Online registration now open for ISEE's Annual Conference
Due to unforeseen errors in today’s edition of the ISEE News Brief, we have opted to resend the brief to our subscribers. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Online registration is now open for ISEE's Annual Conference on Explosives & Blasting Technique, taking place Feb. 12-15, 2012, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn. Attendees who register before November 30, 2011, will receive the discounted early bird rates. Register online at www.isee.org, where conference information is accessible 24/7.
As many at 1,600 blasters, manufacturers, government officials, and suppliers gather for this conference from all over the world to gain new insights and ideas and form new business alliances. The 2012 Program includes a dynamic education program featuring technical sessions, poster session, and workshops combined with over 130 exhibits on the latest technology. The Blasters Weekend Package,
commencing on Saturday, Feb. 11, includes the popular Blasters Training Seminar and Blasters R Us Video Roundup. A special Blast Instrumentation Workshop is planned for Wednesday to focus on the areas of laser profiling, borehole alignment, seismographs and gas well perforating.
For sleeping room reservations, call the Gaylord Opryland Resort at (615) 883-2211 or 1-866-972-6779. Please be sure to mention ISEE to receive the conference discount rate of $181 single/double. Do not
delay in making your reservations because the hotel is expected to sell out early. Reserve your sleeping room online by clicking here.
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Public meetings to be held on the US Department of Homeland Security's Ammonium Nitrate Security Program proposed rule
from U.S. Department of Homeland Security
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking public comment on the proposed rule for the Ammonium Nitrate Security Program. The purpose of the rule is to prevent the use of ammonium nitrate in an act of terrorism by regulating the chemical's sale and transfer.
Public meetings will provide the public with the opportunity to be briefed on the basics of the proposed rule and to learn how to provide comments on it. More
No warning signal heard before Shawnigan Lake gravel-pit blast
from The Globe and Mail
When they set the charge, the three workers who were injured in an explosion at Mid-Island Aggregates north of Victoria were expecting the debris to fly high in the air and fall harmlessly to earth, as they watched from a "safe zone" about 200 meters away. Instead, when the explosives detonated, a shower of jagged rock came hurtling toward them like shrapnel from a bomb blast. More
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hole angles and depths as well as minimum and optimum burdens. Using this laser-based, easy to learn system will save you time and money and decrease your safety liabilities. MORE
Security issues threaten Mark Center
from Washington Examiner
Alexandria, Va., officials have hounded the Defense Department over traffic issues at the Mark Center, the Pentagon's new office
space along Seminary Road, but now authorities are also concerned about the safety of the area inside and around the building. Anti-terrorism experts worry that a lack of security at the Mark Center, at the busy intersection of Interstate 395 and Seminary Road in Alexandria, could make the office susceptible to something similar to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. More
How the stacks will fall: Dynamite part of $8.8 million effort to bring down Asarco icons
from Middle East North Africa Financial Network
When the two tallest Asarco stacks are demolished within seconds of each other early next year, old-time dynamite will bring them down. The stacks - one of which rises 826 feet and displays the Asarco lettering - will be among the last vestiges of a smelting plant that operated for more than a century.
Mining, blasting reach forest fringe
from Greater Kashmir
Unabated mining and blasting for extraction of stones in this south Kashmir district of India has even reached the forest areas posing a major threat to the ecosystem besides disturbing the habitat of the wild animals. Large scale stone quarrying is on even in the foot hills of Pir Panchal range in Qazigund, Lower Munda, and Verinag areas. It has even reached to the
forest fringe. More
Ammonium Nitrate, a double-edged sword
from The News International
Although nearly every country on Earth, including the U.S., U.K., the whole of European Union, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Australia and Canada etc, have enacted laws to regulate the movement of dangerous goods that can harm humanity, it is virtually impossible to
ban the commercial use, handling, storage and sale of a number of readily available chemical compounds like Ammonium Nitrate that are serving both mankind and the terrorists at the same time. More
Armenian mines to be detonated with domestic explosives
from Armenia News
The Aparazh Mining company's factory, which produces explosives, began operations in Armenia's Kajaran city, Syunyats Yerkir newspaper writes. These
explosives are used in mining, and they are in great demand by Kajaran Copper-Molybdenum Plant and other mines. More
Copper deal helps Afghan's future
from China Daily
Mining project shows way to peace and prosperity, as a China Daily reporter observes in Kabul. For more than 50 years, China has been sending workers to help Afghanistan build roads, dams,
hospitals and other public projects. By the end of 2006, China and Afghanistan had signed contracts worth $141.82 million. The pace of that investment has accelerated in recent years. More
city for land to solve explosives issue
from Winnipeg Free Press
The Winnipeg Police Service in Canada wants to use $372,000 of unspent money from its helicopter budget for a permanent home for the bomb squad's explosives. Currently, police store containers that
house bombs and explosives at a secret third-party location. A police administrative report said the third party has "graciously stored the bomb magazines" for three years but is no longer able to house them due to development at the site. More
TEEX Explosives Training leads to Blinn College Fire Science Degree
Students enrolled in the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Explosives Training Program, operated by the Public Safety & Security division, will now be eligible for college credit and future financial aid through an articulation agreement with Blinn College. Under the agreement, Blinn students seeking a Fire Science degree who complete four TEEX Ordnance Removal & Remediation courses would be eligible for 18 semester hours of college credit toward an
Associate of Applied Science degree. More
Bethel takes methodical approach to drilling ban
from Times Herald-Record
So how can a pro-gas-drilling landowner be compensated for mineral rights if gas drilling is banned in his or her town? And how can you make sure that such a ban - actually against high-impact industrial uses like drilling - doesn't stop other job-rich industries from coming to town? Those were just a couple of the questions for the
lawyer helping Bethel draft a zoning amendment to ban drilling. More
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