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PACA Conveyor – Week of May 14, 2020
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1. PACA News
2. Promotion News
3. Environmental News
4. PACA – Building and Connecting Communities
5. ACTION NEEDED!
6. COVID-19 News

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PACA News
Kallie
As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
PACA News
Virtual Happy Hour
Young Leaders & Young Leaders Alumni Invited to First Virtual Happy Hour Tonight
Are you a PACA member under the age of 40 OR have you attended a Young Leader event in the past, but are now a Young Leader Alumnus/Alumna?

Well, then, grab your favorite beverage, a cup of Joe, a soft drink - whatever your beverage of choice might be and get connected... again... virtually! Let's all meet up online and spread some cheer. Join us tonight from 5:00 - 6:00 PM!

Please register via the link below so that we know who to expect online. The log in link will be provided to those who register.
PACA News
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Reminder - PACA to Host an Online Update by Economist Anirban Basu
Tomorrow, May 15, at 11:00 AM, PACA will host the renowned economist, Anirban Basu, of Sage Policy Group via webinar to provide an update on the global economy, as well as, Pennsylvania-specific data amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 has rocked what had appeared to be a nearly invincible economy; one associated with substantial job growth, multi-decade lows in unemployment, sturdy compensation increases, robust retail sales, low inflation, and strong financial market performance. Underneath that strong performance, however, was a set of fragilities that have been exposed by the pandemic. This webinar speaks to our current economic circumstances, how difficult things are likely to become over the foreseeable future, and the contours of the brisk recovery to come thereafter.

Anirban is Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm in Baltimore. Anirban serves as the chief economist to Associated Builders and Contractors and as chief economic adviser to the Construction Financial Management Association. In 2007 and then again in 2016, Mr. Basu was selected by the Daily Record newspaper as one of Maryland’s 50 most influential people. The Baltimore Business Journal named him one of the region’s 20 most powerful business leaders in 2010.

Mr. Basu will tailor his presentation with Pennsylvania-specific data and provide us with some much-needed forecasts coming just after more and more of the state begins to reopen.

This webinar is free to PACA member company employees (only) due to the generous sponsorship provided by Union Quarries, Inc. Special thanks to them for making this event possible.
PACA News
PACA & K&L Gates to Provide Webinar on COVID-19 Pandemic Insurance-Related Issues
On Wednesday, May 27th, at 11:00 AM, PACA will host John Sylvester and Carolyn Branthoover of K&L Gates, LLP, to answer questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on insurances, insurance policies available, etc.

Topics to be covered are:

  • COVID Pandemic-related insurance issues, including business interruption insurance, property and general liability coverage, pollution liability coverage, workers compensation and employers’ liability coverage issues

  • Issues relating to Additional Insured coverage -- both providing coverage to and receiving coverage from -- business partners

  • Contractual liability coverage as it relates to indemnification obligations to business partners
PACA News
Next Webinar on Media Training Schedule for May 21st
Jill Helsel Gingrich of LATORRE Communications will be delivering a webinar on media and community training on Thursday, May 21 at 2 p.m.

Registration can be found here:
Promotion News
Ken
As reported by Ken Crank, PACA's Director of Concrete Promotion.
Promotion News
Third Concrete Promotion Webcast Available
Two weeks ago we posted Part 1 of a two-part webcast designed to better familiarize industry with the tools and resources available on SpecifyConcrete.org.

Part 2 is now up and available for your viewing. This webcast focuses on the Technical Center page.

In addition to adding the webcast, we have also added several new blog posts to the site:

Please contact Ken Crank with your comments or ideas regarding future blog posts.
Environmental News
Josie
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Environmental News
DEP Chapter 77 Revisions to Move to EQB
At the May 6, 2020 DEP Aggregate Advisory Board, there was a recommendation from the Board to move the Chapter 77 revisions forward to the Environmental Quality Board. The Department is working on the final version of the preamble and also on drafting the Regulatory Analysis, which are parts of the regulatory package. We do not expect to see a proposed reg before late summer.

While we worked with the Department on these revisions, we will be submitting comments on the proposed rulemaking when it is published in the PA Bulletin officially as an official proposed rulemaking package.

