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PACA Conveyor – Week of March 5, 2020
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PACA News
Kallie
Meetings, Events & Certification News
As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
Meetings, Events & Certification News
March PACA Events
Open to PACA member companies' personnel only.

  • March 3 - Eastern Region Combined (Aggregates, Concrete & Cementitious Materials) Technical Community Meeting - East Norriton, PA - REGISTER
  • March 5 - Concrete 101 - Meadville, PA - REGISTER
  • March 9-10 - Aggregate Certification Exam - Harrisburg, PA - REGISTER
  • March 23-24 - Aggregate Certification Exam - Harrisburg, PA - REGISTER
  • March 23-24 - Adhesive Anchor Installer Certification Exam - Lititz, PA - REGISTER
  • March 24 - Concrete 101 - Hollidaysburg, PA - REGISTER
  • March 25-26 - Concrete Field Testing Technician - Grade I Certification Exam - Leesport, PA - REGISTER
  • March 26 - Concrete 101 - Allentown, PA - REGISTER
Meetings, Events & Certification News
Agenda Announced for PACA Combined Technical Community Meetings
Below is the agenda and registration link for next week’s Western and the following week’s Eastern Technical Communities meetings.

Featured discussions and presentations include:

  • Working Towards a new Skid Resistance Level Rating system (SRL) - report from members of the SRL Subcommittee of the AQIC.
  • Demonstration of an affordable and easy way to monitor the curing of test cylinders - live demonstration of one of the easy temperature recording and reporting systems
  • Presentation on using Portland- Limestone Cement (PLC or IL) - Portland Limestone cement (PLC or Type 1L) is now approved for use and available throughout Pennsylvania. Members of our Cementitious Materials Technical Community will present information on the use of and advantages of this product.
  • Reports from the AQIC, Concrete QIC and CMQIC.
  • Pub 408 rewrite changes and discussion of items from PennDOT LTS
Regional DME’s and PennDOT QA personnel have confirmed their attendance for the regional meetings.

TOMORROW, February 21st, is the registration for the February 25th Western PA meeting at the Doubletree Pittsburgh-Cranberry in Mars, PA. To register, go here.The final Spring Combined Technical Community Meeting is as follows:

Eastern PA - March 3, 2020

Associated Builders and Contractors, East Norriton, PA 19403

To register, please click here.

April 2020, we will have standalone Technical Community Meetings in the Harrisburg area. These meetings will start at 9:00am and conclude by 2:00 pm.

The dates and locations are:

PACA Aggregates Technical Community Meeting - April 8, 2020

Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey, PA 17033

To register, please click here.

PACA Concrete Technical Community - April 16, 2020

Hershey Country Club, Hershey, PA 17033

To register, please click here.

PACA Cementitious Materials Technical Community - April 22, 2020

Hershey Country Club, Hershey, PA 17033

To register, please click here.
Meetings, Events & Certification News
PACA to Hold ACI Flatwork Finisher Exam in Wilkes-Barre
PACA will be hosting an ACI Concrete Flatwork Associate, Finisher, Advanced Finisher certification exam at the Holiday Inn Wilkes Barre - East Mountain, Wilkes-Barre, PA on April 6, 2020.

Seating is limited, so please register at your earliest convenience to participate. Cost to a PACA member company employee is $360.
Meetings, Events & Certification News
Email Blasts
Thank you to Our 2020 Corporate Sponsors!
PACA wishes to thank our 2020 Corporate Sponsors for their continuing support this year!

  • ASGCO Complete Conveyor Solutions
  • Babst Calland
  • Burch Materials & Supplies
  • Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co., Inc.
  • Commonwealth Equipment Corporation
  • Conviber, Inc.
  • Hoyt Wire Cloth/Lumsden Corp.
  • Kemper Equipment, Inc.
  • Master Builders Solutions
  • Maurer & Scott Sales, Inc.
  • Mellott Company
  • Murrysville Machinery Co. LLC
Kallie
Communications News
As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
Communications News
Check Us Out on Social Media!
Learn all the latest by checking out PACA on our various social media platforms:

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pacaweb/

Twitter

https://twitter.com/RocksBuildPA

https://twitter.com/PaAggConAssn

https://twitter.com/ConcreteForPA
Communications News
New Website
PACA Soaring to New Heights the Week of March 12th
It's coming!

The big reveal!

The big launch!

We will announce take off on Thursday, March 12th - watch your email inbox for the huge announcement.
Communications News
Mixer Rodeo Championship Logo
Drivers & Sponsors Wanted for 2020 PA Mixer Driver Truck Rodeo Championship
Have you heard the news - the 2020 PA Mixer Driver Rodeo Championship is scheduled for May 9, 2020 in Pleasant Gap, PA.

The winning driver and the spouse will win an all-expense paid trip to the National Mixer Driver Rodeo Championship in Denver, CO, hosted by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association. All drivers receive a swag bag including a shirt and other giveaways.

Of course, to make this all happen, both drivers to participate and sponsors are needed to pull off a successful, fun day highlighting a key segment of the industry - our drivers!
Josie
Environmental News
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Environmental News
12 Additional Quarantined Counties for Spotted Lanternfly
On March 3, 2020, the PA Department of Agriculture announced they had added 12 counties to PA’s Spotted Lanternfly quarantine zone, making a total of 26 counties with a quarantine for this invasive species. It should be noted that the Lanternfly has not completely infested these 12 counties, but the Department of Agriculture is placing a quarantine on the entire county. See this map of quarantine zones.

