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PACA Conveyor – Week of December 13, 2018
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2. Environmental News
3. Promotion News
4. Safety & Health News
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As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
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PACA Wishes to Thank our 2018 Corporate Sponsors!
Thank you to the above companies for their support this year.
PACA's 2019 Corporate Sponsor Program - Mark Your Calendar
Attention Conveyor READERS! You've seen their logos in each and every issue of this newsletter - like the article above. You've seen the banner ups with their logos and their tabletops at the Summer Summit and Annual Meeting. It's the 2018 Corporate Sponsors!

Thank you to those companies who participated this year:

  • ASGCO Complete Conveyor Solutions
  • Babst Calland
  • BASF Construction Chemicals
  • Burch Materials & Supplies
  • Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co., Inc.
  • Commonwealth Equipment Corporation
  • Conviber, Inc.
  • Kemper Equipment, Inc.
  • Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC
  • Mellott Company
  • Murrysville Machinery Co. LLC
  • SIKA Corporation
There are so many benefits to being a PACA Corporate Sponsors - and you will find out all about them when the official email comes out on January 3rd announcing the opening of the 2019 program - which will include the pledge form to be returned to PACA. Watch your inbox for more information!

In today’s competitive market, how do you decide where to spend those precious marketing dollars? Your company has to stretch those dollars and decide where you can get the best “bang” for your buck. Therefore, PACA is again offering the Corporate Sponsorship Program in 2019 to help your company be a cut above the rest of your competitors and make your company’s name be first and foremost in the minds of your customers.

This is the only guaranteed annual sponsorship opportunity being offered by PACA that provides unprecedented exposure across the PACA channels and platforms -- communications, meetings, educational events, website and social media. The association does plan to continue its individual meeting sponsorships as in the past, but this sponsorship is the only guaranteed item throughout the entire year of 2019.

Start planning for your sponsorship now. And, watch your email on January 3rd - sponsorships are limited and are secured on a first-come, first serve basis.
Holiday Closures at PACA Headquarters
The PACA office in Harrisburg will be closed the week of December 24th. If you need to reach PACA staff during that time, email is the best form of communication:

Peter Vlahos - [email protected]

Kallie Kline - [email protected]

Ken Crank - [email protected]

Josie Gaskey - [email protected]

Jim Casilio - [email protected]
Environmental News
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Environmental News
EPA and Army Corps Revise WOTUS
On December 11, EPA and the Corps of Engineers rolled out the second step of a two-step process (per President Trump’s February 2017 Executive Order) used to review and revise the definition of “waters of the United States” or WOTUS. This 253-page pre-publication version is generally better than the 2015 version in terms of clarity, but there are several items that we will still want to address in comments. Due to timing and size, we may not see the official version of this proposal for up to a month and are expecting it may be March before comments are due. Once the proposal is published in the Federal Register, a 60-day comment period begins. EPA and the Corps will also hold an informational webcast on January 10, 2019, and will host a listening session on the proposed rule in Kansas City, KS, on January 23, 2019.

Environmental groups have already indicated their intent to sue (surprise!) and most likely this issue will make it to the Supreme Court. This Court, however, is much more conservative than it was for the 2006 Rappanos decision that caused this issue.

Pages 242-253 of the pre-publication document are the actual rule itself, the rest of the document gives you the preamble and explanation. Page 249 lists exemptions. You can find additional information, fact sheet, FAQs here. And more here. Should you have any questions, comments or input, contact Josie Gaskey.
Environmental News
EQB Receives Petition to Reduce Greenhouse Gases
In 1970, when the Commonwealth was setting up its first environmental protection agency, the vision was for an "independent" body to promulgate regulations for what is now the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). That "independent" body was/is the Environmental Quality Board (EQB), which is no longer "independent". (Some say they never were independent.)

EQB is the 20-member board that promulgates all of DEP's regulations. It is chaired by the Secretary of the DEP and includes representatives from eleven state agencies, five members of the Citizens Advisory Council and four members of the Senate and House.

The EQB is also authorized to consider citizen petitions to change regulations.

On November 27th, the Clean Air Council, Widener University Environmental Law and Sustainability Center located in Harrisburg, and over 60 other individuals and groups filed a 407-page rulemaking petition to the EQB to establish a market-based cap-and-trade greenhouse gas emission reduction program designed to eliminate those emissions from major

sources by 2052. DEP has 30 days to determine if the petition meets the requirements for consideration by the EQB. If it is acceptable, it will go to the EQB for a vote on whether the petition should be accepted for study.

