June 18, 2012
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IMA-NA Advocacy
Soda Ash Bill Passes House Committee
At the Agencies
MSHA Safety Alert: “Struck by” Accidents
GAO Report on Safety Incentive Programs
New MSHA Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy
On the Hill
Senate Holding Two Hearings on Impact of Fracking on Environment
Just for Laughs!
NISA Event
Silicosis Prevention Workshop
IMA-NA Events
2012 IMA-NA Annual Meeting Registration Now Open
2013 IMA-NA Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop, Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 4-6, 2013
New IMA-NA Membership Benefit
New Market Exporter Initiative
Noteworthy
SME President's Presentation at the Forum for the Geology of Industrial Minerals
New IMA-NA Associate Members
Layne
LNE Group
Mini Bulk Inc.
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NISA Silicosis Prevention Workshop, the Starved Rock State Park (Illinois) Lodge and Conference Center, August 15, 2012.  Click here to register.
•  2012 IMA-NA Annual Meeting, the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, September 12 – 14, 2012.  Click here to register.
•  2013 IMA-NA Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop, Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel, Golf Club & Convention Center, March 4-6, 2013.  Registration will open soon.

IMA-NA Advocacy
 
Soda Ash Bill Passes House Committee
Last month, the House Natural Resources Committee held a markup on seven bills, including a bill that would maintain the Soda Ash royalty rate from the last five years at 2%, H.R. 1144.  The Committee favorably reported the bill out by a vote of 27-10.  While many of the other bills considered by the Committee were extremely contentious and went on straightparty line votes; the soda ash legislation was able to gain bipartisan support with all of the Republicans and 5 Democrats supporting the bill.  The Democrats who voted for this bill to move out of the Committee included: Rush Holt (D-NJ), Pete DeFazio (D-OR), Jim Costa (D-CA), Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), and Dan Boren (D-OK).
 
There is a companion bill in the Senate, S. 1192, which would provide for a 5 year extension, as well as S. 2374, the Helium Stewardship Act of 2012, which would provide for a 2 year extension.
 
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At the Agencies
 
MSHA Safety Alert: “Struck by” Accidents
According to an MSHA safety alert, there has been an alarming upward trend of serious and fatal injuries involving miners who are being crushed, run over, pinned by, or struck by moving mining equipment.  Since January 1, 2010, eighty-five miners have been injured by mobile equipment including eight miners who were killed in accidents involving mobile face equipment.  Of the total number of miners injured, twenty six were permanently, partially or totally disabled from accidents involving mobile equipment and fifty-one had lost time accidents involving continuous miners, shuttle cars, ramcars, mantrips and scoops.  
 
To view the safety alert, click here.
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GAO Report on Safety Incentive Programs
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) examined the effects of safety incentive programs and injury reporting.  GAO states: "Little research exists on the effect of workplace safety incentive programs and other workplace safety policies on workers' reporting of injuries and illnesses, but  several experts identified a link between certain types of programs and policies and  reporting.  Researchers distinguish between rate-based safety incentive programs,  which reward workers for achieving low rates of reported injuries or illnesses, and behavior-based programs, which reward workers for certain behaviors, such as  recommending safety improvements.  Of the six studies GAO identified that  assessed the effect of safety incentive programs, two analyzed the potential effect  on workers’ reporting of injuries or illnesses, but they concluded that there was no relationship between the programs and injury and illness reporting.  Experts and industry officials, however, suggest that rate-based programs may discourage reporting of injuries and illnesses.  Experts and industry officials also reported that certain workplace polices, such as post-incident drug and alcohol testing, may discourage workers from reporting injuries and illnesses.  Researchers and workplace safety experts also noted that how safety is managed in the workplace, including employer practices such as fostering open communication about safety issues, may encourage reporting of injuries and illnesses.  GAO recommends that OSHA provide guidance about safety incentive programs and other workplace safety policies consistently across the agency's cooperative programs, and add language about safety incentive programs and other workplace safety policies to the guidance provided to inspectors in its field operations manual...OSHA agreed with the recommendations, and noted its plans to address them."
 
To read the full report, click here.
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New MSHA Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy
Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and MSHA recently named Anthony C. Mayville as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy.  Mr. Mayville has an extensive background in mining, beginning his career in 1975 as a coal miner and serving most recently as Director of the Office of Mines and Minerals for the Department of Natural Resources of the State of Illinois.  His previous government experience in Illinois included service as Director of Mine Safety Enforcement and as the Director of the Division of Mine Safety and Training.  Complete biographical information on Deputy Assistant Secretary Mayville may be accessed by clicking here.  IMA-NA looks forward to working with Deputy Assistant Secretary Mayville and to introducing him to both the association and its members.
 
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On the Hill
 
Senate Holding Two Hearings on Impact of Fracking on Environment
The U.S. Senate will be holding two hearings tomorrow on the impact that hydraulic fracturing operations are having on the environment.  The Environment and Public Works' Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the first-ever national standards to limit air pollution from hydraulic fracturing.  The rule was finalized in April with a final implementation date of January 1, 2015.  This hearing's focus will be on the discrepancy between the EPA’s cost estimates and industry’s, which have the cost about 6 times higher.  Meanwhile, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will be reviewing a recently released report from the National Research Council that looked at the likelihood of significant earthquakes occurring from fracking activities.  
 
