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PACA Conveyor – Week of January 10, 2019
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PACA News
Kallie
As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
PACA News
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2019 PACA Membership Updates
Welcome to the NEW YEAR! We hope you had a festive, safe and happy holiday season.

But now, it's back to business as usual.

Don't forget to check out our Calendar of Events online as we have continually been adding items to the list - technical community meetings, environmental community meetings, ACI exams, concrete-related workshops, Concrete 101 and 201, a Introduction to Concrete class and MORE!

Other January happenings - MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS! Official representatives of all of our Associate partner companies have already received their renewal information via email including a link to their 2019 dues invoice. Payments must be made by no later than January 15th to continue receiving membership benefits. Reminders emails are forthcoming. PRODUCER MEMBER official representatives - over the next few days, you will be receiving your 2019 membership renewal form and dues calculation form via email from Kallie Kline. If you do not receive it by Friday, January 18th, please contact Kallie. Forms will be due by February 15th.

Know a company who is not currently a PACA member, but should be? 2019 Membership application forms are ready and available by emailing Kallie Kline. A list of current member companies as of year end 2018 is available on our website.

Don't forget to mark your calendars for our two largest membership meetings of the year - the Summer Summit and the Annual Meeting. Summer Summit will once again be held at Nemacolin Woodland Resort from June 23-25, and Annual Meeting is back at the Hotel Hershey on November 18-19.

And... finally.... a BIG THANK YOU to our 2018 Corporate Sponsors (shown above) - ALL have renewed their sponsorships for 2019. Stay tuned for updated sponsorship listings in the next edition of the Conveyor!
Advocacy News
Josie
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Advocacy News
Legislative Committee Chairs 2019-20 Legislative Session
The Pennsylvania General Assembly’s 2019-20 legislative session has started. Below are the new standing committee chairs of interest to PACA members.

House Republicans:

Agriculture and Rural Affairs - Rep. Martin Causer

Environmental Resources and Energy - Rep. Daryl Metcalfe

Game and Fisheries - Rep. Keith Gillespie

Labor and Industry - Rep. Jim Cox

State Government - Rep. Garth Everett

Transportation - Rep. Tim Hennessey

House Democrats:

Agriculture and Rural Affairs - Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski

Environmental Resources and Energy - Rep. Greg Vitali

Game and Fisheries - Rep. William Kortz

Labor and Industry - Rep. Patrick Harkins

State Government - Rep. Kevin Boyle

Transportation - Rep. Mike Carroll

Senate Republicans:

Agriculture & Rural Affairs - Sen. Elder Vogel, Jr.

Environmental Resources & Energy - Sen. Gene Yaw

Game & Fisheries - Sen. Dan Laughlin

Labor & Industry - Sen. Camera Bartolotta

State Government - Sen. Mike Folmer

Transportation - Sen. Kim Ward

Senate Democrats:

Agriculture & Rural Affairs - Judy Schwank

Environmental Resources & Energy - John Yudichak

Games & Fisheries - James Brewster

Labor & Industry - Christine Tartaglione

State Government - Anthony Williams

Transportation - John Sabatina, Jr.

Should you have any questions or comments, contact Josie Gaskey.
Environmental News
Josie
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Environmental News
DEP More Class A Stream Redesignations
The Clean Water Act requires states to periodically review and revise, as necessary, their water quality standards. The Department is proposing changes to 25 PA Code Chapter 93 as a result of stream evaluations conducted by the Department in response to a submittal of data from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (FBC).

The proposed regulations include High Quality stream redesignations in the Delaware, Susquehanna and Ohio River basins in the counties of Berks, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Indiana, Lycoming, Lackawanna, McKean, Somerset, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wayne. See .pdf page 5 here for the exact streams that are being proposed to be redesignated. The majority of these redesignations are the entire stream. The evaluations can be found here beginning on .pdf page 5—click on the stream name to see the actual FBC report. None of these reports indicate when/whether stocking has occurred. An Addendum that includes maps of these streams can be found here.

Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Josie Gaskey.
Environmental News
DEP Increasing Fees in Additional Programs - Water
On December 18, 2018, the the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Environmental Quality Board (EQB) approved DEP's proposed rulemaking to “increase 25 PA Code Chapters 91 and 92a fees to generate sufficient revenue to support the activities needed to implement an effective Clean Water Program.” This will amount to $7 million in new fees proposed through NPDES permitting and annual fees (Chapter 92a) and $1 million in new fees proposed through WQM permitting (Chapter 91). The fees cover 37 additional positions the Department believes are necessary. Once published, the proposed rule will have a 45-day comment period and one public hearing.

A comparison table of these fees can be found here and note the fees are significantly higher. The required Regulatory Analysis including a “work load analysis” can be found here beginning on .pdf page 43. Additionally, the Department is proposing to adjust fees according to changes to a cost index every two years. However, if this cost index doesn’t cover their costs, they will have the ability to do a new rulemaking package to increase fees.

New/revised draft forms associated with this proposed package can be found here.

Should you have any questions or wish to discuss, contact Josie Gaskey.
Environmental News
Reminder: New Noncoal Mine Permit Fees Take Effect January 2020
Gentle reminder that the new noncoal mine permit fees will take effect next year on January 1, 2020. These fees were last changed in 2012. A summary of the new fees beginning January 1, 2020 can be found here. The increase in these fees is due primarily to overhead and benefits costs of the Mining program. Permit fees go directly to the Noncoal Mining Program and, unlike other programs, the noncoal mining program receives no General Fund monies.

Should you have any questions, contact Josie Gaskey.
Environmental News
DEP Air Quality Program Fees Plus
The December 18, 2018 Environmental Quality Board (EQB) meeting was primarily about increasing DEP permit fees for various programs, including the Air Program.

DEP's proposed amendments to the fee schedules for the Air Program are authorized under Section 6.3 of the Air Pollution Control Act (APCA), which authorizes the EQB to establish fees sufficient to cover the indirect and direct costs of administering the air pollution control plan approval process, operating permit program required by Title V of the Clean Air Act, and the Small Business Assistance programs. If the funds are not sufficient to cover the program costs, EPA ultimately has the option to take over DEP’s program, as well as withdraw Pennsylvania’s federal highway funding (unlikely to happen). Once the fee package is published in the PA Bulletin, it is expected there will be a 60-day comment period along with three public hearings.

This fee package is moving forward now because the Department has indicated a deficit projection in the Air Program beginning 2021-22 and it takes several years to go through the proposed rulemaking process. This program has not previously had a deficit due to the Title V emissions fees monies that the coal-fired electric generating facilities used to provide. However, because emissions have decreased significantly and those plants have gone away, this new package proposes fees that will cover that funding gap. DEP has indicated that even with the loss of coal-fired electric generating facilities, there are still significant Title V responsibilities that must be met. According to DEP, the proposed fee increases will support:

  • The maintenance of staff and add 17 staff (this bullet is the primary use of increased fees),

  • Development of additional electronic permit and fee applications, and
  • Deployment of a mobile inspection platform leading to more efficient compliance inspections and complaint response.
The proposed rulemaking would affect the owners and operators of air sources in Pennsylvania, including all Title V and non-Title V facilities, subject to the plan approval and permitting requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and APCA and implementing regulations, as well as asbestos demolition and renovation contractors. This amounts to approximately 562 Title V permitted facilities, 2,700 permitted non-Title V facilities, and 2,000 environmental remediation contractors.

In general, the following has been proposed:

  • A definition for “synthetic minor facility” has been added.
  • A new section entitled Operating Permit Modifications has been added, establishing procedures for significant operating permit modifications.

  • PA Code Sections 127.702, 127.703, and 127.704 (relating to plan approval fees; operating permit fees under Subchapter F and Title V operating permit fees under Subchapter G) are amended to revise the existing fee structures for plan approval applications and operating permits.

  • New fees are established in Section 127.702 for plan approval applications for plantwide applicability limits and ambient air impact modeling of certain plan approval applications.

  • The annual operating permit administration fee required under Sections 127.703(c) and 127.704(c) is proposed to be replaced with an annual operating permit maintenance fee that would be due on or before December 31 of each year for the next calendar year.
  • Minor amendments are proposed to Section 127.705 to clarify implementation of the Consumer Price Index adjustment.