Should you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Josie Gaskey.
Environmental News
RACT III to Also Move to EQB
At the May 7, DEP Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee (AQTAC) meeting, a motion was made to approve moving the Department's RACT III (Reasonably Available Control Technology) proposed rulemaking package to the EQB (Environmental Quality Board) by a vote of 16-2-1.

RACT standards are required to be analyzed every time the NAAQS (National Ambient Air Quality Standards) are promulgated for nonattainment areas, which was last done in October 2015. Because PA is part of the Ozone Transport Region, the entire state is treated as a moderate nonattainment area for ozone (even though the vast majority of the state is in compliance), which means RACT is applicable to major sources NOx and/or VOCs statewide that commenced construction on or before August 3, 2018. Three parts of the new proposed regulation are of note:

  • If you have a case-by-case determination for RACT II, the Department has determined that will satisfy the case-by-case requirements of RACT III, but they still need to work with you.

  • For lime kilns, the presumptive RACT III limit would be 4.6 lb NOx per ton of lime produced.
  • Requirements of two Lehigh Cement consent decrees of 3.0 lb NOx per ton of clinker for Evansville and 2.30 lb NOx per ton of clinker for Nazareth are proposed as presumptive NOx RACT. That means these requirements are proposed for all cement kilns. DEP has indicated they will be taking another look at the different types of kilns, but this is what is now in the proposed regs as it moves forward to EQB.
Environmental News
DEP CO2 Trading Program - RGGI
Having Pennsylvania join the multi-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) was the basis of Governor Wolf's Executive Order in October 2019.

At the May 7, 2020 DEP Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee (AQTAC) meeting, a motion was made to move the proposed rulemaking package forward to the Environmental Quality Board (EQB). The vote resulted in a tie and, therefore, there was no recommendation from AQTAC to move forward the proposed rulemaking package. It is anticipated that DEP will most likely continue moving forward without AQTAC’s recommendation.

The proposed rulemaking package and associated information can be found here. Should you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Josie Gaskey.
PACA – Building and Connecting Communities
ACTION NEEDED!
Peter
As reported by Peter Vlahos, PACA's President.
ACTION NEEDED!
ACT NOW to Voice Your Support for Federal Stimulus Money!
PennDOT has announced the cancellation of seven (7) resurfacing projects that have been bid, but not yet awarded, with a total value of $29 million. Those projects are in District 2, District 4 and District 10. In addition, 19 projects advertised in ECMS have been removed from the letting schedule with a total value of $63 million.

PennDOT has stated that those projects will return to the letting program IF funding is received from a federal stimulus package. We need your help to make that happen!

NSSGA, NRMCA and PCA have drafted a letter urging Congress to provide funding to state Departments of Transportation as a backstop for lost revenue due to COVID-19 for transportation and infrastructure projects. PACA, along with our coalition partners, was a co-signatory to a letter asking the PA congressional delegation to support both the AASHTO $50 billion backstop request and pleading for the reauthorization of the FAST Act.

Please take a few moments to fill in your information to deliver a message to Congress with the simple press of the button below. Thank you!
COVID-19 News
Josie
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
COVID-19 News
Additional Construction Questions
We are sharing the following questions with you as information.

Question:

There are issues with individuals wearing masks and safety goggles at the same time. The safety goggles fog up and become a safety hazard. Companies have looked into using a full face shield in lieu of wearing a mask and goggles. This eliminates the fogging issue and is safer for the worksite. OSHA approves this approach.

Is the Administration ok with this process?

Answer from the Governor’s Office (Deputy Chief of Staff):

“A face shield is fine, they may also choose to not use a mask if it makes their work unsafe. Of course, we [the administration] recommend wearing one.

Q. Is it acceptable for workers to remove facial coverings for operations where it would be unsafe to keep in place or to be in compliance with safety requirements?

A. Yes. An employee does not need to wear a mask if it impedes their vision, if they have a medical condition, or would create an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task.

Q. Would a disposable face shield suffice in lieu of a mask?

A. A disposable face shield would suffice in lieu of a mask. Employers may approve masks obtained or made by employees in accordance with guidance on homemade masks found on the Department’s and the CDC’s websites.”
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