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How to Have Your Voice Heard in PACA

PACA is giving all of our members the opportunity to have your voice heard and to shape the future of YOUR association.

PACA will be hosting a networking opportunity for our members with a townhall meeting on ASR and concrete testing issues, along with discussing results of our upcoming membership value survey and more. More information is available HERE. The event will also include the opportunity for grassroots engagement with key legislators and an update from NSSGA's Michele Stanley, Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs, and PACA Lobbyist Hank Butler.

Please join us at this inaugural event on April 17 – 18 at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort as we will address key issues impacting our industry. The voice of our membership is important in this discussion as the feedback with shape the Association’s direction.

We are also planning an antitrust education session by PACA’s legal counsel, Babst Calland, followed by a reception and dinner for much needed networking time outside the Annual Meeting.

All that is available TO ALL PACA MEMBERS for just a $50 registration fee over those two days. Can't make both days? Register to attend the Townhall. This is where we need your voice!

To register to attend, GO HERE.

HOTEL INFORMATION:

While the room block at Bedford Springs has closed, rooms may still be available (HOWEVER the PACA GROUP RATE IS NO LONGER GUARANTEED). If you wish to stay at Bedford Springs, please call (814) 623-8100. Alternative hotels in the area may be found here.

PACA's Next Members Forum Meeting - April 11th

PACA's next Members Forum Monthly Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 11th at 11:00 AM and will be sponsored by Burch Materials & Supplies.

This month's featured speaker is Matt Osenbach, Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, Senator Yaw's Office

The full agenda will be sent via a future email blast.

To participate in this Zoom meeting, please REGISTER HERE.

Today is the Last Day to Register for Tomorrow's Medical Marijuana Webinar

Join Attorney Adele Abrams via Zoom for Medical Marijuana II - a deeper dive into Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana law and its exceptions, on April 20, 2023, at 10:00 AM.

Unfortunately, our registration system is still down. To register for this webinar, please email Kallie Kline with the name of the person participating and their email address.

Penn State Upcoming Mining Conference

Penn State University Mining Engineering is holding a Mine PA conference May 8-10, 2023 in State College at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.

The conference includes presentations on health and safety, environmental protection, critical minerals, and new technologies. Open to everyone, we encourage your participation. Registration for the PSU Mine PA Conference can be found here.

Following the conference, PACA will hold our spring Environmental Meeting in State College at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center May 11. Open to PACA members only, registration for this meeting can be found here.

Should you have any questions, contact Josie Gaskey.

Regulatory News

PA DEP Noncoal Mining Regulation Chapter 77

An agenda item on the April 11th PA DEP Environmental Quality Board (EQB) meeting is the revised 25 PA Code Chapter 77 Noncoal Mining regulation. Work on this rulemaking package has been ongoing for four years and the final approval rulemaking package will need to be adopted by the EQB at this April meeting or we start all over.

PACA and the Aggregate Advisory Board support moving forward with this package.

The EQB is a public meeting and the virtual meeting link can be found here on the top of the agenda. Supporting documents re Chapter 77 revisions can be found here.

Should you have any questions, contact Josie Gaskey.

New PA DEP Special Deputy for Environmental Justice Named

Fernando Treviño has been named as the PA DEP Special Deputy for Environmental Justice. Mr. Treviño’s career has been primarily as a political activist and organizer with a “focus on working with vulnerable and underrepresented communities, advocating for immigrants’ rights, and empowering communities of color to have a voice in the political process and government.”

He worked for President Obama’s reelection campaign organizing core constituency groups before becoming a U.S. citizen in 2012 and then voting for former President Obama in that 2012 election. Before deciding to run for Philadelphia City Council in 2019, where he was backed by the Teamsters, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Latino Victory Fund, Treviño spent a year consulting for political campaigns in Central and South America, including presidential races in Bolivia and Paraguay, and a senatorial race in Puebla, Mexico. He failed to get elected to City Council.

Mr. Treviño graduated from The Autonomous University of Nuevo León in northeastern Mexico with a law degree and followed with a Certificate on International and Comparative Law from Temple University’s law school.

More information can be found on his LinkedIn page. Info regarding his attempt to run for Philadelphia City Council can be found here.

Should you have any questions, contact Josie Gaskey.

New NIOSH Mine Research Facility to be Built

The CDC has acquired a site in Mace, West Virginia for a new facility that will focus on the mining industry and advance the agency’s research capabilities. The new National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Underground Mine Safety and Health Research Laboratory will support research programs focused on miner safety and health issues.

The acquired site includes approximately 465 acres located off U.S. Route 219 in Randolph and Pocahontas Counties near Mace, West Virginia, and will replace the former Lake Lynn Experimental Mine in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. The new facility will allow NIOSH to once again conduct full-scale mine explosion studies, support research on various topics such as refuge alternatives and fire suppression and address other issues critical to the safety and health of mine workers.

In March 2023, CDC will begin the planning, design, and construction process for the underground mine safety research facility. They anticipate the facility to be completed approximately three years after construction begins.

Should you have any questions, contact Josie Gaskey.

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