PDA Releases New Draft of Controlled Plant and Noxious Weed Law
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture released an updated draft of the new Controlled Plant and Noxious Weed Law in October. The draft had not changed much from prior drafts. The major change in this draft is that the number of public members on the Controlled Plant Committee has been reduced from five to three. The landscape and nursery industry retains its position on the panel. In addition, this is the first draft that contains PLNA-sought language that allows the public members to designate alternates to serve... (more)
PLNA Meets with PennDOT Secretary on Green Infrastructure
HARRISBURG – In late October, several PLNA members and staff met with PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards to discuss PennDOT’s use of green infrastructure in the design and maintenance of the state’s highway system. The group, led by Dan Dahlkemper of Dahlkemper Landscape Architects and Contractors, included Jim MacKenzie of Octoraro Native Plants, Andy Ernst of Ernst Conservations Seeds, Cathy Corrigan, PLNA president and Gregg Robertson, PLNA government relations consultant. Green infrastructure is using the ecosystem services... (more)
Health Secretary Releases Report on Lyme Disease
HARRISBURG - Secretary of Health Karen Murphy today announced the release of the first-ever comprehensive report, produced by the Task Force on Lyme Disease and Related Tick-Borne Diseases, on Lyme disease in Pennsylvania to help guide the commonwealth's strategy to address this growing health problem. For the past three years, Pennsylvania has led the nation in the reported cases of Lyme disease. Last year, the state reported 7,457 cases of the disease. The report identified those with outdoor occupations, specifically mentioning landscape workers... (more)
Important Progress on H-2B Program
WASHINGTON, D.C. - AmericanHort and PLNA members who use the H-2B program continue to deal with the costs, frustration and lack of certainty created by the H-2B regulations issued by DOL and DHS in April, as well as by an extremely limiting cap on the number of visa workers who can enter the country each fiscal year. In response, a bipartisan group of Senators has urged DOL to immediately address these delays. Senators Burr (R-NC), Mikulski (D-MD) and 24 others sent a letter to DOL Secretary Tom Perez demanding that DOL address these delays. Rep. Andy Harris... (more)
Judge Puts WOTUS Rule on Hold Nationwide
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On October 9, the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that prevents the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) from implementing the so-called Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule while the court reviews the various legal matters surrounding the regulation. The motion for the preliminary injunction was filed by 18 states. In the ruling, Judge McKeague said, “the stay temporarily silences the whirlwind of confusion that springs... (more)
Do You Need a USDOT Number on Your Trucks?
A USDOT Number is required for a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) (49 CPR Part 390.5), which is defined as any self-propelled or towed motor vehicle used on a highway in interstate and/or intrastate commerce to transport passengers or property when the vehicle has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating, gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight, of 10,001 pounds or more, whichever is greater; or to transport more than 8 passengers, including the driver, for compensation or to transport more than 15 passengers... (more)
Does Your Commercial Vehicle Policy Have an MCS-90 Endorsement?
Nearly every company with a commercial motor vehicle (powered units of more than 10,001 lbs Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) or combined powered units and trailers of more than 10,001 lbs Gross Combined Weight (GCW)) that crosses state lines must have the MCS-90 Endorsement added to its commercial vehicle insurance policy. Federal regulations require an MCS-90 endorsement required for any commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operated by an insured with motor carrier authority, as well as any private carrier transporting any hazardous materials. Because private... (more)
PLNA to Promote Members at Pennsylvania Farm Show
For the first time in 100 years, PLNA has been invited to display the green industry’s contribution to agriculture at the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. The 100th anniversary of the show will be celebrated during the 2016 event January 9 through 16, and PLNA is honored to be included in the event. The Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation and draws over 500,000 visitors in 8 days. Exhibitors, farmers and consumers come from every corner of the state for this renowned show. PLNA is taking this opportunity to promote its members to the wide variety of consumers ... (more)