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The U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) has extended the deadline to Sept. 25, 2014, for comments regarding a recent petition to change the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, 30 U.S.C. 1201 et seq. The petition requests OSMRE amend its regulations governing the use of explosives to prohibit visible nitrogen oxide clouds in surface coal mining operations. Your thoughts will help the OSMRE director’s decision to grant or deny the petition. Comments will be accepted online or via mail.

Request for Comments (PDF) The Petition (PDF) Supporting Research (PDF)

Submitting Comments

Please submit comments to OSMRE before Sept. 25, 2014, online or via mail. Use Docket ID: OSM–2014–0003, and follow the written instructions, when submitting your comments online at the Federal eRulemaking Portal

To mail your comments, send your letter to:

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
Administrative Record Room 252 SIB
1951 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20240

Please include the Docket ID: OSM–2014–0003.

More Information

For questions or more information, contact:

Joshua Rockwell
Division of Regulatory Support
1951 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20240
Phone: 202.208.2633
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Board of Directors

The ISEE Nominating Committee is seeking nominations of candidates for the ISEE Board of Directors fall 2014 election. Candidates must be qualified as members of the society who have demonstrated leadership and active participation in the society and in the explosives industry. 

Candidates who are elected to the board will take office February at the end of the Annual Membership Meeting that will be held at the 2015 Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique. 

Click here to nominate a candidate. 


Nominate a coworker or colleague who has made an exceptional contribution to the fields of explosives or drilling for one of the International Society of Explosives Engineers most prestigious awards. There are three awards the ISEE is accepting nominations for: 

  • Blaster’s Leadership Award: Presented to those who exemplify the blaster in the field and have given generously of time and talents in helping fellow blasters.
  • Driller’s Leadership Award: The award recognizes a drill operator, manager or drill expert who has given an extraordinary amount of time and knowledge to help fellow drillers and blasters with application, engineering or field work.
  • Distinguished Service Award: An award of merit given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of explosives engineering.

Click here to nominate a candidate online or to download a nomination form. 

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You will be prompted to log into the ISEE website to access both forms. Use your email address you have on file with ISEE as your username and your member ID for your password. You do not need to make an account. All ISEE members have accounts automatically created for them.

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On Aug. 1, 2013, President Obama issued Executive Order (EO) 13650, Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security, to improve the safety and security of chemical facilities and reduce the risks of hazardous chemicals to facility workers and operators, communities and responders. Chemicals and the facilities that manufacture, store, distribute and use them are essential to our economy and livelihood, but the handling and storage of chemicals can present a risk that must be addressed.

The Working Group (comprised of the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor and the Environmental Protection Agency) is pleased to share with you a copy of the status report to the president, entitled Actions to Improve Chemical Facility Safety and Security – A Shared Commitment (PDF). This report summarizes the Working Group’s progress, focusing on actions to date, findings and lessons learned, challenges, and short and long-term priority actions. These priority actions are captured in a consolidated action plan, based on the information collected by the Working Group and focused on five specific thematic areas:  

  • Strengthen Community Planning and Preparedness
  • Enhance Federal Operational Coordination 
  • Improve Data Management 
  • Modernize Policies and Regulation
  • Incorporate Stakeholder Feedback and Develop Best Practices

DHS has attached a fact sheet that provides an overview of the report and invites you to read its blog for more information.  

The Working Group wants to underscore that they see this report as a milestone, not an endpoint. It will now be transitioning to implementation of the priority actions identified in the action plan, an effort that will be completed over time and require the collective efforts of all of us with a stake in chemical facility safety and security: communities, first responders, and industry, alongside local, state and federal government.

Safety and security are a shared commitment. As actions in this report are pursued, the Working Group recognizes that the Federal Government must put in place a transparent, inclusive process that continues to engage all stakeholders. They appreciate the input that has brought them to this point, and ask us to commit to being a part of this effort as they continue to make progress.

If you have any questions or comments regarding Executive Order 13650 or this report, please visit for more information, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ruth Ziolkowski, long-time inspirational leader of Crazy Horse Memorial, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 21 with members of her family at her side.

Ruth Ross was born on June 26, 1926, in Hartford, Conn. She grew up in West Hartford, Conn., where she first met the sculptor, Korczak Ziolkowski. She came to the Black Hills of South Dakota in June 1947 to help Korczak create a memorial to honor the North American Indian.

Ruth and Korczak married on Thanksgiving 1950. Together they had 10 children, many of whom have made the Crazy Horse dream their life’s work. Ruth served as the chief executive officer of the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation since her husband’s passing on Oct. 20, 1982. Ruth was preceded in death by Korczak and their daughter Anne, who passed away on May 6, 2011.

With foresight and vision, Ruth had worked with the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Board of Directors in preparing for succession of leadership. A three-member executive management team is in place to lead the continued growth and development of the nonprofit foundation.

There will be a public viewing at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, May 26 in the studio of the original log home built by Ruth and her sculptor husband Korczak in 1948. Admission fees will be waived during this time. The home is open year round to visitors of the Memorial and contains art, antiques and heirlooms. 

A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 27 at the memorial. Guests are encouraged to come early. Services are open to friends and the public and admission fees will be waived  from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the event.

For more information, visit the Crazy Horse Memorial website.