department of Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, has significant concerns that the activity surrounding the sage-grouse is being driven more by litigious concerns rather than sound science and recent data, as well as the economic impact that the listing could have on the 160 million acres of impacted Western lands.  Chairman Hastings requested answers to fifteen questions he and the Committee had on recent activities by DOI and F&W Services with a March 22nd deadline.
 
To view the letter, click here.
 
 
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Clean Water Act
 
WAC Letter on CWA Guidance
The Waters Advocacy Coalition (IMA-NA is a member) submitted a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to express concern over the draft Guidance document issued by EPA to deal with Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdictional issues.  "While we share your concerns about the difficulty of making CWA jurisdictional determinations under current regulatory guidance, we do not agree that more guidance is the solution.  Indeed, many CWA stakeholders have urged the Corps and EPA to redirect their time and resources to a notice-and-comment…rulemaking to define “waters of the United States.”  Many have also requested that the agencies formally rescind the draft Guidance."
 
To read the letter, click here.
 
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SME
 
SME Creates New Minerals Education Website
SME Press Release
The Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration issued a News Release announcing a new minerals education website for the Minerals Education Coalition (MEC) (www.MineralsEducationCoalition.org).  The Minerals Education Coalition’s mission is to identify, produce and disseminate fact-based K-12 minerals education lessons and activities and to inform and educate the general public about the importance of mining in their everyday lives.
 
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IMA-NA Events
 
2013 Spring Meeting Registration Now Open
Registration is open for the IMA-NA Spring Meeting to be held May 7 – 10, 2013, in Washington, DC.  We will be staying at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill.  The room rate will be $299/night plus taxes.  Please click here to reserve your room online.  If you would like to make your reservation by phone, please call 1-888-421-1442 and refer to the Industrial Minerals Association – North America meeting to get the rate.
 
This meeting offers you a chance to visit with your Congressional Representatives on the afternoon of May 8th.  If you are interested in participating in these visits, please contact Chris Greissing on the IMA-NA staff to let him know which offices you are most interested in visiting.  Visiting with Congressional Members and their staff is a great opportunity to help directly educate them on important issues facing your companies back home.
 
There will be a full day of meetings with our sections and Committees on Thursday, May 9th.  On Friday, May 10th, there will be a breakfast featuring a presentation from the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, Joe Main, and include a question and answer period.  A meeting of the IMA-NA Board of Directors will follow this session. 
 
On May 7, from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m., IMA–NA is sponsoring a volunteer event at Miriam's Kitchen.  We will assist in the preparation of meals for the homeless.  Miriam's Kitchen is a popular volunteer activity in D.C., is located in a very safe neighborhood, and is a fun and social event for volunteers.  Space is limited.  
 
To register for this meeting and to view a draft program, click here.  
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2013 Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop Wrap-Up
The 2013 Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop held in Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 4-6, was a huge success. Over 145 attendees listened to presentations by experts in health, safety, environment and operations on a variety of subjects relevant to the industrial minerals industry.  The weather was pretty nice too!
 
You may review the presentation files by clicking on the following links:
 
 
For your reference, the program can be viewed by clicking here.
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Just for Laughs!
 


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