TX Mining Monthly
December 2019
How have you been blessed? For me, just having experienced another Thanksgiving and bumping up on my 73rd, yep, 73rd Christmas, my blessings are too numerous to mention. That said, I’m going to mention a few, mostly TMRA related but not all.
Starting in 2020, the Texas Aggregates & Concrete Association (TACA) will partner with the Texas Mining and Reclamation Association (TMRA) on its award-winning Teacher Workshop program. Through this program, Texas teachers learn science-based information on the availability, importance and development of the state’s natural resources. TACA will augment the industrial minerals workshops by updating and expanding the curriculum to provide more relevant and accurate information on the work of TACA members.
"Where do the teachers come from that attend the summer workshops?" you may ask. Well, the best place to recruit teachers is at the yearly Science Teachers of Texas Association’s CAST meeting. Click below to learn more in this piece by Francye Hutchins, TMRA Director of Education.
ROMCO Equipment Company
Waukesha-Pearce Industries, LLC
Industry News
In partnership with the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, CoalZoom is today launching a campaign called "Saving US Coal." The campaign has the single goal of generating public support and political will to repeal the 2009 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s CO2 Endangerment Finding.
Sponsor a Teacher
You can Sponsor A Teacher anytime during the year. This Sponsor A Teacher program gives all members/companies an opportunity to support TMRA’s successful teacher education program. A contribution of $1,500 will sponsor one teacher for a workshop that covers teaching materials, meals, lodging, etc. This is your chance to promote our industry by sponsoring a teacher! To learn more, click below.
Regulatory Update
You probably haven’t heard about a recent regulatory decision that will reduce carbon emissions because it doesn’t follow the green template of controlling private industry and suppressing economic growth.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering whether or not to create a streamlined environmental review process for "advanced nuclear reactor" designs, including those that are based on technology fundamentally different from any U.S. power reactors licensed to operate today.
On Nov. 7, 2019, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced that, for the fifth consecutive year, none of the nation’s mining operations met the criteria for a Pattern of Violations (POV) between Sept. 1, 2018 and Aug. 31, 2019.
METAL/NONMETAL MINE FATALITY – A contract maintenance mechanic was performing elevator maintenance when the car descended, crushing the mechanic against an elevator platform. The person died at the scene on December 3, 2019. Click below to learn more, including best practices.
MINE FATALITY FINAL REPORT – On August 20, 2019, a miner was fatally injured when he fell 40 feet down a shaft. The victim was unloading a refuse kettle attached to an electric hoist when he went over the unguarded edge of the shaft. Click below to read the final report, which includes corrective actions.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a Fatality Alert following the death of a miner at the ArcelorMittal Minorca Mine in St. Louis County, Minn. On Nov. 5, 2019, a mobile maintenance mechanic was driving on the pit haulage road when the service truck he was operating left the road, hit a berm, and flipped onto its side, ejecting the miner. He died at the scene. Click below to learn more, including best practices.
Legislative Update
The agonizing in some circles over the United States’ planned withdrawal from the Paris agreement on climate control already is reaching ear-piercing levels and prompting proclamations from a few elected officials and some radical advocacy groups that the pullout is a "dark day" for the country.
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