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PACA Conveyor – Week of February 8, 2018
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2. Promotion News
3. Environmental News
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5. Did You Know?
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PACA News
Kallie
As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
Promotion News
Ken
As reported by Ken Crank, PACA's Director of Concrete Promotion.
Environmental News
Josie
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Environmental News
PA DEP Mine Permit Application Fees
The PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has proposed changes to amend 25 PA Code Chapter 77, (Section 77.106) relating to noncoal mining permit application fees in the February 3 PA Bulletin. This proposed rulemaking increases noncoal mining permit application fees and annual permit administration fees to “provide funds necessary for the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) to administer the noncoal mine program.”

The fees are increasing in three phases with the first phase (assuming the rulemaking goes final) effective on January 1, 2019. Phase 2 would take effect two years after that and Phase 3 would take effect two years after Phase 2. As an example, the current application fee for a large surface mine with groundwater pumping is $22,225. Over the three phases, it would eventually increase to $29,500. Note also the Annual Administrative Fees will be increasing as well as small noncoal mine application fees. The major reason the fees are increasing is due to salary and benefit cost increases and the failure to account for the appropriate indirect and overhead costs in the previous fee package in 2010.

After the three phases are in place (year 7), there will be an ongoing fee adjustment factor every two years based on the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Cost Index for State and Local Government Compensation. Any adjustment to fees based on this index or any other similar index, would be in increments of $25. This subsection also includes the requirement to review fee adjustments with the Aggregate Advisory Board and to publish the final fee adjustments in the PA Bulletin.

Public comments are due by March 5. These fees cover nearly 100 percent of the Noncoal Mining Program with NO GENERAL FUND MONIES (i.e., your PA tax dollars) supporting this program. The previous statement is a worthy talking point for any of your discussions with legislators, communities and the general public.

Should you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to contact Josie Gaskey.
Safety & Health News
Josie
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Did You Know?
PACA Events Calendar
Kallie
As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
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!
Job Postings
Kallie
As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
Job Postings
Post Your Employment Ads on PACA's Website
If you have a job posting you would like to add to our website, please contact Kallie Kline. This is a free service for all PACA member companies.
Job Postings
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Upcoming Certification Programs
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Job Postings
Community
PACA Community Meetings - Join Us!
PACA community meetings are open to ALL PACA member company employees.

This year's community meeting schedule to date is below. Links will take you to the registration page.
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