April 25, 2013
In This Issue
IMA-NA Online
IMA-NA Has a New Website!
IMA-NA's New Facebook Page
On the Hill
American Soda Ash Competitiveness Act Hearing
IMA-NA Weighs-In on Sue and Settle
Regulatory Issue Briefs
What is Critical Habitat and Why Does it Matter?
Chemical Data Reporting Rule
MSHA
Department of Labor Office of Inspector General Audit Report on MSHA
IMA-NA Events
WEBINAR: Learn to Influence Congress
SOMA to Sponsor Charity Event at the Spring Meeting
2013 Spring Meeting Registration Now Open
Just for Laughs!
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IMA-NA Online
 
IMA-NA Has a New Website!
IMA-NA is pleased to announce that we have a new website.  If you are a member of IMA-NA, you are able to log-into the site and update your profile.  If you have not received your log-in credentials, please let us know by clicking here.
 
The site has a number of new features for IMA-NA members.  You can search the Membership Directory to contact other members, read IMA-NA Advocacy Positions, learn about Special Initiatives and Events, visit the Groups to which you belong and join other Groups, read the latest news, and shop in the IMA-NA Store.  We hope you enjoy the new website, and let us know if you have any suggestions.
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IMA-NA's New Facebook Page
IMA-NA's Facebook page is a great way to stay up-to-date on the latest activities at the Association and in the industry.  Visit our Facebook page by clicking here.  And be sure to become a fan by clicking the "Like" button.
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On the Hill
 
American Soda Ash Competitiveness Act Hearing
The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on a number of mining related bills, including H.R. 957, the American Soda Ash Competitiveness Act.  Testifying on behalf of the Soda Ash industry was Mike Hohn, the General Manager of Soda Ash at OCI.  Mike did a great job in laying out the reasons Congress needed to take action on lowering the royalty the industry is currently paying.  He explained that the bill was needed in order for the industry to remain competitive in the export market.  Once again, there was no opposition from either side of the aisle to the bill in the Committee, which was not surprising as it was one of the few bills that had bi-partisan support in Committee last year.  The next step for the legislation will be a markup in Committee in the coming weeks before hopefully reaching the House floor.
 
To view Mike Hohn’s testimony, click here.
To view H.R. 957, click here.
 
 
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IMA-NA Weighs-In on Sue and Settle
IMA-NA, along with other industry groups, has sent a letter to the House and the Senate Committees on the Judiciary to voice support for the “Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2013.”  The bill would take important steps to stop the abusive practice known as “sue and settle.”  Organizations sue federal agencies to compel agencies to take specific actions, such as issuing new regulations.  Behind closed doors, these organizations and agencies then enter into consent decrees and settlement agreements compelling the agencies to issue rules.  The public and those regulated entities most affected by these rules are often not aware of these lawsuits and, even when they are, have an extremely difficult time when trying to intervene in the cases.  Their only recourse is after the settlement has been agreed to by the agency—in essence, after the damage has been done.
 
To read the letter, click here.
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Regulatory Issue Briefs
 
What is Critical Habitat and Why Does it Matter?
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is a far-reaching wildlife protection statute.  It is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Department of the Interior and NOAA’s Fisheries Service in the Department of Commerce (collectively, the Service).  Many people are aware of the provisions of Section 9 of the ESA, which prohibit the unauthorized "take” (harming, killing, or harassing) of species that are listed as threatened or endangered under the statute.  This take prohibition applies irrespective of land ownership and regardless of whether there is federal involvement with the proposed action.  However, fewer people may be aware of the process for and impact of the Service’s designation of an area as "critical habitat” for a listed species.  
 
Click here to read the new Regulatory Issue Brief provided by Holland and Hart.
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Chemical Data Reporting Rule
On August 16, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA”) published an amendment to the TSCA Inventory Update Reporting Rule.  The amended rule became effective on September 15, 2011.  The amendment, among things, renamed the regulation the Chemical Data Reporting Rule ("CDR”).  The amendment applies to the reports due in 2012 and subsequent years.  The CDR changes several significant criteria for reporting in the post-2012 period.
 
Click here to read the Regulatory Issue Brief provided by Holland and Hart.
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MSHA
 
Department of Labor Office of Inspector General Audit Report on MSHA
At the request of House Education and Workforce Chairman John Kline, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an audit to assess MSHA's progress in implementing the recommendations in the Internal Review report and an independent external report of the agency's actions at the Upper Big Branch mine.  Those reports contained 100 recommendations on ways the agency could improve in order to better protect the nation's miners moving forward.  The OIG audit sought to answer 3 basic questions – 1) What methodology did MSHA use to prioritize the recommendations for implementation?  2) Can MSHA document the recommendations reported as completed?  3) Is MSHA on track to meet its milestones for implementation of recommendations?   The audit tested 38 of the 100 recommendations of the Internal Report and asked MSHA of their plans to implement the recommendations from the independent panel.  
 
Overall, MSHA is making what the report deemed to be significant progress in reforming its operations, but the report did indicate that they recommended MSHA do more to ensure that problems are being corrected.  Particularly, the OIG recommended that MSHA build a process into its Internal Review framework to rank and prioritize recommendations; and to continue work on those recommendations that do not currently have anticipated due dates to ensure that they are being diligently pursued.
 
To view the document, click here.
 
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IMA-NA Events
 
WEBINAR: Learn to Influence Congress
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LNE Group, a federal advocacy, grant pursuit and public communications firm and IMA-NA associate member, will lead a webinar on developing meaningful relationships with Members of Congress, Senators and their staff.  Topics covered in the webinar will include: 

-Reasons Why You Want to Know Your Member of Congress and Senator 
-Arranging and Executing a Site Visit 
-Arranging and Executing a DC Visit 
-Long-Term Relationship Maintenance 
-Leveraging Your Congressional Relationships for Company Gain 
 
Presenter:  Lee C. Weingart, President, LNE Group 
 
The webinar will include strategies, practical advice, as well as real-life case studies (client names held confidential).  LNE Group professionals will be available to answer questions.  More information on LNE Group may be found at www.LNEGroup.com
 
Cost: $29 for IMA-NA Members (per person) 
$59 per person for non-members 

Reserve your Webinar Seat Now at:
 
Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
 
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SOMA to Sponsor Charity Event at the Spring Meeting
IMA-NA thanks associate member Sandler Occupational Medicine Associates (SOMA) for sponsoring the upcoming volunteer event at DC's Miriam's Kitchen.  The event, as part of IMA-NA's Sustainable Development initiative, has a dozen IMA-NA member companies preparing meals for the homeless just before the 2013 Spring Meeting.  Be sure to thank SOMA for their kind support!
 
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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. 
 
To register for this meeting and to view a draft program, click here.  
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Just for Laughs!
 


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