In a memo transmitted by email to ALSC members, alternates and interested parties, ALSC president Tom Searles announced that in addition to the hearing scheduled for today, a second hearing on reducing Southern Pine visual grade design values will be held in 60 days.
Following is the text of the message:
TO: ALSC MEMBERS & ALTERNATES & INTERESTED PARTIES
FROM: THOMAS D. SEARLES
DATE: OCTOBER 19, 2011
SUBJ: ADDITIONAL DEVELOPMENTS REGARDING THE OCTOBER 20, 2011 BOARD OF REVIEW MEETING
A number of parties have requested additional time to review the technical proposal of SPIB to significantly lower design values for Southern Pine. This proposal is based upon a recent sampling and testing of Southern Pine lumber. This submittal has been under Forest Product Laboratory review and has only recently become available.
The Board has determined that in addition to the hearing to be held on Thursday, October 20, it will hold a second hearing approximately 60 days later to afford all interested parties an opportunity to comment in person on the technical aspects of the SPIB submission. Details will be provided at the hearing on Thursday. The Board encourages all affected parties to submit their comments in writing or in person.Parties should be mindful that the proposed changes are significant and should take steps they deem appropriate in the interim.