June 5, 2014
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IMA-NA Value
2013 IMA-NA Value Book
New Map of IMA-NA Mine Locations
Safety
New MSHA/IMA-NA Alliance Hard Hat Sticker
IMA-NA Advocacy
IMA-NA Voices Opposition to a Reduced Calcium Silicate TLV
IMA-NA Advocates for Career and Technical Education
IMA-NA Advocacy on New Stationary Sources
On the Hill
Legislative Activity on Sage Grouse
At the Agencies
EPA Proposes First Guidelines to Cut Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants
MSHA Steps Up Mine Fatality Prevention Efforts
The National Ombudsman
IMA-NA Events
WEBINAR: Improving Rotary Dryer Mechanical Performance via Thrust Monitors
WEBINAR: Engineering for Silica Exposure Control: Practical Advice from Industry Colleagues
Registration for the 2014 Annual Meeting is Now Open
2015 IMA-NA Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop
In Remembrance
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IMA-NA Value
 
2013 IMA-NA Value Book
IMA-NA is pleased to present the 2013 Value Book: Solid Value for a Solid Industry.  The book reviews the accomplishments achieved as well as significant activities conducted during 2013 by IMA-NA and its members.  It includes short summaries of the Association's initiatives in a variety of core areas such as safety & health, government relations, transportation, sustainable development  and operations & engineering.  It also looks back at the activities of the standing committees, along with the undertakings of the National Industrial Sand Association and the International Diatomite Producers Association.
 
To view the Value Book online, click here.  
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New Map of IMA-NA Mine Locations
IMA-NA has developed a new map of mine locations represented by the Association.  Each dot below represents a zip code in which an IMA-NA member has one or more mine locations.  In total, IMA-NA represents just over 350 mines.  The top ten states with IMA-NA mine sites and their associated percentage of the total are Georgia (9.7%), Pennsylvania (8.2%), Virginia (6.6%), New York (6.3%), Texas (6.3%), Tennessee (5.7%), Wisconsin (4.8%), Nevada (4.6%), Wyoming (4.6%), and North Carolina (4.3%).
 

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Safety
 
New MSHA/IMA-NA Alliance Hard Hat Sticker
The MSHA/IMA-NA Alliance has produced a hard hat sticker on hand safety. It will be distributed by MSHA throughout the mining community.  This is the latest safety product resulting from our public-private partnership.
 

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IMA-NA Advocacy
 
IMA-NA Voices Opposition to a Reduced Calcium Silicate TLV
IMA-NA has previously filed comments regarding the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists’ (ACGIH) Threshold Limit Value (TLV) for calcium silicate, naturally occurring as wollastonite.  IMA-NA has now filed additional comments that build upon the established comment base.  As IMA-NA has advocated in the past, and continues to maintain, there are no new data and no scientifically justifiable reasons to support reduced TLVs for calcium silicate.  Consequently, the current TLVs for calcium silicate should be maintained, the Notice of Intended Change (NIC) should not move forward as a revised TLV, and wollastonite should not be considered for the Under Study list going forward.
 
To read the recent comments, click here.
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IMA-NA Advocates for Career and Technical Education
On May 21, IMA-NA joined with more than 200 other businesses, trade associations, and other industry organizations in sending a letter of support for the Reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins) to Congress.  The Perkins Act provides access to federal dollars to offset the cost of career and technical education (CTE) for students entering secondary and postsecondary educational programs. Reauthorization of the Perkins Act is important to the continued development of a workforce capable of meeting the demands of our economy.  The letter both highlighted the significance of legislation, such as the Perkins Act, focused on closing the skills gap and suggested updates to ensure reauthorization is in line with the changing times.  The suggestions included: aligning CTE programs to the needs of the labor market, supporting increased collaboration between educational institution and employers, and promoting the adoption of industry-recognized credentials. In addition to the move to reauthorize the Perkins Act, on May 30th Representative Kurt Schrader (OR-5) introduced the Building Understanding, Investment, Learning, and Direction (BUILD) Act to support CTE programs for middle and high school students.  The increased focus on CTE programs is a promising indicator of our commitment to adapting our education programs to provide students with careers and employers with a qualified workforce.  The letter can be viewed here in its entirety.
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IMA-NA Advocacy on New Stationary Sources

The Partnership for a Better Energy Future (IMA-NA is a member) filed comments on the Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units.  “Beginning with this proposed rule, the EPA is embarking on a suite of new regulations designed to address greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources. This agenda extends far beyond the power sector. Partnership member organizations will likely be impacted twice-both as electricity customers and also as industries “next in line” for follow-on rules that EPA has committed to pursuing. In addition to regulations on existing power plants, EPA’s current budget request to Congress notes the agency will begin considering new GHG regulations on six sectors later this year: refineries, pulp and paper, landfills, iron and steel production, livestock operations, and cement manufacturing”.

To read the letter, click here.

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On the Hill
 
Legislative Activity on Sage Grouse
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must decide by this fall whether or not to list the Gunnison grouse, which has its habitat in Colorado and southeastern Utah, as an endangered species and make the same assessment for the greater sage grouse, which has its habitat across 11 Western states, by September 2015.  With those court imposed deadlines fast approaching, Congress has come to life introducing bills in both the House and Senate that seek to delay or find alternatives to listing the birds altogether. 
 
Congressman Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with 10 colleagues in the House, have introduced H.R. 4716, The Sage Grouse Protection and Conservation Act.  There is a companion bill in the Senate, S. 2394, which has been introduced by Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) and 6 co-sponsors.  These bills would give states two years to submit a 10-year sage grouse conservation plan.  Within a month of receiving a plan, the Fish and Wildlife Service would be required to halt for a decade any listing decisions or critical habitat designations, as well as any land use planning efforts.
 
