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PACA Conveyor – Week of September 16, 2021
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Hall of Fame and Concrete Award Nominations Due TOMORROW
As a reminder, nomination forms for both the Ambassadors of the Industry Hall of Fame and the Excellence in Concrete Recognition Awards are due TOMORROW, September 23rd.

Nomination criteria, forms, etc. are available on our website HERE.
Certification News
As reported by Jim Casilio, P.E., PACA's Director of Technical Services.
Certification News
PennDOT Concrete Field Technicians Certifications 2022 Virtual Classes Announced
Below is the link to the schedule and registration information for the 2022 Concrete Field Technician Certification Classes.

Classes begin in January and will all be held virtually. Twenty-one classes are scheduled, each with a limit of 125 seats per class. They will conclude in early April.

Certifications that were due to expire in 2020 or 2021 were extended. These extensions will expire upon the completion of the 2022 class season. Now is the time to register to get your recertification, or if needed, your initial certification.
Environmental News
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Environmental News
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)
On September 1, the IRRC (Independent Regulatory Review Commission) approved the regulation for Pennsylvania to participate in RGGI by a vote of 3 to 2.

This final-form rulemaking includes a declining annual CO2 emissions budget, which starts at 78 million tons in 2022 and ends at 58 million tons in 2030. This is anticipated to reduce CO2 emissions in Pennsylvania by 31% compared to 2019. The declining annual CO2 emissions budget is equivalent to the CO2 allowance budget, which is the number of CO2 allowances available each year.

The regulatory package will now be reviewed by the PA General Assembly.

Should you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Josie Gaskey.
Environmental News
Waters of the U.S. (Again)
EPA and the Corps have recognized the recent Arizona U.S. District Court’s August 30, 2021 order vacating and remanding the WOTUS rule back to the pre-2015 regulatory process until further notice. As clarification, this is not a remand back to the actual 2015 version, but rather back to the pre-2015 process which includes the 1986 rule and the post-Rapanos guidance.

Should you have any questions, contact Josie Gaskey.
Environmental News
Chapter 105 Alternatives Analysis Technical Guidance Document
The September 4, 2021 PA Bulletin included a new draft Technical Guidance Document regarding 25

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Chapter 105 Alternatives Analysis. This document lays out and expands the requirements when evaluating an alternative analysis in the application for a Chapter 105 Water Encroachment and Obstruction permit. The draft outlines the context of what an alternatives analysis is and when it must be completed, the difference between alternatives analysis for the Department versus for federal NEPA, and outlines the components of an alternatives analysis.

This is in response to an EHB stipulated settlement agreement among DEP and several green groups (the Clean Air Council, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Mountain Watershed Association, DEP and Sunoco) regarding perceived deficiencies and inconsistencies in permit applications submitted and issued in 2015 for the Sunoco Mariner East 2 pipeline projects. Comments are due October 4, 2021.

If anything in this draft Technical Guidance Document poses a problem for your operations, contact Josie Gaskey.
Environmental News
Spotted Lanternfly Compliance Checks
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced their Spotted Lanternfly Compliance and Enforcement Team will be conducting spotted lanternfly permit and inspection record checks for businesses in Allegheny, Beaver, and Westmoreland Counties beginning on September 20. Please note these checks are occurring in other counties as well.

Businesses that operate or do business in quarantined counties are required to obtain a free permit which requires you to maintain training for your employees and permits in all your vehicles. Violators of permit requirements are subject to up to $300 per violation plus associated court costs.

Should you have any questions, contact Josie Gaskey.
Events News
As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
Events News
There is Still Time to Register for the PACA Young Leaders Conference - Record Attendance Already!
While the discount rates have now expired, that does not mean that registration for the PACA Young Leaders Development Group's (YLDG) Leadership and Team Building Conference in Bethlehem has closed. The registration will officially close on September 24th.

PACA's YLDG Conference is for any PACA member company employee ages 40 and under - or those who have attended past YLDG events, but have surpassed the age of 40. The conference is scheduled to take place on September 29-30 at the Wind Creek Hotel and Casino, Bethlehem, PA.

We are pleased to announce that we have already hit record attendance for this event with over 50 people attending! We want to see those numbers continue to grow, so consider registering today.

The agenda includes the following presentations:

Session One:

How to Use Gallup’s CliftonStrengths to Benefit Your Career and Your Team’s and Organization’s Success

Speaker – Jennifer Hayes Housel

90% of Fortune 500 companies have used the Strengths process to maximize positive impact and boost profits. Individuals, partners, families and teams gain awareness of and appreciation for differing and complementary ways to achieve success. Learn how you can leverage this tool to bring a powerful strengths-based approach to your career, your family, your team and your organization.

Session Two:

Leading From Within the Pack

Speaker – Gary Rupert

Leadership is a position. Leading is an action. This presentation will encourage emerging leaders to start where they are, use the skills they currently possess and do what they can to influence others in moving forward. Attendees will learn that leadership is a choice you make, not a place you sit. We will explore the stages of influence and identifying leadership opportunities. And, we will learn to identify, encourage and support emerging leaders.

A significant piece of the mission and purpose of the YLDG is community service, allowing more time for team building and camaraderie while helping the local area or a local charity. This year, following breakfast on day two, the group will head to several local parks in the Bethlehem area to clean up, assist with some fixing up and more.

If all this doesn't entice you to register or to register your employees to participate, how about the opportunity to mix, mingle and spend time with colleagues, PACA staff and our Chairman of the Board, Bob Housel, Masters RMC, Inc.

Register TODAY!
Events News
Next PACA Members Forum To Feature Pat Baer of PennDOT
The next PACA Members Forum is scheduled on Tuesday, September 28th at 11:00 AM. This forum will feature Ms. Pat Baer of PennDOT's Laboratory and Testing Section.

Pat has asked PACA members to submit any questions you may have for her in advance and she will answer them live during her presentation.

To submit questions for Pat, please email Jim Casilio.
Events 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
MSHA Powered Haulage
The September 9th Federal Register included a notice from the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) regarding their September 9, 2021 proposed rule to require that mine operators with six or more miners develop and implement a written safety program for mobile and powered haulage equipment at surface mines and surface areas of underground mines.

The proposed rule would allow mine operators the flexibility to devise their own safety program to reduce accidents, injuries, and fatalities related to this equipment. The new sections in 56 and 57 would require a responsible person with authority to evaluate and update a written safety program. Surface mobile equipment is defined as wheeled, skid-mounted, track-mounted, or rail-mounted equipment capable of moving or being moved, and any powered equipment that transports people, equipment or materials at surface mines and in surface areas of underground mines. This does not include belt conveyors.

When this proposed rule is passed as final, you would need to designate a responsible person and develop and implement a written safety program for your surface mobile equipment within 6 months after the effective date of the final rule.

The plan would need to include four types of actions that mine operators would take in order to reduce accidents, injuries, and fatalities. These actions include:

  • --identify, collect, and review information about hazards at their mines and then develop plan.
  • --develop and maintain procedures and schedules for routine maintenance and on-routine repairs for surface mobile equipment
  • --require operators to develop and maintain procedures and schedules for routine maintenance and non-routine repairs for surface mobile equipment integrating manufacturer’s recommendations into the safety program.
  • --For mines with five or fewer employees that would not be subject to this proposed rule, MSHA’s EFSMS (small mine services) would provide assistance to operators who are interested in developing a safety program.

Comments are due November 8 and PACA will be coordinating with NSSGA and others on comments.

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