May 31, 2017 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

The next meeting of the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force is:

Date: May 31, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 pm

Location:
Spokane County Water Resource Center
1004 N. Freya Street
Spokane, WA 99202

Click here for a map

Call In Number: 509-335-2277
Participant Code: 5266916

Meeting Materials:
agenda:
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SRRTTF May 31_2017 Agenda_draft 1
previous meeting summaries:
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SRRTTF 04.26.17 DRAFT summary
–  5.10.17 SRRTTF conference call DRAFT notes
 TTWG 5.3.17 DRAFT notes
technical documents up for decision
 SRRTTF_2016_MonthlyMonitoringReport_05-24-2017_draft
(comments received on the report and addendum/data/field report: Posted Here)
–  
QAPP_addendum4_052417
other meeting documents:
–  ACE financial Statement April 2017
–  Ace commitment report Feb -April 2017
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Response to Leg.Fiscal Inquiry May 2017
 CPMA Meeting at IEP_Attendees List

Limnotech: 2016 Monthly Sampling Technical Report, Gravity Field report, and data – available for review.

The DRAFT Report on the 2016 Monthly Sampling, Gravity Field Report, and data are available for review. Task Force members are to send comments on the draft report to Dave Dilks at LimnoTech (ddilks@limno.com) by May 15th, 2017.

–  SRRTTF_2016_MonthlyMonitoringReport_05-04-2017_draft
–  V57684PCB_Database_1_Blank-Corrected
–  V58483PCB_Database_1_Blank-Corrected
–  Draft Gravity 2016 Field Report. part 1
–  Draft Gravity 2016 Field Report. part 2

COMMENTS RECEIVED ON DRAFT:
– Spokane County comments on 2016 Draft Monthly sampling report 170515
– Ecology_ Adriane Borgiasl Comments on SRRTTF_2016_Monthly Monitoring Report_05-04-2017
– EPA_Brian Nickel comments_SRRTTF_2016_Monthly Monitoring Report_05-04-2017_draft
– EPA_Brian Nickel_Hangman_Creek_High_Conc_Results_and_Stormwater_by_Homolog-BN

April 26, 2017 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

The next meeting of the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force is:
Date: Wednesday, April  26, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Liberty Lake Sewer & Water District Office
22510 E. Mission Avenue Liberty Lake, WA 99019
Click here for a map

To attend by phone:

Call In Number: (509) 335-2277
Participant Code: 5266916
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Webinar for Presenatations:
To start the online meeting
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1. Go to https://wadis.webex.com/wadis/j.php?MTID=mf14b37c68c9458d65b13936724080477
2. Log in to your account.
3. Click “Start Now”.
4. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.
Meeting Password: RpckHSr6
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Audio conference information
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To attend by phone:
Call In Number: (509) 335-2277
Participant Code: 5266916
Meeting Documents:
Agenda:
–  SRRTTF_04-26-17_agenda_draft2 (revised on 4.20.17)

Previous Meeting Summaries:
 SRRTTF 03-22-17 meeting notes_draft
 TTWG summary Notes 04-05-17 DRAFT
Funding (ACE) and Technical Documents:
–  ACE commitment report_April 2017
–  Fish Feed Supplier PCB Reporting Requirements
  EPA SRRTTF TSCA Meeting 042617 – Questions Outcomes Final draft
 Agenda_EPA-SRRTTF_4-26_Final Draft
 2017-18 SRRTTF Proposal SOW draft (Ruckelshaus Center – file updated 4.26.17)
Presentations:
2015 Phase 3 Duwamish RU 
–  PRELIMINARY_HomologMassBalance_042617
–  Federal Cleanup Sites With PCBs In The Spokane-2
Outreach:
– BasisofCampaign
– Communications Continuum_PCBs (1)

March 22, 2017 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

The next meeting of the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force is:

Date: March 22, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 pm

Location:
Spokane County Water Resource Center
1004 N. Freya Street
Spokane, WA 99202

Click here for a map

Call In Number: 509-335-2277
Participant Code: 5266916

Meeting Materials:
– SRRTTF 3-22-2017 Meeting Notes FINAL
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SRRTTF March 22_2017 Agenda_draft_revised
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SRRTTF 2.22.17 Summary Notes_DRAFT
 TTWG 3.1.17 summary notes 
 Ace Commitment Report_for March 2017 TF meeting
  Draft_SOW_for_2017_SRRTTF_Technical_Activities _03-15-17
 Data driven project efforts d2_3-2-17
–  Control-Actions_Work-Plan-Tracking
  Logic Flow_Comp Plan

February 22, 2017 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

The next meeting of the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force is:

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location:
Liberty Lake Sewer & Water District Office
22510 E. Mission Avenue Liberty Lake, WA 99019
Click here for a map

