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JUL 2019

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34 • ROCKproducts • July 2019 EQUIPMENT & TECHNOLOGY DRILLING & BLASTING \ The Ohio Drilling & Blasting Confer- ence was held from March 20-21, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Columbus, Ohio. The conference was sponsored by the International Soci- ety of Explosives Engineers (ISEE), the Ohio Aggregates & Industrial Minerals Association (OAIMA) and Ohio Coal Association and endorsed by the Ohio Department of Natu- ral Resources, Division of Mineral Resources Management. More than 150 attendees participated in the event that featured 13 exhibit booths and a full day of presentations from explosives industry experts. This year's program began with opening remarks from Mike Mann, Ohio Depart- ment of Natural Resources, and John Capers, Austin Powder, and included topics covering regulatory updates; geology; spacing calculations; commu- nity relations; and driller and blaster communications. Attendees qualified for blasters training recertification hours from several states. The highlight of the event included presentations of the Lifetime Achieve- ment, Blaster of the Year and Driller of the Year and awards. John Capers was honored with this year's Lifetime Achievement Award. The blaster recog- nition was awarded to Vern Dewees, Hilltop Energy. The driller award was presented to Dave Smith, MOVER. The Ohio Drilling & Blasting Conference is a biennial event that serves as a plat- form for the exchange of the industry's best practices. Epiroc Works for a Healthier Future in Mining To create a healthier working environ- ment and meet demands for cleaner technology, Epiroc has created an entire suite of battery-powered vehi- cles, covering the process from bolting, face drilling, mucking and hauling. "Contaminates can be eliminated altogether by replacing traditional die- sel-powered equipment with battery electric machinery. Electric equipment contributes to a safer and healthier work environment for all underground operators and personnel," said Sami Niiranen, president, Underground Rock Excavation division at Epiroc. "To be a zero is the future in underground mining and tunneling. Battery-electric equipment allows a mine to unlock several benefits like improved health and safety, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and decreased operating costs. Emissions are troubling at the surface, but take them underground, and they quickly become critical. "As mines expand and deepen, ventilation needs increase and costs skyrocket," said Franck Boudreault, product manager electrification, Underground Rock Excavation division at Epiroc. "Battery-electric machinery gener- ates significant savings in ventilation along with a healthier workforce and a healthier planet." "Be a Zero" – the new zero-emission video from Epiroc premiered at Bauma Munich and can be watched on selected Epiroc social media channels. Epiroc, at Final Rule on Ammonium Nitrate in Effect A final rule on 27 CFR Part 555 was issued by the Department of Justice, according to the International Society of Explosives Engineers. Beginning May 31, all ammonium nitrate will be sub- ject to the § 555.220 Table of Distances when stored within the sympathetic detonation distances of high explo- sives and blasting agents listed under the table at § 555.220. Ammonium nitrate explosive mix- tures that are high explosives pursuant to § 555.202(a), or are defined as a blasting agent pursuant to § 555.11, will be subject both to the table of distances for storage of explosives materials at § 555.218 and to the § 555.220 Table of Distances. The Department of Justice is amending the regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to remove the reference to an outdated guidance document in an explanatory note following the table of separation distances of ammonium nitrate and blasting agents from explosives or blasting agents. This final rule also clarifies that those separation distance requirements apply to all ammonium nitrate," states a summary from the Fed- eral Register, Vol. 84, No. 62. For more information contact, Denise Brown, Enforcement Programs and Services, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives at 202-648-7070. Ohio Drilling & Blasting Conference a Success

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