Another bill, H.R. 4419, the Sage-Grouse and Endangered Species Conservation and Protection Act, has been introduced in the House by Congressman Mark Amodei (R-NV).  This legislation approaches the issue differently in that it would promote the sale of federal lands.  The profits of those sales would be used to fund habitat improvements for endangered species such as plant restoration, invasive species control and fire suppression.  The legislation would also require disclosure of the cost of endangered species listings, extend the timeline for decisions and compensate landowners for any taking of property via designation of critical habitat.  It also would give the Fish and Wildlife Service more time to respond to an endangered species listing petition (up to 5 years from the current 90 days). 
 
Click here to view H.R. 716, S. 2394, and H.R. 4419.
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At the Agencies
 
EPA Proposes First Guidelines to Cut Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants
EPA Press Release
EPA Press Release

“At the direction of President Obama and after an unprecedented outreach effort, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Clean Power Plan proposal, which for the first time cuts carbon pollution from existing power plants, the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States.  The proposal will protect public health, move the United States toward a cleaner environment and fight climate change while supplying Americans with reliable and affordable power,” according to EPA.  
 
To read the EPA press release, click here.
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MSHA Steps Up Mine Fatality Prevention Efforts
MSHA Press Release
“In the wake of two mine stakeholder safety summits held in less than four weeks, the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration announced today it is stepping up efforts even further to counteract the recent spike in mining deaths.  Enforcement personnel from MSHA's coal and metal and nonmetal programs (along with field staff from the agency's Educational Policy and Development division) will visit mines across the country to conduct safety "walk and talks" with miners and mine operators to increase their awareness of recent fatalities and encourage them to apply their safety training and remain vigilant for unsafe conditions. Discussion topics will include: task training, mine examinations, causes of mining fatalities and best practices to prevent mine accidents.  Inspectors will continue to look for the types of conditions that led to recent mining deaths and exercise their enforcement authority.”
 
To read the press release, click here.
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The National Ombudsman
SBA Notice
The Office of the National Ombudsman assists small businesses facing unfair or excessive federal regulatory compliance or enforcement issues such as repetitive audits or investigations, excessive fines, and retaliation.  As an impartial liaison, the Office of the National Ombudsman directs reported regulatory fairness matters to the appropriate federal agency for high-level fairness review and works across government to address those concerns, reduce regulatory burdens, and help small businesses succeed.  Congress established the Office of the National Ombudsman in 1996 as part of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA). The Act ensures that businesses, small government entities, and small nonprofit organizations have a means to comment if they experience unfair regulatory enforcement actions by federal agencies.
 
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IMA-NA Events
 
WEBINAR: Improving Rotary Dryer Mechanical Performance via Thrust Monitors
Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
 
Join us for a webinar on the use of Thrust Monitors to improve the mechanical performance and streamline the maintenance of rotary dryers. Walter Gebhart, Vice President of Philips Kiln Services Ltd., will discuss the functionality of Thrust Monitors, which are permanently installed systems for continuous monitoring of support roller bearing axial loads.  By monitoring the alignment of the rollers and providing on-going real time axial load feedback the Thrust Monitor system can minimize roller and tire surface wear, while maximizing roller support bearing life. Mr. Gebhart will speak on the benefit to rotary dryer upkeep and life span as well as answer member questions on the topic. 
 
Click here to register.
 
Cost: 
$39/person for IMA-NA Members 
$69/person for non-members 
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WEBINAR: Engineering for Silica Exposure Control: Practical Advice from Industry Colleagues
Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
 
Join us for a webinar that will highlight practical and cost-effect engineering controls for controlling silica exposures in the industrial minerals industry.  Experts from Badger Mining Corporation, Fairmount Minerals and Unimin Corporation will discuss their decades of experience in successfully designing and installing effective controls.  The NIOSH/IMA-NA publication Dust Control Handbook for Industrial Minerals Mining and Processing (download a copy here: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/mining/works/coversheet1765.html) will be used as a text for this webinar.  Our experts will also share stories from their more challenging projects. 
 
Cost:
$29 - IMA-NA Members/per person
$59 - non members
 
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Registration for the 2014 Annual Meeting is Now Open

Registration is now open for the IMA-NA 2014 Annual Meeting.  The meeting will be held in Jackson Hole, WY at the Jackson Lake Lodge on September 8-11, 2014.  The meeting will kick off with a day of service on the afternoon of September 8 in conjunction with the National Park Service.  We will then have a full day of activities on Tuesday, September 9th, with Fly-Fishing and the Associate Member Golf Tournament.  Space is limited for the Fly-Fishing outing, so please register for that ASAP.   We will conclude Tuesday, September 9th with our opening reception overlooking the Grand Teton National Park.  On Wednesday, September 10th, we will have a full day of business meetings and a dinner that evening.  On Thursday, September 11th, we will have a breakfast and speaker followed by the Board of Directors meeting, which should conclude by noon.  

We have a special group rate of $268 at the Jackson Lake Lodge, which is available from Friday, September 5th – Sunday, September 14th in case you would like to extend your stay on either side of the meeting.  To make your reservations please call 1-800-628-9988, and be sure to let the hotel know you are with the “Industrial Minerals Association Annual Meeting” to get the discounted rate.

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2015 IMA-NA Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop
Save the Dates
Save the dates for 3/9/2015 » 3/11/2015 for the 2015 IMA-NA Technology Workshop in Orlando, FL.  Registration will open soon.
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In Remembrance
 


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