To attend by phone:
Call In Number: (509) 335-2277
Participant Code: 5266916

Meeting Materials
SRRTTF 2.22.17 Summary Notes_(approved draft 3.22.17)
– SRRTTF_02-22-17_agenda_draft_(2)
– SRRTTF 01.25.17 DRAFT summary notes
 Committment Report
Website Mock up: Website MockUp
  Control-Actions_Work-Plan-Tracking_for-02-22-17  (revised 2.17.17)
 Policy 1-11 Update Process for the Water Quality Assessment (Late posting 2.21.17 at 7 pm – for your information regarding where the Policy 1-11 process is)

Comp Plan Work Plan Documents:
– Funding: 
Funding concepts Rev 021415R1 (for discussion)

Data Mining:
 Logic Draft 02-07-17

Demolition and Renovation:
 5.13.1 Demolition Renovation and Control

Green Chemistry:
Proposed Workplan for Green Chemistry Control Action (posted late)

 Education and Outreach:

Comp Plan e&o Actions_work plan (Posted late)

 

Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Finalizes Comprehensive Plan for addressing PCBs in the Spokane River

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 30, 2017

New comprehensive plan for the Spokane River guides actions for reducing PCBs

Spokane, WA – A positive step toward a cleaner Spokane River was quietly recorded this past December. The Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force (Task Force) released a comprehensive plan that identifies a variety of actions that could prevent more polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from polluting the Spokane River. PCBs are a probable human carcinogen that can build up in people and fish. The entire plan can be viewed on the Task Force website.

The plan was developed to guide projects in Idaho and Washington that will identify, reduce and eliminate PCB sources to the river. It lays out findings from several years of studies that measured the extent of PCB pollution in various sections of the river and identified sources of PCBs and how they reach the river.

PCBs remain in the environment and build up over time in fish, animals and people. The Washington Department of Health advises people to limit the amount of fish they consume from the river over many years for most species because of PCBs. That’s why finding even tiny amounts of these chemicals in the Spokane River requires action.

The plan also specifies projects and practices that, if applied, will reduce PCBs in the river. Examples include, measures to capture polluted stormwater through green building design and state-of-the-art treatment technology for industrial and municipal dischargers to filter PCBs out of their wastewater before it enters the river.

PCB control actions include, but are not limited to:

  • wastewater treatment
  • known site remediation
  • stormwater controls
  • low impact development (LID)
  • purchasing standards for products known to contain PCBs
  • support of green chemistry alternatives
  • regulatory rulemaking to reduce origin of PCBs
  • building demolition and renovation control
  • education efforts to help the public understand the scope of PCB pollution and reduction actions

The Task Force will evaluate the success of the effort by tracking project milestones and assessing effectiveness of individual actions to protect the river. The Task Force is a diverse body of stakeholders (dischargers, environmental groups, and agencies) formed in 2012 to develop a plan to bring the Spokane River into compliance with applicable water quality standards for PCBs. This plan represents conclusions reached through data collection, evolving technology, national expert consultation and deliberation among Task Force members.

Background

The Spokane River begins in northern Idaho at the outlet of Coeur d’Alene Lake and flows west 112 miles to the Columbia River. Sections of the Spokane River and Lake Spokane have been placed on Washington’s EPA-approved 303(d) list of impaired waters for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The impairments are based on concentrations of PCBs measured in fish tissue that exceeded a fish tissue equivalent concentration for applicable water quality standards.

PCBs are a man-made chemical produced for industrial use by Monsanto from the late 1930s until they were largely banned as an environmental and human health hazard in 1979. Because they resist breaking down in the environment, PCBs persist in soils, surface water, and groundwater. PCBs do not attach to water but readily attach to lipids (fats) and carbon. As a result, they accumulate in aquatic organisms and magnify in concentration as they go higher up the food chain. This means that apex consumers (such as osprey or humans) that consume fish or other aquatic organisms can accumulate large concentrations of PCBs over time, resulting in magnified health risks. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, individuals who are continually exposed to PCBs are at increased risk of developing cancer and experiencing toxic effects on bodily systems.

PCBs are still allowed when inadvertently produced, such as during the manufacture of certain pigments, inks and dyes that are then used in thousands of products. Because PCBs resist breaking down in the environment, both older, legacy PCBs and newer, inadvertent PCBs still show up in residential and industrial wastewater, stormwater, groundwater and soils and ultimately reach our waterways.
CONTACTS:

Tom Agnew, Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District, 509-255-6686

John Beacham, City of Post Falls, 208-777-9857

Brooke Beeler, WA Department of Ecology, 509-329-3478

Galen Buterbaugh, Lake Spokane Association, 509-465-2289

Adrienne Cronebaugh, Kootenai Environmental Alliance, 208-667-9093

Chris Donley, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife, 509-892-1001 Ext 307

