March 11, 2014, SME Meeting, Crystalline Silica Rulemakings

March 11, 2014 MEETING
SME, Washington DC Section

RESERVATIONS: Lee Bray, Secretary-Treasurer, at 703-648-4979703-648-4979 or
_lbray@usgs.gov_ (

“Department of Labor Crystalline Silica Rulemakings: An Industry Perspective”

SPEAKER: Mark Ellis

Crystalline silica is ubiquitous in the environment (it makes up about 12% of the Earth’s crust) and is present in a multitude of products and processes that we often take for granted. The Department of Labor has embarked on comprehensive new occupational health standards for crystalline silica . . . ongoing at OSHA and anticipated at MSHA. According to OSHA, its proposal could impact as many as 2.2 million workers and MSHA’s proposal could impact the entire domestic mining industry. SME DC Chapter Member Mark Ellis (President of the Industrial Minerals Association – North America) is active in the rulemakings and will offer an overview of the major elements of the DOL rulemakings, including general background, regulatory history, and principal regulatory issues.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
11:30 – Social 12:00 – Lunch 12:30 – Speaker

Pier 7 Restaurant, 650 Water Street, SW, Washington, DC (within walking
distance of the Waterfront Metro on the Green Line) Free parking with
validation from Pier 7 Restaurant.

Meeting cost: $23.00 for Washington, DC Section members
$28.00 for non-members

Please send your RSVP and entrée choice before 5:00 pm, Friday, March 7.
Contact: Lee Bray, Secretary-Treasurer, at 703-648-4979703-648-4979 or

Remember that we will bill ”no-shows!”

–Lunch provided–
Entree (choose one): 1) Breast of Chicken; 2) Broiled Filet of Sole with
Scallops; 3) Medallions of New York Sirloin; 4) Seafood Newburg with Rice
Pilaf; or 5) Vegetarian (no seafood).

Served with: Mixed Green Salad; Potato du Jour; Fresh Rolls; Coffee, Tea,
or Milk;
and Ice Cream Log with Strawberry Sauce.

Posted by:
Steve Stokowski
Vice-Chairman, SME- DC


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