To view the EPW Hearing Notice, click here.
To view the ENR Hearing Notice, click here.
 
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Just for Laughs!
 


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NISA Event
 
Silicosis Prevention Workshop
NISA will host a two-day “Silicosis Prevention Workshop.”  The workshop will be held at the Starved Rock State Park (Illinois) Lodge and Conference Center between 8:00 am on Tuesday, August 14 and 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15 2012.  A field trip to a local industrial sand operation will be held between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 14.  Please click here to view an informational flyer.  This workshop is designed for safety and health professionals responsible for implementing their company’s silicosis prevention program, and for those responsible for related program areas.  Presentations will be applicable to those involved in existing programs, or to those who are just getting started, with an emphasis on continuous improvement.  Upon completing the workshop, attendees not only will have a complete understanding of the elements contained within the NISA Occupational Health Program and Silicosis Prevention Program, but how to implement and manage such programs.  Registration for this two-day workshop and field trip is required.  The Starved Rock State Park Lodge and Conference Center is approximately 90 miles from the Chicago or Quad Cities metropolitan areas.  The workshop and field trip are limited to 100.  Workshop and field trip participation will be determined on a “first come, first served” basis.  The $150.00 registration fee covers the cost of two buffet luncheons at the workshop, breaks and field trip transportation.  Click here to register and to obtain information on making lodging reservation.
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IMA-NA Events
 
2012 IMA-NA Annual Meeting Registration Now Open

The IMA-NA Annual Meeting will be held Wednesday, September 12 – 14, 2012, in San Diego, CA.  We will be staying at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort.  To make hotel reservations at the special IMA-NA room rate of $199/night, click here, or call 1-800-815-6397.  To register with IMA-NA,  click here.

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2013 IMA-NA Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop, Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 4-6, 2013
The 2013 IMA-NA Industrial Minerals Technology Workshop will be held at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel, Golf Club & Convention Center, March 4-6, 2013.  Registration will open later in 2012.
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New IMA-NA Membership Benefit
 
New Market Exporter Initiative
New IMA-NA Member Benefit
In alliance with the U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, IMA-NA members can participate in the New Market Export Initiative (NEI) which is a unique public-private partnership designed to help companies increase their export markets.  All IMA-NA members are eligible.  The NEI is focused on:  1) improving trade advocacy and export promotion efforts, 2) increasing access to credit, especially for small and medium-sized businesses, 3) removing barriers to the sale of U.S. goods and services abroad, 4) robustly enforcing trade rules, and 5) pursuing policies at the global level to promote strong, sustainable, and balanced growth.  The U.S. Commercial Service provides U.S. companies unparalleled access to business opportunities around the world.  As a U.S. Government agency, they have relationships with foreign government and business leaders in every key global market.  Their trade professionals provide expertise across most major industry sectors, and every year, they help thousands of U.S. companies export goods and services worth billions of dollars.  
 
IMA-NA members can take advantage of the following services: Trade Counseling: Get the information and advice needed to succeed; Market Intelligence: Target the best trade opportunities; Business Matchmaking: Connect with the right partners and prospects; and Commercial Diplomacy: Ensure products and services have the best possible prospects for success in international markets. 
 
To learn more, and to sign-up for this service, click here.
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Noteworthy
 
SME President's Presentation at the Forum for the Geology of Industrial Minerals
 
The Forum for the Geology of Industrial Minerals was held in May in Phoenix, AZ.  Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration President Drew Meyers provided the keynote address on the challenges faced by the industrial minerals community.  Click here for a link to the video of the presentation.
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New IMA-NA Associate Members
 
Layne
Layne is a global water management, construction, and drilling company.  They provide responsible solutions for water, mineral, and energy challenges.  They operate throughout North America, as well as Africa, Australia, Europe, Brazil, and through our affiliates in other South American countries.  Layne’s customers include government agencies, investor-owned utilities, industrial companies, global mining companies, consulting engineering firms, heavy civil construction contractors, oil and gas companies, power companies and agribusiness.  Their solutions give clients a single point of accountability for even the most complex projects, and enable them to deliver high levels of service, quality and economic efficiency.
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LNE Group
With offices throughout the U.S. and in Europe, LNE Group has the demonstrated ability to serve the government advocacy and grant writing needs of clients at the federal, state, and local government levels throughout the U.S.  In Europe, LNE Group supports client interests at the European Union and national government level.  LNE Group represents clients ranging from for-profit businesses (including Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations, and private and start-up companies), to non-profit organizations and government sector clients. Over the last several years they have secured tens of millions of dollars in government funding and represented many clients before Members of Congress and key federal funding agencies.
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Mini Bulk Inc.
For more than 15 years, MiniBulk has been expanding their reputation as Canada’s premier supplier of Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers (FIBCs).  A privately owned Canadian company, they pride themselves on providing sensible solutions to clients’ shipping container needs and on being a trusted source of industry knowledge.  Their real value is the ability to bridge the gap between their North American clients and the world’s emerging markets, using their strong in-house technical knowledge to design and deliver the right bag for the application.  To build on this strength, they are actively exploring new product and service offerings that will help their clients improve filling and handling operations, consolidate purchasing efforts and reduce environmental impacts.
 
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