  • Sections 127.708, 127.709, 127.710, and 127.711 (relating to risk assessment; asbestos abatement or regulated demolition or renovation project notification) for requests for determination, fees for claims of confidential information are added to establish fees to support risk assessment analysis, the submission of asbestos notifications, requests for determination, and claims of confidential information.
  • Section 127.712 (relating to fees for the use of general plan approvals and general operating permits under Subchapter H) is added to allow the Department to establish application fees for the use of general plan approvals and general operating permits for stationary or portable sources.
The Department has prepared what they refer to as a Clean Air Fund Fiscal Analysis and Fee Report. See Tables 17 and 18 beginning on .pdf page 26 of this document for the current and proposed fees. These fees are a staged approach out to the year 2031 and show a significant increase from current fees.

A copy of the proposed Annex A (regulation itself) can be found here.

Should you have any questions or comments or wish to share the impact of these proposed regulations on your company, please contact Josie Gaskey.
Environmental News
Additional DEP Controls for PM2.5 in Nonattainment NSR Program
DEP is proposing to amend 25 PA Code Chapters 121 (general provisions) and 127, Subchapters E and H (new source review and general plan approvals and operating permits) to add requirements for the control of fine particulate matter--PM2.5.

[As background, on August 24, 2016, EPA published a final rule that requires states with nonattainment areas for PM 2.5 to amend their new source review (NSR) regulations to include emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and ammonia as PM2.5 precursors. Federal regulations require all moderate nonattainment area elements to be submitted to the EPA for State Implementation Plan (SIP) approval by no later than 18 months from the date of designation, meaning PA’s was due October 15, 2016. Because they failed to do so, a mandatory 18-month sanction clock began on May 7, 2018. To stop the sanction clock, DEP will need to submit this proposed rulemaking to EPA by November 7, 2019.]

The proposed rulemaking would amend 25 PA Code Sections as follows:

  • Section 121.1 to amend the definitions for the following existing terms to include PM2.5 precursors in the following definitions: 'major facility,' 'regulated NSR pollutant' and 'significant.'
  • Section 127.202 to include references to PM2.5 precursors. In addition, other minor editorial changes are proposed for this section.

  • Section 127.203 to include annual and 24-hour significance levels for PM2.5.

  • Section 127.210 to include offset ratios for VOCs and ammonia as PM2.5 precursors.

  • Section 127.641 to amend the delivery method options for the submittal of applications for general plan approval and operating permits for portable sources.

This proposed rulemaking would apply to owners and operators of new or modified major facilities with emissions of VOCs or ammonia as PM2.5 precursors located within PM2.5 nonattainment areas or that are located within PM2.5 attainment areas and would have a significant impact to a PM2.5 nonattainment area. Allegheny, Delaware, and Lebanon Counties are currently designated as nonattainment areas for PM2.5. However, DEP and the Allegheny County Health Department are in the process of preparing maintenance plans and redesignation requests to submit to the EPA to reclassify Delaware and Lebanon Counties as attainment for the 2012 PM2.5 standard and Allegheny Health Department is preparing an attainment demonstration.

Owners and operators of portable sources would be affected when submitting applications to the Department for a general plan approval or operating permit. Currently, these applications are required to be either hand delivered or transmitted by certified mail return receipt requested. The proposed rulemaking would remove the language on specific requirements and replace it with the ability to submit applications to the Department by any means.

Should you have any questions or comments, please contact Josie Gaskey.
Environmental News
Gov. Wolf Executive Order Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
On January 8, 2019 Governor Tom Wolf signed a new Executive Order (EO) establishing a statewide goal to reduce carbon pollution in Pennsylvania due to inaction on a federal level. The EO works to achieve a 26 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 and an 80 percent reduction by 2050, from 2005 levels.

The EO also establishes the GreenGov Council to set sustainable practices in state government to help achieve the goals set in the EO. The Council will work with all state agencies to reduce energy use in state government and improve the energy efficiency of state buildings and vehicles. It will serve as a central coordinating body to promote the implementation of the EO and the achievement of the following state agency performance goals:

  • Reduce overall energy consumption by 3 percent per year, and 21 percent by 2025, as compared to 2017 levels. (This is in line with the Paris climate agreement. Additionally, PA's air emissions have already been declining for decades and carbon dioxide emissions have decreased over 20 percent between 2005 and 2016.)
  • Replace 25 percent of the state passenger car fleet with battery electric and plug-in electric hybrid cars by 2025.
  • Procure renewable energy to offset at least 40 percent of the commonwealth’s annual electricity use.
The GreenGov Council will also encourage and coordinate the incorporation of environmentally sustainable practices into PA's policy, planning, operations, procurement, and regulatory functions.

