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PACA Conveyor – Week of October 1, 2021
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Environmental News
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Environmental News
PACA Fall Environmental Meeting
PACA will be holding its fall Environmental meeting at the Hershey Country Club on October 13, 2021. Registration begins at 8:30.

Bill Allen, DEP Director of Mining Programs, will be speaking. This most likely will be his last PACA Environmental meeting before he retires in April 2022.

Should you have any questions, contact Josie Gaskey.
Environmental News
PA DEP PAG-03 Permit Extension
The existing PAG-03 General Permit for Discharges of Stormwater Associated with Industrial Activity expired on September 23, 2021. The Department has extended the availability of this permit while they complete the renewal of the PAG-03 General Permit. Facilities operating under the PAG-03 General Permit may continue to operate until September 23, 2022. During the period of administrative extension, no new coverage under the PAG-03 General Permit may be authorized by the Department.

DEP’s PAG-03 is modeled after EPA’s Multi Sector General Permit and EPA must approve DEP’s PAG-03 usage. On January 15, 2021, EPA issued the 2021 MSGP with an effective date of March 31, 2021. EPA’s 2021 MSGP replaces the 2015 MSGP. The MSGP includes sector-specific requirements for asphalt, concrete, coal, oil and gas, etc., as does DEP’s PAG_03 General Permit.

On July 1, 2021, the Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition with the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The Center is the only petition filed and the time frame for filing petitions expired on July 6, 2021. The petition focuses on EPA’s alleged failure to include permit requirements that address the release of plastics, particularly plastic pellets, in stormwater. The Center is using a National Academies of Science report funded by EPA to support its petition. The Center’s briefs in front of the Court are due by the end of the month and EPA’s answering briefs are due in late October.

We will continue to follow this and work with NSSGA as needed. If you would like to see the EPA documents or the National Academy of Sciences report, contact Josie Gaskey.
Membership News
As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
Membership News
PACA to Hold Virtual Associate Members Town Hall Meeting
Calling all PACA Associate Member business partners.

We would like to invite you to join us for a virtual Town Hall Meeting on October 6, 2021 from 8:30 to 9:30 am via Zoom.

The goals are to hear your feedback on your experience as a PACA member, to promote engagement and involvement by our Associate members, the amplify the benefits of membership in PACA for an Associate member and the partnership with our producer members, and discuss the changes to the upcoming Annual Meeting in Hershey.

The meeting will be led by your Associate Board of Directors Chair and Vice Chair - Paul DeAngelo, Skelly and Loy, Inc., a Terracon Co. and Terry Schmidt, EarthRes Group. Joining them will be PACA's Leadership - Bob Housel, Masters RMC, Inc. (Chairman of the Board); Jeff Detwiler, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc. (Vice Chairman of the Board) and Jamie Stilley, Amerikohl Aggregates (Secretary/Treasurer), as well as, members of the PACA Staff.

New members, long time members - we invite you ALL to join us! If you are unsure of your membership category, you can search your company here. This meeting is for current PACA Associate members only.

Upon registering, you will receive an email confirmation that includes the Zoom information to join in.
Safety & Health News
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Safety & Health News
OSHA and President Biden's COVID order
OSHA is working on standards to implement President Biden’s Sept. 9 announcement that companies (not facilities) with 100 or more employees will be required to ensure their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 or test negative for COVID-19 at least once a week. Additionally, employers must provide employees time off to get vaccinated and to recover from any side effects.

We will keep you up to date, however, it is expected this will be challenged in court.

Should you have any questions, contact Josie Gaskey.
Safety & Health News
OSHA Heat Initiative
On September 20, the Dept of Labor announced OSHA was initiating enhanced measures to protect workers better in hot environments and reduce the dangers of exposure to ambient heat. OSHA is implementing an enforcement initiative on heat-related hazards, developing a National Emphasis Program on heat inspections, and launching a rulemaking process to develop a workplace heat standard. In addition, the agency is forming a National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health Heat Injury and Illness Prevention Work Group to provide better understanding of challenges and to identify and share best practices to protect workers.

The Initiative applies to indoor and outdoor worksites in general industry, construction, agriculture and maritime where potential heat-related hazards exist. OSHA will do several things:

  • Prioritize inspections of heat-related complaints, referrals and employer-reported illnesses and initiate an onsite investigation where possible.
  • Instruct compliance safety and health officers, during their travels to job sites, to conduct an intervention (providing the agency's heat poster/wallet card, discuss the importance of easy access to cool water, cooling areas and acclimatization) or opening an inspection when they observe employees performing strenuous work in hot conditions.
  • Expand the scope of other inspections to address heat-related hazards where worksite conditions or other evidence indicates these hazards may be present.

In October 2021, OSHA will be issuing an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding heat injury and illness prevention in outdoor and indoor work settings. There will be a public comment period.

Should you have any questions, contact Josie Gaskey.
Safety & Health News
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