Licensure in New York State – Application Period Now Open

Posted 2 September: On July 25th the New York State (NYS) Education Department posted an advisory notice that the planned regulations and application forms for Licensure of Geologists in New York state are now available online via the website for the Office of the Professions. Applications will be accepted immediately and licenses will be issued to those applicants meeting the qualifications for licensure through the grandparent provision starting November 21, 2016. The “grandfathering” period extends until November 20, 2017, after which the ASBOG exam will be required for all applicants.  License Requirements can be viewed HERE.

Legislative Update

Posted 2 Seotember: PCPG's Government Affairs Committee (GAC), chaired by Mark Ioos, P.G. (Skelly & Loy), tracks over 35 legislative bills currently moving through the Pennsylvania General Assembly, in addition to tracking movement on numerous regulations affecting the industry.  PCPG members can download the comprehensive September 2 GAC inventory report by first logging in, then visiting Member's Only content.

Chapter 250 Regulations, Land Recycling Program (Act 2)

Posted 22 August: The Final Chapter 250 Rulemaking has made it through the internal review processes and is anticipated to be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on Saturday August 27, 2016.  The final rulemaking was reviewed and approved by the Environmental Quality Board (EQB), the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC), and the Office of the Attorney General.  The regulation will be effective upon publication.  Major revisions to the rulemaking include:

1.   Updating the statewide health Medium-Specific Concentrations (MSCs).
2.   Clarifying the public notice documentation required for cleanups; and
3.   Clarifying the application of the EPA Health Advisory role.

Information on the changes to the Chapter 250 regulation is available at IRRC’s website. The regulatory analysis can be downloaded by clicking HERE.

Courses & Events

December 07, 2016 8:30 AM (EST) • Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg Hershey, 4751 Lindle Rd., Harrisburg, PA
December 13, 2016 8:30 AM (EST) • Regional Learning Alliance, 850 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Twp., PA
January 10, 2017 8:30 AM (EST) • PSU Great Valley, 30 E. Swedesford Rd., Malvern, PA
March 07, 2017 11:30 AM (EST) • Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg East, 4751 Lindle Rd., Harrisburg, PA
September 30, 2017 (EDT) • See order form

Student Presentations

Posted 22 August: The membership committee is conducting outreach to geology and earth science departments in PA and surrounding states.  PCPG board members are available for campus visits with a PowerPoint presentation focused on the benefits of PCPG membership, the types of employment opportunities available for geologists and the process required to become a Licensed Professional Geologist in Pennsylvania.  For more information or if you would like to schedule a guest lecture please Email Membership Services Committee.

AGI projects 10% increase in the number of employed geoscientists over the next decade

Posted 22 August: With the Status of the Geoscience Workforce 2016 publication due out shortly, AGI is sharing a change to their interpretation of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data in order to estimate the size of the geoscience workforce in the United States.  The updated count of geoscientists in the workforce in 2014 includes the BLS counts of atmospheric sciences, earth sciences, marine sciences, space sciences, environmental sciences, and geography postsecondary teachers.  AGI is projecting a 10% increase in the number of employed geoscientists over the next decade.  View the latest Geoscience Currents

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