Secretaries of the Departments of General Services, Environmental Protection, and Conservation and Natural Resources will co-chair the Council.

PA's 181-page draft Climate Action Plan dated November 2018 can be found here.

Should you have any questions, contact Josie Gaskey.
Promotion News
Ken
As reported by Ken Crank, PACA's Director of Concrete Promotion.
Promotion News
Learn More About Concrete Buildings and Parking Lots
PACA will start 2019 by conducting education events in February and March. Each event will provide 3.5 CEU's to attendees. Those events are described below. We hope you can join us!

CONCRETE The Right Choice for Your Project

February 26, 2019 - King of Prussia

Is there any question why CONCRETE is the world’s most used construction material?

This event promises to address why you should be selecting concrete for your building project needs. If you’re looking for beauty, durability, and sustainability; CONCRETE checks all the boxes.

Making the Business Case for Building with Concrete & Insulated Concrete Forms

There is a strong case to be made for building multi-family residential and commercial buildings and schools. If a building doesn’t last, it wastes a lot of energy, from both a human and a resource perspective, not to mention the economic value.

Durability is the ultimate profitability. Builders are realizing that the promise of low first-cost is insufficient for portfolio value generation. From energy efficiency, lower insurance costs and moisture resistance; barriers to a concrete structure increasingly collapse when industry professionals are equipped with the right design tools and knowledge. This presentation will address the various reasons for and benefits of choosing concrete for your next building project.

Concrete's Role in LEED Projects

Because of its versatility, there are many applications where concrete can be used in a building project - from foundation and superstructure to sidewalks and parking lots.

This presentation provides an understanding of ready mixed concrete products' direct and indirect contribution towards earning credits for a LEED project. Each LEED category will be reviewed with specific attention to Materials & Resources and credits driving product disclosure and transparency.

To learn more, download a registration brochure here. You can also register online here.

CONCRETE PAVEMENTS, The “Centsible” Choice for Your Next Project

March 20th King of Prussia

If you're interested in combining sustainability and long lasting beauty into your parking lot project, your choice should be concrete. Join us for this workshop where we will discuss concrete pavement options and their design and benefits.

ACI 330; the Gold Standard for Concrete Parking Lot Design

What do designers currently use for parking lots?

When asked, most refer to the AASHTO Guide or similar local DOT pavement design guide. And, there are some who design with asphalt by default because “that’s the way we’ve always done it.”

This presentation introduces ACI 330 Guide to Design and Construction of Concrete Parking Lots as the industry standard. The program includes a walk-through of the ACI 330 document and shows how to determine pavement thickness based on three criteria: material strength, soil support and average daily truck traffic (ADTT).

Additionally, common design misconceptions such as aggregate subbase and steel reinforcement are addressed. Proper jointing practices are also discussed.

Concrete Overlays of Asphalt Parking Lots

Parking lot owners need proactive, sustainable pavement preservation and rehabilitation strategies that last longer at reasonable cost. Concrete overlays represent such strategies. With a properly designed and constructed concrete overlay, a distressed or poorly performing asphalt parking lot can be converted into a durable, low maintenance, and long-life parking structure.

This presentation introduces the Guide to Concrete Overlays of Existing Asphalt Parking Lots and explains the overlay process from pavement evaluation through construction and placing the pavement into service.

Additionally, attention is given to special design details such as pavement thickness transitions, manholes/intakes and transition into curbs.

Emerging Concrete Pavement Technologies

You can’t go wrong selecting concrete for paving projects, but you do have concrete options depending on the application.

This presentation provides an overview on those options which include roller compacted concrete, pervious concrete, and the latest innovation; full depth reclamation using cement slurry. We will also introduce the resources available to make your selection process easier.

