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REMINDER: Discount Registration Rates for Annual Meeting to Expire

Just a quick and friendly reminder to register for the Annual Meeting before November 1st to save on registration fees!

To register, GO HERE.

Advocacy News

PACA-PAC CAMPAIGN 2023

Who made the PACA-PAC Honor Roll this year by contributing to PACA's Political Action Committee?

PACA-PAC Honor Roll

2023-2024 GOAL

$250,000

As of October 26, 2023: $130,900

PACA Thanks Our GARA Hosts

Today, we wrapped up our Fall 2023 Government and Regulatory Affairs (GARA) regional breakfasts. Through these events, we have been able to have one-on-one roundtable discussions with nine members of the Pennsylanie Legislature cultivating relationships that could prove to be beneficial and critical to the aggregates, concrete and cement industries in the future.

We would like to thank our hosts for these events as follows:

  • Rod Martin, Martin Stone Quarries, Inc.
  • Jamie Stilley, Amerikohl Aggregates, Inc.
  • Jonathan Byler, Byler Materials Group

Please watch for more information in 2024 for additional GARA opportunities.

Environmental News

Federal Environmental Justice Spending in Pennsylvania

On October 24, 2023, EPA announced $5,328,827 to fund eight projects across Pennsylvania that advance environmental justice as part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda. The organizations are to use the funds to ensure disadvantaged communities that have historically suffered from underinvestment have access to clean air, clean water and climate resilience solutions in alignment with the Administration's Justice40 Initiative. The funding is as follows:

  • Clean Water Fund in Philadelphia has been selected to receive $500,000 to address lead exposure in underserved communities suffering from lead poisoning that originates from multiple sources.
  • John Bartram Association in Philadelphia has been selected to receive $500,000 to strengthen the community’s climate resilience and build long-term environmental sovereignty and justice in a historically underserved neighborhood.
  • Nueva Esperanza, Inc. in Philadelphia has been selected to receive $500,000 for its Hunting Park Community-Led Climate Resilience and Empowerment Project to improve climate resiliency against disproportionate impacts of heat in this low-income community.
  • Shamokin Creek Restoration Alliance in Shamokin, Kulpmont, Coal Township has been selected to receive $500,000 to establish a brick-and-mortar presence in their community, pool available resources, and collaborate across several organizations to better serve their community and its interests.
  • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has been selected to receive $1,000,000 to create an expandable, manageable, and sustainable program that will proactively engage communities to better understand their concerns before there is an event of concern and provide communities with the necessary tools to help address environmental issues in advance of a crisis.
  • Allegheny County has been selected to receive $328,827 to improve climate preparedness for the 38 environmentally burdened communities in the county and incentivize environmental justice communities to create resiliency strategies.
  • City of McKeesport has been selected to receive $1,000,000 to expand four existing environmental programs that address stormwater management, air pollution, urban heat islands, and lack of greenspace.
  • City of Philadelphia has been selected to receive $1,000,000 to institutionalize environmental justice within its municipal policies and practices.

Should you have any questions, contact Josie Gaskey.

MS4 Update

Federal Clean Water Act regulations require municipalities that meet certain size standards based on census data, obtain NPDES permits for discharges of stormwater from their municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s). Phase I of this requirement occurred years ago for large MS4s such as Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Phase II includes small and medium size MS4s.

In PA, there are 1,059 small MS4s. When stormwater runoff enters an MS4, it will be discharged into local rivers and streams without treatment. The MS4 NPDES permit coverage outlines the regulatory requirements for an MS4 program. The requirements include six Minimum Control Measures. However, since many of these small MS4s are within the Chesapeake Bay watershed and there is a TMDL for the Chesapeake Bay, these municipalities must also implement a Chesapeake Bay Pollution Reduction Plan. To implement the requirements, municipalities have begun assessing a “fee” supposedly to provide funding for local stormwater management activities and projects that are to benefit the public.

