November 22, 2013
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Safety
Join the IMA-NA Safety & Health Committee LinkedIn Group
IMA-­‐NA CASE STUDY #2: Active Minerals Stays Clear of a Rail Hazard by Using a Brake Stick
Sentinels of Safety Awards
On the Hill
Tax Reform Draft Legislation Released in the Senate
IMA-NA Advocacy
Comments on EPA's Draft Connectivity Report
Silica
Regulatory Brief on Silica NPRM
At the Agencies
OSHA Injury and Illness Data Reports to Go Public
IMA-NA Events
WEBINAR: California’s New Consumer Products Regulations – What You Need To Know
Georgia Mining Association 3rd Annual Management Conference, In Conjunction with IMA-NA
2014 Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop
2014 Spring Meeting
2014 Webinar Packages Available
Just for Laughs!
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Safety
 
Join the IMA-NA Safety & Health Committee LinkedIn Group
The IMA-NA Safety & Health Committee now has a LinkedIn group.  Committee members may share information and receive updates from other members.  Click here to request membership in the group.  This is a closed group and you must be a member of the Safety & Health Committee to join the group.

 
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IMA-­‐NA CASE STUDY #2: Active Minerals Stays Clear of a Rail Hazard by Using a Brake Stick
Learn how Active Minerals successfully abated a common hazard the industrial minerals industry faces while working on rail cars.  Click here to read the details of IMA-NA Case Study #2.
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Sentinels of Safety Awards
IMA-NA congratulates the winners of the annual Sentinels of Safety Awards (sponsored by the National Mining Association) that were recently presented to the nation's safest mines with a minimum of 4,000 injury-free hours.  The awards were initiated in 1925 by then-Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover and remain the nation's most prestigious awards recognizing mining safety.
 
Several IMA-NA member companies, listed below, were among the honorees:
 
Schoolhouse Quartz Plant
Unimin Corp.
 
Hi-Crush Wyeville Mine
Hi-Crush Wyeville LLC
 
Voca Pit & Plant
Premier Silica LLC
 
Longview Operation
Carmeuse Lime & Stone Inc.
 
Unimin-Dividing Creek Plant
Unimin Corp.
 
Santa Rita Plant
Imerys Marble Inc.
 
Plattsburg Quarries
Graymont Materials (NY) Inc.
 
Graymont (PA) Inc. Pleasant Gap
Graymont (PA) Inc.
 
Anderson Mine and Mill
Lhoist N. America of Tenn. Inc.
 
BPM Lovell Mine
Bentonite Performance Minerals, LLC
 
For details on the winners, click here.
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On the Hill
 
Tax Reform Draft Legislation Released in the Senate

Earlier this week, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) released his long awaited draft tax reform legislation.  This is the first version of the tax legislation that has been released to the public.  Chairman Baucus counterpart in the House, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) will not be releasing his version until at least January.  Of important note in this discussion draft, Chairman Baucus is suggesting the removal of the Percentage Depletion Allowance and will only allow for Cost Depletion moving forward. This has been a popular target among Democrats in recent years as they've attempted to go after oil and gas companies that are also permitted to use that provision under current law.  Pages 50-61 of the JCT Technical Explanation of the Chairman's Staff Discussion Draft on Cost Recovery and Accounting go into significant detail on the Percentage Depletion issue.  IMA-NA staff continues to participate in a broad coalition of impacted parties that currently consists of about 20 other trade groups, and will continue to fight for the percentage depletion to be retained in any tax reform legislation package that might move forward this session of Congress.  

To view the Discussion Draft, click here.

To view the one pager, click here.

To view the draft on cost recovery and accounting summary, click here.

To view the JCT Technical Explanation of the Chairman's Staff Discussion Draft on Cost Recovery and Accounting, click here.

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IMA-NA Advocacy
 
Comments on EPA's Draft Connectivity Report
The Water Advocacy Coalition (WAC) - IMA-NA is a member - filed comments on EPA's Draft Report: Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence.  To read the comments, click here.
 
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Silica
 
Regulatory Brief on Silica NPRM
Provided by the Law Offices of Adele Abrams
On September 12, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its long-awaited proposed standard on respirable crystalline silica.  The proposed rule would lower to the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air  (µg/m3), which is 50% of the current PEL and consistent with the NIOSH REL.  The agency also proposed an action level of 25 µg/m3.
 