To learn more, download a registration brochure here. You can also register online here.
Technical News
Jim Casilio
As reported by Jim Casilio, P.E., PACA's Director of Technical Services.
Technical News
Penn State Researcher to Address PACA Technical Community Meeting in Ford City
The feature at our January 23rd PACA Combined Technical Community Meeting will be a presentation by Dr. Farshad Rajabipour about research on the performance of and availability of alternatives sources to flyash and slag cement.

PennDOT DME's, QA, and LTS will join us at both this meeting and our March 12, 2019 meeting.

Meeting schedule and registration information is below.

January 23, 2019

PACA Combined Technical Community Meeting

Lenape Heights Golf Resort, 950 Golf Course Rd., Ford City, PA

Featuring – A Presentation by Dr. Farshad Rajabipour, Penn State University - Performance of Alternative Pozzolans for Concrete

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, this presentation looks 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 are presented. The goal of this presentation is to engage the audience to identify opportunities and obstacles with field implementation of these new materials.

8:30 - 10:30 am - Combined Concrete & Cement Technical Community

10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Regional DME/ DMM, QA, PTC, & PennDOT LTS join us

Presentation by Dr. Rajabipour (10:30 – 11:15)

12:00 - 1:00 pm - Working lunch on topics for all including Pub 40 rewrite - CDGRS join us

1:00 - 1:30 pm - Discussion on DSA with CDGRS personnel

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm - Aggregate Technical with DME/ DMM, LTS, and PTC

2:30 - 4:00 pm - Aggregate Technical Community Meeting

To register for the January 23, 2019 meeting, please click here.

March 12, 2019

PACA Combined Technical Community Meeting

Associated Builders and Contractors, 430 W. Germantown Pike, East Norriton, PA

Featured Technical Presentation – Topic to be Determined

8:30 - 10:30 am - Combined Concrete & Cement Technical Community

10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Regional DME/ DMM, QA, PTC, & PennDOT LTS join us

12:00 - 1:00 pm - Working lunch on topics for all including Pub 40 rewrite

1:00 - 1:30 pm - Technical presentation - topic to be determined.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm - Aggregate Technical with DME/ DMM, LTS, and PTC

2:30 - 4:00 pm - Aggregate Technical Community Meeting

To register for the March 12, 2019 meeting, please click here.
Technical News
Register Now for Concrete 101 & Concrete 201
Register now for - Concrete 101 - Concrete Mix Designs and Concrete 201 - Specialty Concrete Mix Designs

Concrete 101 – Concrete Mix Designs

This class will allow those new to the industry and those who wish to learn more about concrete mix designs an opportunity to design concrete mixes with hands-on guidance from our faculty of industry experts.

Concrete 101

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc. - NESL Pavilion RT 61 - Leesport, PA

Course Schedule

7:30 AM - Registration

8:00 AM - Welcome and Introductions

8:10 AM - The Materials of Concrete

9:00 AM - Admixtures

9:45 AM - Break

10:00 AM - Fibers and Other Additives

10:30 AM - Mix Design Procedures and Examples

12:00 PM - Lunch and Networking with Industry Peers

12:30 PM - Mix Design Projects - Small Group Project

2:00 PM - Presentation and Discussion of Mix Design Projects

3:00 PM - Adjournment

Design & Control of Concrete Mixtures, PCA EB 001, is the required reference for this course.

You may either bring your own copy or purchase a copy through PACA.

Course cost without PCA EB 001: $85

Course cost when ordering PCA EB 001: $160

Concrete 201 – The Next Step in Mix Design Knowledge

Concrete 201 returns for 2019 and, this year, it will be offered at the PennDOT Materials Laboratory.

This class features hands on practice and training from our expert faculty on next level mix design topics including: Lightweight, Slip Form, Pumping Adjustments, High Strength, SCC, Heavyweight, and RCC. The course begins at 8:30 am., and adjourns at 3:00 pm. Lunch will be provided.

Concrete 201 in 2019 will be held:

February 12, 2019

PennDOT Materials Laboratory, 81 Lab Lane, Harrisburg, PA

Design & Control of Concrete Mixtures, PCA EB 001, is the required reference for this course.

You may either bring your own copy or purchase a copy through PACA.

Course cost without PCA EB 001: $110

Course cost when ordering PCA EB 001: $185
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!
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