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PACA Conveyor – Week of June 25, 2020
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PACA News
Kallie
As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
PACA News
PACA Welcomes Tom Ament to Board of Directors
By special election, the PACA Board of Directors added Mr. Tom Ament of Buzzi Unicem USA to its distinguished board roster.

On behalf of all current board members and staff, we welcome Tom aboard!
PACA News
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Celebrating the Holiday
The PACA office will be closed in observance of Independence Day on Friday, July 3rd.

We wish all of our members a safe, happy and healthy holiday weekend.

- Peter, Kallie, Ken, Josie and Jim
PACA News
The Future of PACA Events - Young Leaders Conference & Annual Meeting
COVID-19 strikes again!

This time the casualty is PACA's Young Leaders Development Group Leadership and Team Building Conference, originally scheduled for September 30-October 1 at the Windcreek Hotel and Casino in Bethlehem, PA.

Earlier this week, we were notified by the hotel that they have made the internal decision to cancel all group events for the remainder of the year. We will announce a 2021 reschedule date as soon as we have it.

Looking ahead to November, the status of the Annual Meeting at the Hotel Hershey is pending. Staff has been communicating with the hotel and have a follow up discussion scheduled for early next month. Please stay tuned for more information.

We thank you all for your patience during these crazy times.
Advocacy News
As reported by Hank Butler, PACA's PACA Lobbyist.
Advocacy News
Pennsylvania House Announces New Leadership After Turzai Resignation
With the recent resignation of Speaker of The House, Mike Turzai, the House has announced the following leadership appointments:

  • Speaker of the House - Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster)
  • Majority Leader of the House - Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre)
  • Majority Whip of the House - Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion)
  • Majority Policy Chair - Martin Causer (R-McKean)
The other leaders of the House Republican leadership will remain the same:

  • Majority Caucus Chair - Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery)
  • Majority Caucus Secretary - Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland)
  • Majority Caucus Administrator - Kurt Masser (R-Northumberland)
  • Majority Appropriations Chair - Stan Saylor (R-York)
The House Democratic leadership team remains the same.
Environmental News
Josie
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Environmental News
PACA Environmental Meeting Slated for July 14th
We will be holding the member-only Environmental Community meeting in person on July 14 at 9 a.m. at the Picard Grand Pavilion at Hershey County Club, 1000 E Derry Rd, Hershey, PA 17033. Follow the signs for the Picard Grand Pavilion around the left side of the Country Club building. The Picard Grand Pavilion is a separate building from the Country Club and has french doors on two sides of the room which will be open.

We will be following CDC guidelines including social distancing, wearing masks, taking temperatures, asking questions, no hand shaking, etc. for this meeting. Lunch will be boxed as opposed to a buffet as is our normal practice. We encourage you to bring a mask and hand sanitizer.

We look forward to seeing you. Should you have any questions, contact Josie Gaskey.
Environmental News
Waters of the United States Now In Effect
The Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule went into effect on June 22, 2020 except in Colorado where a Colorado federal judge blocked its implementation. Environmental industry lawsuits against the implementation of this rule continue.

If you have an issue with the Corps or DEP over this issue, please contact Josie Gaskey.
Environmental News
RGGI Update
On June 23rd, the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee chaired by Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Lycoming held a committee hearing to take testimony regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive order 2019-07 dated October 3, 2019, to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). That order had an implementation date of January 1, 2022 with proposed rulemaking due date of July 31, 2020.

As we've indicated previously, both the DEP AQTAC (Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee) and the CAC (Citizen's Advisory Council) failed to recommend moving the proposed rulemaking package forward to the EQB (Environmental Quality Board), because of a lack of economic information and information on how and where the incoming revenue from this program would be spent.

Consequently, on June 23, the Governor issued a revised Executive Order giving the DEP a six-week extension to September 15 to begin the regulatory review rulemaking process.

Should you have any questions, contact Josie Gaskey.
Promotion News
Ken
As reported by Ken Crank, PACA's Director of Concrete Promotion.
Promotion News
Concrete Difference Article - Hot Weather Concreting
It's time to think about concreting in hot weather. We have some guidance for you to follow. Check out our Concrete Difference document on the subject, as well as, the follow up webinar on the same topic. Better yet, pass the information along to a contractor you know.

Concrete, It Just Makes Cents!
Promotion News
New Blogs Posted on Specifyconcrete.org
With over 45 articles posted on it, our blog page contains information on a variety of subjects. The two most recent additions are titled: Innovative Uses of ICF's and ICF's And Net Zero Residential Construction.

We hope you will take the time to read these interesting posts and forward them to your customers.

Concrete, It Just Makes Cents!
Safety & Health News
Josie
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Safety & Health News
MSHA and Miners with Underlying Medical Conditions
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has publshed the latest information regarding COVID-19, which is a two-step factsheet that outlines steps miners with serious underlying medical conditions should undertake to keep safe.

This factsheet can be found here. Should you have any questions, contact Josie Gaskey.
PACA – Building and Connecting Communities
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