IAAP Update Newsletter
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. . . .
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. . . .
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. . . .
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. . . .
Rauner Acts to Eliminate Illinois Historic
Preservation Agency – Duties to be Managed by Illinois Department of Natural
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. . . .
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. . . .
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. . . .
IAAP Education Foundation Awards Scholarship
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. . . .
Student Memberships Now Available from the
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. . . .
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. . . .
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. . . .
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 . . .
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. . . .
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:
. . .
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. . . .
Dean Spindler Receives IMCC Minerals Education
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. . . .
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. . . .
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. . . .
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
. . .
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