IAAP Update Newsletter

April 2017

IAAP Bill to Extend Sales Tax Exemption on Mining Equipment Stalled by House Leadership
House Bill 497 (https://goo.gl/ktMY7Y), the IAAP legislative initiative to extend the sales tax exemption on mining equipment which is currently scheduled to sunset in August of 2018, has been blocked by House leadership from being called for a vote in the House Revenue Committee. IAAP Executive Director Dan Eichholz met with House Majority Leader Barbara Currie who expressed concerns about removing sunsets from tax exemptions. In response, the IAAP drafted potential amendments to the bill to extend the sunset by five or ten years. Leader Currie also expressed reservations about extending an exemption more than a year ahead of its expiration. In response, the IAAP reiterated the importance of long-term planning for the mining industry. The IAAP bill is one of many proposals to extend tax exemptions that have been blocked in the House Revenue Committee this spring. . . . more

IAAP Defeats Proposals to Mandate Water Monitoring at CCDD/USF Facilities
Last Friday’s House committee deadline marked a victory for the IAAP as we successfully blocked two bills to mandate water monitoring at Clean Construction or Demolition Debris (CCDD) and Uncontaminated Soil Fill (USF) facilities. . . . more

As Budget Impasse Continues, TFIC to Propose Fall Back Plan to Fund Roads
With no sign of an end to the State’s budget impasse and the stalemate likely killing any chance for our efforts to enact badly-needed, long-term, adequate and sustainable funding for transportation infrastructure, the Transportation for Illinois Coalition (TFIC) is planning to initiate a short-term “transportation lifeline” funding proposal to help get by until a long-term plan can be implemented. . . . more



OSHA Compliance Assistance Quick Start
Compliance Assistance Quick Start (https://goo.gl/EnEeQs)  is a tool to introduce employers and workers, especially those at new or small businesses, to the compliance assistance resources on OSHA's website. . . . more



Rauner Acts to Eliminate Illinois Historic Preservation Agency – Duties to be Managed by Illinois Department of Natural Resources
In an effort to streamline the administration of Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and save State money, the Rauner administration announced last week that the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) will be eliminated.  . . . more



Request for Your Suggestions on How to Cut Illinois' Unnecessary Red Tape
The IAAP has been invited to participate with other business groups in Governor Rauner’s Illinois Competitiveness Council that has been tasked with identifying and eliminating burdensome, onerous, redundant, or outdated regulations as part of the Cutting the Red Tape Initiative.   . . . more



Illinois Mined Land Reclamation Award to Metropolitan Water Reclamation District for McCook Reservoir
For its efforts in constructing the McCook Reservoir in McCook, Illinois, the Chicago Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) was recognized for outstanding and innovative reclamation techniques during the annual IAAP Aggregate Miner Safety Conference on March 21st at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield. . . . more



IAAP Education Foundation Awards Scholarship Recipients
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



Student Memberships Now Available from the IAAP
The IAAP Student Membership was created by the IAAP’s Board of Directors and Workforce Development Committee for individuals interested in a career in the Illinois aggregates industry to learn more about the industry and network with potential employers. There is no cost for IAAP Student Membership. . . . more



IDNR Aggregate Safety Awards
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Office of Mines and Minerals (IDNR-OMM) remains committed to safety and appreciates the efforts of the state's aggregate industry toward providing a safe working environment for miners. IDNR-OMM recognized mine site safety achievements by presenting six safety awards (five surface divisions and one underground division) to companies during the IAAP Aggregate Miner Safety Conference held in February at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield. . . . more



Shawnee Hills Wine Trail 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 for the IAAP is sure to sell out. . . . more



Support the IAAP Teachers Workshop by Sponsoring a Teacher
The IAAP’s Public Information and Education Committee will hold its 22nd annual Illinois Teachers Workshop: Rocks, Minerals & Mining in Today’s Society at Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena, Illinois on July 17-19, 2017.
Would you like to sponsor a teacher from a community near your operations? If so, please contact the IAAP’s Jodi Perez (217.241.1639) and let her know the name of the teacher(s) you want to sponsor after looking at the map at this website: https://goo.gl/xpV4xy . . . more



MSHA Delays Exams Rule
NSSGA learned that MSHA will announce a 60 day extension on the effective date of the workplace exams rule. Originally slated to be implemented at the end of May, it will now go into effect July 24. . . . more



IAAP Safety Slogan T-Shirts Available Now
The IAAP Safety Committee conducted a safety slogan design contest to celebrate working together ensuring Illinois is one of the safest places to be a miner!  The winning 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 T-shirts for your miners and employees for $10 each by calling Jodi at the IAAP (217.241.1639) or using the form available here: www.iaap-aggregates.org/2017pdfs/OrderForm.pdf

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Fairmount Santrol - Wedron Silica Recognized for IAAP Awards
Fairmount Santrol – Wedron Silica has fostered a positive image in the Illinois mining community for its safe work practices, environmental stewardship, and community involvement. . . . more



Dean Spindler Receives IMCC Minerals Education Award
The 2017 Educator Awareness Award will be presented to Dean Spindler, Soil Scientist with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Office of Mines and Minerals, Land Reclamation Division. Dean is a member of the IAAP’s Public Information and Education (PIE) Committee and a presenter at the annual Rocks, Minerals & Mining workshop for Illinois teachers. . . . more



NSSGA Awards to IAAP Members
The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) recognized a number of IAAP member companies with operations in Illinois and surrounding states for an extraordinary commitment to community involvement in 2016. . . . more



Congress Will Have Final Say on Trump’s Proposed Transportation Budget
President Trump sent his budget to Congress, a “wish list” that reflects his vision for federal discretionary spending.  This kicks off the fiscal year 2018 Congressional appropriations season, and the process by which members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees ultimately set the funding levels for these programs. The President’s  suggested cuts include $2.4 billion to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), which is surprising given his pledge to improve U.S. infrastructure.  In order for the president to increase Department of Defense (DOD)  spending by $54 billion and stay budget neutral, discretionary spending faces significant reductions over the previous year.  The president has recommended broad spending cuts across many agencies, ranging from the Environmental Protection Agency to the State Department. . . . more



Oldcastle Buys Mulzer Crushed Stone
Tell City, Indiana based Mulzer Crushed Stone has been purchased by Oldcastle Materials. Oldcastle also concluded several smaller stone, aggregate and asphalt transactions in Connecticut, Minnesota, Washington and Montreal that complement the company's South, North, Central and West Divisions, along with CRH Canada.

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