Don Keil, City of Coeur d’Alene, 208-769-228

Doug Krapas, Inland Empire Paper, 509-924-1911

Greg Lahti, WA Department of Transportation, 509-324-6138

Mike LaScuola, Spokane Regional Health District, 509-324-1574

Bud Leber, Kaiser Aluminum, 509-927-6554

Dave McBride, WA Department of Health, 360-236-3176

Dave Moss, Spokane County, 509-477-7572

Mike Petersen, The Lands Council, 509-209-2408

Dan Redline, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, 208-769-1422

Elizabeth Schoedel, City of Spokane, 509-625-6232

Jerry White, Riverkeeper, 509-835-5211

 

January 25, 2017 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

The next meeting of the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force is:

Date: Wednesday, January 25 , 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location:
Liberty Lake Sewer & Water District Office
22510 E. Mission Avenue Liberty Lake, WA 99019
Click here for a map

To attend by phone:
Call In Number: (509) 335-2277
Participant Code: 5266916

Meeting Documents:
SRRTTF 01.25.17 FINAL summary notes

Meeting Agenda:
–  SRRTTF_01-25-17_agenda_revised

Meeting Summaries:
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SRRTTF 11.16.16 Meeting Summary DRAFT (Decision)
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SRRTTF/TTWG Meeting Summary Notes DRAFT_12.7.16 (Decision)
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SRRTTF TTWG meeting 01-04-17 notes DRAFT
Other Meeting Documents:
 SRRTTF Comp Plan Press Release – Suggeste Edits – Dave Moss and Dan Redline (Decision)
 Lands Council SRRTTF Letter of support  DRAFT  (Decision, please note this letter is based off of a previously accepted Task Force letter of support for a Lands Council grant proposal)
 Control Actions_Work Plan Tracking_01-13-17
 Comp Plan TImeline 1.11.17 ldw
  2017 workplan concepts_data mining
  Green Chemistry Logic Diagram

January 4, 2017 Technical Track Work Group Meeting

The next meeting of the SRRTTF Task Force and Technical Track Work group is:

Date: Wednesday January 4, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: Washington Department of Ecology
N. 4601 Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205
Click here for a map.

Call In Number: 509-335-2277
Conference ID: 2740350

Task Force members are asked to review the Comprehensive Plan DRAFT press release put together by the Education and Outreach Work Group. Please send comments, and track changes edits to Kara Whitman at kmwhitman@wsu.edu prior to the TTWG meeting for posting and discussion.

Meeting Documents:
–  SRRTTF TTWG meeting 01-04-17 notes DRAFT
 tech-track-wg-agn-1-04-17-revised
–  srrttf_limnotech_01_04_2017 (presentation)
–  2017-workplan-concepts (Data Mining)
–  2016 AXYS lab report for the in-river sampling from October:  copy-of-v57111pcb_database_1
–  actions_milestones_from_sept_draft_comp plan

Comp Plan DRAFT PR Documents:
Revised Draft based on Comments: comp-plan-pr-2017_ttedits-and-cd-edits_all-changes-accepted-and-fine-tuned

Comments on revised draft from Ecology: comp-plan-pr-2017_bb
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  Com Plan P.R.-2017-_DRAFT for discussion
 comp-plan-press-release-2017-_draft-donely-edits-12-28-16
–  comp-plan-pr-2017_tonitaylor_spokane-countytedits


Cochrane Basin Data

 10-26-16-cochran-pr163086-pcb
  10-26-16-cochran-pr163086-pcb-spokane
 2016-10-26-cochran-flow-data

SRRTTF Sends Letter to Staff and Directors of the U.S. EPA and Other Parties Regarding TSCA

The Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force (SRRTTF) has sent a letter (via Ruckelshaus Center on December 9th, 2016)  to Staff and Directors at EPA as well as State legislators concerning the regulation of PCBs under the Toxic Substances Control Act and its link to Washington Water Quality Standards for PCBs recently submitted by EPA. The SRRTTF developed the letter(s), and agreed on the contents, by consensus.

Letter:
–  srrttf-letter-concerning-wa-wqs-and-tsca_12-9-16

Previous letter sent to EPA and their response:
–  SRRTTF Letter to EPA-Final-approved-10.23.13
–  EPA Response to SRRTTF Letter_pcbs_2.24.15

 

December 7, 2016 Task Force and Technical Track Work Group Meeting

The next meeting of the SRRTTF Task Force and Technical Track Work group is:

Date: Wednesday December 7, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: Washington Department of Ecology
N. 4601 Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205
Click here for a map.

Call In Number: 509-335-2277
Conference ID: 3675794

This meeting will be both a Full Task Force meeting as well as a Technical Track Work Group meeting. Full Task Force decision items will be addressed in the first hour of the meeting, once those decision items have been addressed, Task Force participants may choose to leave the meeting.

Meeting Documents:
–  SRRTTF/TTWG 12.7.16 Summary Notes_edited 1.25.17

–  
SRRTTF-TTWG-agenda-12-07-16 (1)
 SRRTTF-Comp Plan-cover-letter-on-letterhead_updated-11-29-16
  pcb-control-actions-requiring-work-plans
 Final Comp Plan

draft-letter-from-srrttf-to-epa-rev-11302016 For Task Force Approval