Click here to read the entire brief.
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At the Agencies
 
OSHA Injury and Illness Data Reports to Go Public
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed a new rule which would require more frequent reporting of injury and illness data, and would make that data publicly available through the web on a company-by-company basis.  In OSHA’s press release, Administrator Dr. Michaels stated “With the changes being proposed in this rule, employers, employees, the government and researchers will have better access to data that will encourage earlier abatement of hazards and result in improved programs to reduce workplace hazards and prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities. The proposal does not add any new requirement to keep records; it only modifies an employer's obligation to transmit these records to OSHA."  Industry push-back is expected.  There will be a public meeting about the rule on January 9, 2014 and comments are due on February 6, 2014. 
 
To view the press release, click here.
 
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IMA-NA Events
 
WEBINAR: California’s New Consumer Products Regulations – What You Need To Know
Plan to attend an important webinar on California’s Safer Consumer Products regulations.  These new regulations went into effect on October 1, 2013.  Compliance obligations for chemical and product companies will begin in the next few months and accelerate after April 1, 2014.  The purpose of this webinar is to help you understand the new regulations and what will be expected of your company.  The webinar will be conducted by an expert on these regulations, Maureen Gorsen, who is based in Sacramento at Alston & Bird LLP.   Maureen is the former Director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the agency tasked with implementing the new regulations.  This webinar will discuss the major implementation steps and answer some key questions, such as: 1) Are the chemicals or products your company makes subject to the regulations? 2) Will your company need to change how it manufactures its products to comply with the regulations? 3) What is an "alternatives analysis" and will your company need to perform one for its products? 4) Are your company's trade secrets at risk due to the regulations? 5) What can your company do now to prepare for full implementation of the regulatory program?  This webinar will provide you with in-depth analysis of key areas of this complex regulation as well as what you will need to look out for.
 
Date: December 12, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM ET
 
$29/person for IMA-NA members 
$59/person for non-members 
 
Click here to register.
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Georgia Mining Association 3rd Annual Management Conference, In Conjunction with IMA-NA
Save the Dates: February 26-27, 2014 in Forsyth, GA
Leaders and management of the mining industry and associated companies: Come join us on a journey of Professional Leadership Training that you won’t want to miss! Come gain key tips and techniques that will assist you in your leadership journey!  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.
 
Click here for more information.
 
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2014 Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop
Call for Abstracts/Registration
The 2014 Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop will be held in Hilton Head, SC at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa.
 
Click here to view the program.
 
Registration is now open, and you may also make your hotel reservations by calling Marriott Reservations at 1-888-511-5086.  Be sure to mention the IMA-NA meeting to obtain the room block rate of $130/night.  
 
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2014 Spring Meeting
Save the Date
Registration for the IMA-NA 2014 Spring meeting is now open.  Click here.


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2014 Webinar Packages Available
The Industrial Minerals Association - North America will once again be offering a series of Webinars throughout 2014.  In the past we have offered the ability to pre-pay for all of the webinars at a discounted rate rather than receiving an individual invoice for each webinar.  This has been a popular option for a number of our members in the past, so we will be giving you this option again for 2014.  We will be offering (at least) 12 webinars in 2014.  In 2013 we will have presented 15.  The first webinar for 2014 will be presented by Adele Abrams on OSHA's Crystalline Silica Rulemaking on January 23, 2014 at 2:00 PM.  
 
We are maintaining the same cost structure as previous years - $29/per person for IMA members and $59/per person for non-members if you buy the webinars on an individual basis.
 
We are also maintaining cost structure of the packages:
 
Unlimited Package - $3500.  This option will provide your company the ability to register as many employees as you would like for each webinar as well as a recorded copy emailed to each registrant.
 
15 or less - $2800. This option will provide your company the ability to register up to 15 employees per webinar as well as a recorded copy emailed to each registrant.
 
7 or less - $1500.  This option will provide your company the ability to register up to 7 employees per webinar as well as a recorded copy emailed to each registrant.
 
3 or less - $900.  This option will provide your company the ability to register up to 3 employees per webinar as well as a recorded copy emailed to each registrant.  
 
Please email IMA-NA staff (chrisgreissing@ima-na.org) if you are interested in purchasing one of these packages.
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