The petition is based on California’s greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program and utilizes DEP's 2015 emissions, the latest year with complete data available from the PA State Inventory Tool. The petition proposes to cover 14 different industries that emit 25,000 tons or more of greenhouse gases a year, including cement, iron, lead, petroleum products production, coal mining, electric generating facilities, oil and gas production facilities, suppliers of natural gas and carbon dioxide, and fuel oil and petroleum product distributors.

The petition is proposing the EQB adopt a regulation to cap greenhouse gas emissions from major sources at 2016 levels. The emissions cap would then be reduced by 3 percent annually until emissions are zero from major sources. For each ton of greenhouse gas emission, "allowances" would be created based on the cap. DEP would then auction off most of those allowances or distribute them to the sources covered by the

program. The petition creates a base price for the allowances of at least $10 per ton in 2020, with the price increasing 10 percent per year plus inflation, until it hits the base established by California. Once it hits the California value, the price will track the California value. (Yes, as

a reminder, we are still in Pennsylvania.) After the auction and distribution of allowances, anyone may buy or sell an allowance creating a market for allowable greenhouse gas emissions.

Greenhouse gas emissions in PA have already been significantly reduced as a result of the coal-fired power plant closures and the increase in the use of natural gas to generate electricity.

Also worth noting is DEP’s Climate Change Advisory Committee draft 2018 PA Climate Action Plan and Recommendations, which include overall greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets of a 26 percent reduction in net emissions by 2025 from 2005 levels and an 80 percent net reduction by 2050. These targets are in line with the goals established by the 2015 U.N. Paris Climate Agreement.

Should you have any questions, 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 September 2018
The estimated ready mixed concrete produced in September 2018 is 30.7 million cubic yards, 4.2% lower than that in September 2017. The estimated production in the U.S. for 2018 through September is 271 million cubic yards, 3.1% 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
Hold These Dates for Upcoming Promotion Events!
PACA will be partnering with NRMCA staff to deliver two programs to our industry and the design community in the first quarter of 2019.

The first will be a concrete building focused event scheduled to be conducted at the Valley Forge Hotel and Casino on February 26th.

Our second event will take place on March 20th and will also be located in the aforementioned venue. This event will be pavement focused.

Each program will be 3.5 hours in duration and will provide the appropriate continuing education units. Information will be circulated through our e-mail and social media platforms in the near future.

We hope you will block out these dates and consider sending members of your sales staff.
Safety & Health News
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Safety & Health News
OSHA Announces 2019 National Fall Prevention Outreach Event
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) indicates that falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry, accounting for 37 percent of fatalities industry-wide. To that end, OSHA has announced their fourth annual Fall Prevention Stand-Down event for May 6-10, 2019. The week-long outreach event encourages employers and workers to pause during the workday to discuss fall hazards and how to prevent them. More information can be found here including videos and other safety training materials.
Technical News
As reported by Jim Casilio, P.E., PACA's Director of Technical Services.
Technical News
Educational Presentation at Western PA Combined Technical Meeting by Penn State - More Info on Meetings
High quality and economical fly ash and slag are in short supply and this shortage is forecasted to become more severe in coming years. As a remedy, Dr. Farshad Rajabipour of Penn State University will offer a presentation at the Western PA Combined Technical Communities Meeting (Ford City, PA) which will look at two new sources of locally available pozzolans; calcined clay and FBC fly ash. Research results regarding the properties and performance of these pozzolans in concrete mixtures will be presented. The goal of this presentation is to engage the audience to identify opportunities and obstacles with field implementation of these new materials.

The tentative schedule for the new 2019 Technical Communities Meetings is:

8:30 - 10:30 AM - Combined Concrete and Cement Technical Communities meeting

10:30 AM - Noon – Educational Presentation, Regional DME / DMM, QA, PTC, and PennDOT LTS join PACA members

Noon - 1:00 PM - Working lunch with topics for all including Pub 408 rewrite

1:00 - 2:30 PM - Aggregate Technical Community with Regional DME / DMM, PTC, and PennDOT LTS

2:30 - 4:00 PM - Aggregate Technical Community meeting

The first Combined PACA Technical Communities Meeting for 2019 will be held January 10, 2019 at the Best Western Central Hotel in Harrisburg.

The second will be held on January 23rd at the Lenape Heights Golf Resort in Ford City, PA, which will include the presentation by Dr. Rajabipour.

The third will be on March 12th at the Associated Builders & Contractors Eastern PA in East Norriton, PA.

Educational opportunities are still being sought for the January 10th and March 12th meetings.

Registration for these meetings is available on the PACA website.
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!