IAAP Update Newsletter

December 2017

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. . . . more



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. . . . more


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. . . . more

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. . . . more



MSHA and OSHA Silica Regulations and Enforcement
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 . . . more



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. . . . 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. . . . more



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. . . . more



IAAP Education Foundation Scholarship Seeks Applicants
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. . . . more



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. . . . more


2017 Rock Stars
Contributed to the IAAP PAC an amount equal to, or more than, 10% of their
annual dues. . . . more


IAAP Calendar. . . . more