To that end, we are seeing more and more of our members’ facilities receiving notices to assess large stormwater fees that will continue on a yearly basis. The majority of these charges are based on the impervious surface area of the property without regard to whether, or to what extent, the facility actually generates stormwater into the MS4 system or receives benefits from the stormwater management programs conducted by the municipality or already manages their own stormwater covered under a DEP NPDES permit.

On October 17, 2023, PACA, in partnership with the PA Chamber of Business and Industry, filed an amicus brief which was accepted, in a related case that we believe would result in a decision that would be advantageous to our members. Several other industries and anti-business groups filed amicus briefs as well. The case is the Borough of West Chester v. PA State System of Higher Ed. & West Chester Univ. of PA of the State System of Higher Ed. disputing the Borough’s stormwater charge saying it was in fact a “tax” from which they are immune, not a “fee” for service. The Court found that it was not a “fee” for service and the Borough of West Chester appealed. This case has made its way to the PA Supreme Court.

At this time, we await the actions of others and the Court.

Should you receive an MS4 bill and you have not let Josie Gaskey know, please do so.

Promotion News

NRMCA Launches Concrete Carbon Calculator

NRMCA has launched a web-based tool empowering design and build teams to specify low-carbon concrete on building and paving projects. The NRMCA Concrete Carbon Calculator helps concrete producers, contractors, and design teams to collaborate on setting carbon budgets for projects and compares baseline projects to proposed projects to exceed embodied carbon reduction goals.

Easy-to-understand graphical output shows which concrete mixes have the greatest impacts and where producers and contractors should focus their efforts to reduce carbon footprint.

For more information on the tool and an upcoming webinar on it's use. Please visit the NRMCA Sustainability page.

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PACA Participates in Penn College's PA Build My Future Event

PACA staff recently participated in Penn College's PA Build My Future event. This year's program saw over 900 high school students in attendance. Our booth highlighted the efforts of the PELA Class of 2022, which included a poster and videos they created. The PELA webpage is found here. Additionally, the Tik Tok page that includes the aforementioned videos is here.

Conducted annually, the day focuses on students seeking careers in the construction industry.

PACA's presence was further enhanced when New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc.'s, Madison Kistler (a Penn College graduate and a current member of the PELA Class of 2023) gave a presentation sharing her experiences with current students in the Penn College Concrete Science program. Great job Madison!

Safety & Health News

Top 10 OSHA Cited Standards Nationwide

For the 13th consecutive year, Fall Protection – General Requirements is OSHA’s most frequently cited standard.

The Top 10 standards cited remained unchanged from 2022, although some have changed position. Respiratory Protection, which ranked fourth in FY 2022, fell three spots to seventh and Powered Industrial Trucks rose two spots to be in the top five.

Here are the top 10 categories, the OSHA Standard Section cite and the number of violations:

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 7,271 violations
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 3,213
  3. Ladders (1926.1053): 2,978
  4. Scaffolding (1926.451): 2,859
  5. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 2,561
  6. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 2,554
  7. Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 2,481
  8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503): 2,112
  9. Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection (1926.102): 2,074
  10. Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,644

Let's be safe out there! Any questions, contact Josie Gaskey.

Members in the News

Mellott to Hold Virtual Lunch & Learn

Mellott is excited to announce that Kevin Yanik, Editor-in-Chief of Pit and Quarry Magazine will be presenting a Mellott exclusive Live-From-Mellott virtual Lunch & Learn on Friday December 1, 2023, at 12:30pm. Kevin will be speaking on the state of the aggregate industry and will discuss the outlook for the future. We’d like to extend the invitation to join this most valuable Lunch & Learn to anyone wishing to be a part of this valuable experience and be in the know of the aggregate industry. TO help you keep an eye out for details, here are links to join Mellott’s social media platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and X or visit our website news to learn more. https://mellottcompany.com/news/.

Don't Forget to Check Out Our Free Online Job Ads

PACA Member, Airmatic, recently took advantage of our free online job posting page to post an Account Manager position the company has open. To learn more about this job opportunity, please GO HERE.

If you would like to post an add on our Jobs page, please contact Kallie Kline.

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