Businesses operating in the quarantine zone must have permits to move equipment and goods within and out of the zone. If you operate your business in, or travel through quarantined counties, you are required to obtain a Spotted Lanternfly permit. To obtain this permit, you must have someone pass the free online test and then that person will train your employees. When you register for this online course, you will need to enter the legal name of your company or agency and the number of company vehicles requiring permits. It is recommended that you add an additional number of vehicles to allow for any expansion of your operations.

If you would like assistance with the test, or have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact Josie Gaskey.
Environmental News
DEP Impoundment Certifications
25 PA Code Chapter 77.531 regulations require that all impoundments be certified by a professional engineer or professional land surveyor following construction. This is not a new regulation and is a one-time requirement. DEP has notified us of several changes regarding impoundment certifications that will be effective September 1, 2020. They have indicated operators have received/are receiving notice of these changes. Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) BMP-008 outlines this in more detail. Note that DEP is working on a revision to the SOP that will clarify that pit sumps are not subject to the certification requirements.

(Also, there are similar certification requirements in 87.112, 89.101 and 90.112, coal and coal refuse, but with some differences, including a requirement for this certification to be done annually.)

Should you have any questions or encounter difficulties, don't hesitate to contact Josie Gaskey.
Environmental News
DEP Water Supply Replacement Bond Rates
In the February 22, 2020 PA Bulletin, DEP Mining indicates the rates that are to be used to calculate bond amounts for water supply replacement O&M costs for coal (anthracite and bituminous) and industrial mineral mining operations. These are the rates that are used to calculate water supply O&M bond amounts when mining operations require replacement water supplies. As information, Technical Guidance Document No. 562-4000-102 is the document used for these calculations.

DEP uses five-year averages to calculate the rates of inflation and return using the Consumer Price Index (Northeast Urban). For calendar years 2015-2019, the inflation rate is 1.31 percent and the interest rate for that same averaging period results in a rate of 2.57 percent.

The rates in this notice become effective April 1, 2020.

Josie
Safety & Health News
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Safety & Health News
Ready Mix Concrete, OSHA and Silica
In 2016, OSHA issued two new standards for RCS (respirable crystalline silica) – one for general industry and maritime (29 CFR § 1910.1053) and one for construction (29 CFR § 1926.1153). The 2016 standards established a new action level of 25 µg/m3, and a new PEL (permissible exposure limit) of 50 µg/m3, both calculated as 8-hour total weighted averages. The standards also required employers to take other steps to protect workers from silica hazards.

OSHA recently published a National Emphasis Program (NEP) directive regarding respirable crystalline silica. The link describes the policies and procedures OSHA will use to implement the NEP to identify and reduce or eliminate worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) in general industry, maritime, and construction. Based on information OSHA analyzed from 2008 to 2017 and the employee overexposures they found, OSHA decided to issue this directive.

NEPs are programs that focus OSHA’s attention on specific hazards. Additionally, the NEP targets specific industries expected to have the highest exposures to respirable silica. Ready mix concrete is one of these targeted industries. The goal of this NEP is to significantly reduce or eliminate worker exposures to RCS and, therefore, control the health hazards associated with such exposures. Because of the potential hazards associated with RCS, this is a mandatory state plan program.

You may want to review your in-house silica control program in case of potential increased inspection efforts. Should you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to contact Josie Gaskey.
Job Postings
Kallie
Job Postings
As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
Job Postings
Meckley's Limestone Seeks Quality Control Manager
Meckley's Limestone Products, Inc., located in Herndon, PA, is seeking applications for their QUALITY CONTROL MANAGER position.

Level II Blacktop Certification preferred, but not required.

Meckley’s Limestone offers a full benefit package with medical, dental, vision, disability and a 401(k) plan. EOE. Apply in person or send, fax or e-mail resumes by March 17th to PO Box 503, Herndon, PA, 17830, or by email to [email protected]'s.com.
Members in the News
Kallie
Members in the News
As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
Members in the News
Skelly and Loy Earns National Recognition Award for Exemplary Engineering
Skelly and Loy, Inc., of Harrisburg, Pa., has earned a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 53rd annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) for preparing an environmental assessment for the I-83 North York, Pa., Widening Project.

The assessment provides a comprehensive, yet concise examination of the many complex issues involved with the proposed five-mile widening and interchange improvement project in York County. Prepared for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the document is designed to be reader-friendly and understandable, taking into consideration that most members of the public don’t have the training to accurately interpret highly technical information.

Supported by digital technical files, the document incorporates visually appealing infographics, maps, photos, and text boxes to enhance readability while retaining its viability as a defensible legal document. The assessment offers a benchmark for enhancing the public’s role in evaluating and shaping major infrastructure projects, which has long been a fundamental tenet of federal environmental regulations and similar project approval processes.

The project is eligible for additional honors as part of a record 203 entries this year representing engineering excellence from throughout the nation and the world. Judging for the awards program—known industry-wide as the “Academy Awards of the engineering industry”– took place in February and was conducted by a national 35-member panel of built environment leaders, along with experts from government, the media and academia. Award criteria focused on uniqueness and originality, technical innovation, social and economic value, and generating excitement for the engineering profession.

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) is the business association of America’s engineering industry, representing more than 5,200 independent engineering firms and more than 600,000 professionals throughout the United States engaged in the development of America’s transportation, water and energy infrastructure, along with environmental, industrial and other public and private facilities. Founded in 1906 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., ACEC is a national federation of 52 state and regional organizations.

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