IAAP Update Newsletter
Unjustified “Violation” Notices Issued to CCDD/Clean
Fill Operators Receive Media Attention
The alleged “violation” notices issued by the Illinois EPA to numerous operators
of CCDD/clean fill facilities have received recent media attention. The
Associated Press published a story http://www.nwherald.com/2017/11/19/ap-exclusive-4-in-5-illinois-debris-sites-high-in-toxins/afgsqpc/
and the Chicago Sun Times ran this editorial https://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/quarries-construction-debris-drinking-water-groundwater-illinois/. A
letter to the editor in response from the IAAP is here
http://ift.tt/2ilbDVm. . . .
Zatezalo Confirmed to Lead MSHA
David Zatezalo was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Assistant Secretary of
Labor overseeing MSHA with a vote of 52-46 on Nov. 15, 2017. . . .
Ed Elliott has Joined MSHA as a Senior Adviser
With a 30-year career in the aggregates industry, recently working as director
of safety and health for Rogers Group, Inc., Elliott truly understands safety at
quarries and pits. . . .
Sheila Beshears Goes to RiverStone
Sheila Beshears, former Aggregate Technology Coordinator in the Illinois
Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Materials and Physical Research, has
left the agency to take over as senior geologist for IAAP member RiverStone
Group based in Moline, Illinois. . . .
MSHA and OSHA Silica Regulations and
On November 9th, Nick Scala, Chair of IAAP Member Conn Maciel Carey LLP's MSHA
Practice group, conducted an IAAP Member Webinar reviewing the MSHA regulations
regarding silica exposure for Metal/Nonmetal mines and the new OSHA silica
standard, which governs non-mining operations. You may view a recording of the
webinar here: https://goo.gl/j89j6i . . .
U.S. Department of Labor Awards $10.5 Million
in Safety Grants
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has
awarded $10,537,000 in grant funding to reduce mining accidents, injuries, and
illnesses by supporting safety and health courses, and other programs. The
awards were made to 47 states, the Navajo Nation, Guam, and Native Village of
Barrow. Illinois will receive $270,403. . . .
IAAP Member Recognition Award & Certificate
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. . . .
National Miners Day
Congress has designated December 6th as National Miners Day to honor the
contributions and sacrifices of miners, both past and present.
The date commemorates the worst industrial mine accident in American history
when 362 miners perished in an explosion at the No. 6 and No. 8 mines in
Monongah, W.Va., on this date in 1907. . . .
IAAP Education Foundation Scholarship Seeks
Do you have a family member or friend attending college with the intention of
working in the aggregates industry? The IAAP Education Foundation Scholarship
program strengthens the Illinois aggregates industry by promoting the education
of worthy students seeking a career in the aggregates industry. Furthermore,
this scholarship enhances the relationship between the IAAP and institutions of
higher learning that are educating and training the next generation of aggregate
industry professionals. . . .
Safety Slogan Contest
Members of the IAAP Safety Committee wish to acknowledge everyone working in the
aggregate mining industry in Illinois for working together to ensure Illinois is
one of the safest places to be a miner.
You are invited to participate in our contest to design a 2018 safety slogan and
logo that could be printed on safety green t-shirts and possibly other wearable
items which will then be offered for sale at a reasonable price. The person
whose design is selected will be awarded $250. . . .
2017 Rock Stars
Contributed to the IAAP PAC an amount equal to, or more than, 10% of their
annual dues. . . .
IAAP Calendar. . . .