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PACA Conveyor – Week of August 9, 2018
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As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
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Registration Opens for the 2018 PACA Young Leaders Development Group Leadership & Team Building Conference

Join us at the 2018 PACA Young Leaders Development Group (YLDG) Leadership & Team Building Conference - October 3-4 - at the Hyatt Place in downtown State College, PA.

This year's Keynote Speaker will be Mr. Greg Coker of Soft Skills Boot Camp. Greg will bring us a presentation on Crisis Management, Communications and Social Media. Are you prepared to deal with a company crisis or personal crisis, the onslaught of media attention that may follow and all the posts and comments that may come up on social media? Attendees will be able to bring back a the basis for a comprehensive plan for their company, critique/help modify any current communication plan their company may have and will have the tools and skill sets to help deal with the impact negative social media posts may have on their company.

The agenda also includes a community service project on the afternoon of October 3rd (more information to follow) - part of the mission and purpose of the YLDG. And, let's not forgot the downtown State College pub crawl being planned for that evening as well. Relive your college days (with a much more responsible twist, of course) by exploring all that the Penn State campus pubs have to offer!

Hurry and book your rooms as the block expires SEPTEMBER 4th!
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Hotel Room Block is Open for November Annual Meeting - Final Schedule & Registration Information Forthcoming
The 2018 PACA Annual Meeting is scheduled for November 11 (PACA Board Members only) and November 12-13 (for all registered attendees) at the Hotel Hershey, Hershey, PA.

The final schedule and registration announcement will be coming in the next few weeks - stay tuned.

However, if you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, you may start making your room reservations at this time.


Schedule commitments include Sunday evening, November 11th and the Annual Meeting will conclude in the early afternoon on Tuesday, November 13th.


The Annual Meeting will begin in the early afternoon on Monday, November 12th and conclude in the early afternoon on Tuesday, November 13th.


The hotel rate for 2018 is $219 per night + applicable taxes.

The room block cutoff is October 12, 2018. Please note that the group rate and/or rooms may not be available after this date, so book EARLY!
PACA Board and Associate Board Seek Candidates for 2018 Election
Both the PACA Board of Directors and the Associate Board of Directors are seeking candidates for the 2018 election cycle for a 3-year term from 2019 to 2021. Interested candidates should email their interest and qualifications to the appropriate staff liaison.

The PACA Board is open to any member producer of concrete, aggregates and/or cement only. The Associate Board is open to any supplier partner that is a member of PACA.

Please note that the PACA bylaws state "one company, one vote," therefore if there is a representative from your corporate entity currently sitting on the either board, another candidate is ineligible to serve.

Deadline is August 24th to respond.

For the PACA Board, please send your nomination interest to Peter Vlahos.

For the Associate Board, please email Kallie Kline.
Environmental News
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Environmental News
ORSANCO Contemplates Eliminating Its Pollution Standards
The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) is debating whether to eliminate its pollution control standards. ORSANCO is an interstate commission that monitors the Ohio River's health overseeing an agreement between eight states and the federal government with watersheds draining into the Ohio River. Member states include: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Last month the Commission voted to discuss the proposal of dropping its pollution standards and take public comment on the proposal. States are required to maintain water quality standards that meet minimum Clean Water Act Standards. The Commission's proposal puts forth the idea that the states are already required to maintain water quality standards, are effectively applying the standards, and don't need the additional input from the Commission.

Obviously this is not going over well with the environmental industry.

No decision has been made and the earliest any decision could possibly be made is the next meeting on October 4 in Lansing, West Virginia.
Environmental News
Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Update
On August 6, 2018, a press briefing was held by the PA Department of Agriculture, USDA, and Penn State University regarding the Commonwealth's efforts to eradicate the spotted lanternfly. Spotted lanternflies are beginning to enter the adult phase of their lifecycle around this time of year.

Since February, USDA has opened four field offices in Pennsylvania with 35 staff members. The offices are located in Easton, Lancaster, Glenside and Meyersville and when fully staffed, 96 people will be working to combat the pest.

The above coalition members urge homeowners to:

  • Visit PSU’s spotted lanternfly website because it is the primary source for information concerning the species.
  • Take the spotted lanternfly permit training and exam.
  • Keep car windows up when driving through the quarantine region and wash vehicles after.
  • Destroy spotted lanternfly egg masses.
  • Put sticky bands on trees to catch spotted lanternfly nymphs.
  • Remove ailanthus trees (Tree of Heaven) from properties with a certified professional.
  • Contact 1-888-4BAD-FLY to report spotted lanternflies.
Environmental News
DEP Mining Electronic DMRs
DEP's Mining Program has been working to implement the Electronic Discharge Monitoring Report (eDMR) application to comply with EPA’s Electronic Reporting rule for NPDES permits. After several months of effort, the application for eDMR submission for mining is ready and several companies have been registered. eDMRs were successfully received for the second quarter for 8 permits.

