IAAP Update Newsletter

August 2017

These Teachers Rocked the IAAP’s Workshop
Teachers from across the State gathered for the Illinois Teachers Workshop: Rocks, Minerals & Mining in Today’s Society, presented by the Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers (IAAP) on July 17th -19th at Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena, Illinois. Everyone present refreshed their knowledge of earth science and learned so much more about the importance of stone, sand, industrial minerals, fossils, lead, zinc, and sustainability. This was the twenty-first year for the rocks, minerals & mining workshop. . . . more

EPA Seeks Comments on WOTUS Withdrawal
On July 27, 2017, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (Corps) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposed rule to withdraw the 2015 rule expanding the definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS). The 2015 rule, which was stayed by a federal court order, was strongly opposed by the IAAP and other industry groups due to the unnecessary regulatory burden that would have been added to mining and construction projects. . . . more

We Can Make an Impact in Washington Together
According to Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO, all politics are local, and we want to help everyone in the aggregates industry build positive relationships with your local elected officials. To do that, we need you to join us in Washington, D.C., this September and help make an impact on the federal government. . . . more



IAAP Golf Outing
Monday, September 11, 2017
Panther Creek Country Club and Piper Glen Golf Club
Springfield, Illinois

Registration and more info here: http://www.iaap-aggregates.org/golf.htm



Illinois Voluntary Limestone Program Producer Information Booklet
The Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers and Illinois Department of Agriculture are publishing the 2017 edition of the Illinois Voluntary Limestone Program Producer Information booklet detailing test results for aglime available from various sources in Illinois and surrounding states.
In early August, the booklet will be available as a PDF document on the Department’s website as well as the IAAP’s aglime webpage at www.iaap-aggregates.org/aglime.htm. . . . more



Lichtenfels Retiring from MSHA
Marvin Lichtenfels, MSHA’s acting administrator for metal/non-metal (MNM) has retired from the agency, effective Friday, July 28. . . . more



Trump Administration Releases First Regulatory Agenda
The Trump Administration’s first Regulatory Agenda (www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaMain) shows a number of regulatory reform efforts are planned.  Outlined below is an overview of key items, along with dates for targeted completion (note: dates are subject to change).  Also, with hundreds of key Executive Branch positions still unpopulated, there will likely be delays and other changes in implementation.  Also, it is worth remembering that, while the agenda does serve as a general guide for most major regulatory plans, agencies do possess other ways to wield regulatory influence that may not be mentioned in the agenda. . . . more



Shawnee Hills Wine Tour
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Enjoy an autumn afternoon in beautiful Southern Illinois with IAAP members visiting popular wineries along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. This new and exciting event supporting the IAAP PAC is sure to sell out. Registration and sponsorship opportunities at www.iaap-aggregates.org/winetrailtour.htm . . . more



IAAP Safety Slogan T-Shirts for the Summer
Summer is the perfect time to order IAAP Safety T-shirts for your miners and employees for $10 each! The design, pictured to the left, is printed on the back of an ANSI High Visibility Safety Green 50/50 T-shirt along with a small IAAP logo on the front. Order yours by calling Jodi at the IAAP (217.241.1639) or using the form available here: www.iaap-aggregates.org/2017pdfs/OrderForm.pdf . . . more



Take Five: IAAP’s Dan Eichholz weighs in on the Illinois aggregate market
Aggregates Manager recently spoke with Dan Eichholz, executive director of the Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers, who gave his take on what’s going on with the aggregates industry in the state of Illinois. . . . more



Blasting Licensure and Certification Training and Examination
The next IDNR blasting licensure and certification training and examination session will occur on October 3-5, 2017, All individuals whose duties include the direct supervision of blasting operations at surface coal and non-coal mining operations are required to be licensed or certified. . . . more



GZA’s Mark Krumenacher Named to Wisconsin Industrial Sand Association Board of Directors
Wisconsin Industrial Sand Association (WISA) has announced that GZA’s Mark Krumenacher was named to the WISA Board of Directors. Krumenacher is a Senior Principal and Senior Vice President with GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. and recently was named to the firm’s Board of Directors. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a BS and MS in Geology and Geophysics. Krumenacher is a Professional Geologist with licensure nationally. . . . more



IAAP Member Recognition Award & Certificate Programs
The best people work for IAAP member companies! Every day we demonstrate our dedication to each other, our company, our community, and to this industry. The IAAP and your fellow members have committed themselves to recognizing these efforts with a series of programs.
In addition to the award or certificate granted to each qualifying company or individual, you will be recognized during the Annual Convention, in the Update newsletter, and offered a press release for local and industry publications. When you do an outstanding job, others deserve to know about it. . . . more



IAAP Calendar. . . . more