Registration for eDMR for mining-related NPDES permits is managed at a company level. Each company/permittee will have an Electronic Filing Administrator (EFA) who can designate other registered users to prepare or view eDMR data. The EFA will be responsible to submit the eDMRs. A company can have more than one EFA. As part of the registration process, the limits will be provided to the permittee from the database to confirm that the data is correct before the eDMRs are set up.

The Department uses the Greenport as the portal to the electronic applications:

In order to register as an EFA for a company/permittee, the following registration form must be completed and submitted (a paper copy with a “wet signature” is needed in order to comply with federal requirements):

The form must be signed by the user and appropriate officials from the company/permittee. This is similar to the form used for the ePermitting application. When DEP gets the signed form, it will send a spreadsheet showing the limits for each outfall and permit for the company/permittee. This will assure that the limits in the database match your records before getting to the submission process.

Other users (preparers and viewers) may register using this form:

This form should be provided to the EFA (not the Department) for their records.

Once all the registrations are taken care of, the eDMR tool is accessible via the Greenport. A recorded webinar is available demonstrating the use of eDMR for mining. This webinar is available on the web page at (it is at the bottom of the web page):

For convenience, a new web page for eDMR for mining has been created (the webinar and instructions for the EFA form are included here):

The DEP Help Desk is available to assist users if there are questions or problems with the registration process or the use of the eDMR. They are available at the DEPGreenPort Service desk at 717.787.HELP (717.787.4357) between the hours 7:30AM-5:00PM Monday-Friday.

Should you have any questions, contact Josie Gaskey.
Environmental News
DEP Aggregate Advisory Board Tours Thomasville Quarry
DEP’s Aggregate Advisory Board met on August 8, 2018 at the Thomasville Quarry in York. Thomasville is owned by Pennsy Supply, a CRH COMPANY.

The Aggregate Advisory Board's summer meeting typically has a tour of a noncoal facility after the regular meeting. The agenda and associated materials can be found below.

The next meeting is scheduled for November 7 in Harrisburg at DEP's Central Office. Any questions, please contact Josie Gaskey.

Promotion News
As reported by Ken Crank, PACA's Director of Concrete Promotion.
Promotion News
Ready Mixed Concrete Production Statistics Updated Through May 2018
The estimated ready mixed concrete produced in May 2018 is 34.5million cubic yards, 6.5% higher than that in May 2017. The estimated production in the U.S. for 2018 through May is 135 million cubic yards, 3.6% higher than that during the same period in 2017.

Ready mixed concrete production is estimated from cement shipments reported by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Promotion News
SpecifyConcrete Website Adds Pervious Concrete Blog Post
Our most recent blog, which discusses pervious concrete, has been posted on our concrete promotion website: Managing Stormwater Run-off With Pervious Concrete.

Today's parking lot projects often face stringent environmental requirements regarding water runoff. There is also a frequent desire to optimize land use in a way that improves your return on investment (ROI). One of the best ways to deal with stormwater runoff is to reduce its volume through the use of pervious pavement.

We are always looking for topics to address in our blogs. If you have one that you think would be of interest, please contact Ken Crank.
Advocacy News
As reported by Peter Vlahos, PACA's President.
Advocacy News
GARA Breakfast with Legislators Series Held at Oakmont Country Club
The Government Affairs and Regulatory Affairs (GARA) west region grassroots event was a productive and engaging event for the members to discuss important industry and business issues with key policymakers. In attendance were 17 members representing the aggregates and concrete industry, along with our business partners in western Pennsylvania who enjoyed a breakfast presentation by House Speaker Turzai and newly elected Representative Tim O’Neal (48th District – Washington County). Companies represented were:

Allegheny Mineral Corporation

Amerikohl Aggregates, Inc.

Austin ServAll Concrete

Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Cohen and Grigsby

ESS NexTier Insurance Group, LLC

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.

Hanson Aggregates

Martin Stone Quarries, Inc.

Murrysville Machinery Co. LLC

New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc.

Schneider Downs & Co., Inc.

Specialty Granules LLC

Stone & Company Inc.

There were plenty of questions raised about the future well-being of our state and industry. Speaker Turzai was amazed to hear that Pennsylvania is 2nd in the country in production of crushed stone and recognized the value and importance of aggregates and concrete in the economic development and transportation of goods across the Keystone state.

Special thanks to Jamie Stilley, Amerikohl Aggregates, for hosting the GARA event at no cost to the members at the beautiful and stately Oakmont Country Club.

For more details about the GARA event or wish to host an event, please contact Peter Vlahos.
Advocacy News
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PACA Wishes to Thank our 2018 Corporate Sponsors!
Thank you to the above companies for their support this year.
PACA Events Calendar
PACA Events Calendar
2019 PACA Events Calendar - Additional Items Being Added
Continue to check our events calendar on our website for upcoming events, registration links, regional mixers, and more!