July 26, 2017 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

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

Date: July 26, 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 July 26_2017 Agenda_draft
 ACE Commitment Report June 30 2017
 ACE Financial Statement July 2017
 SRRTTF 6.28.17 DRAFT Meeting Notes
  Homolog Specific Mass Balance_Draft 07 19 2017
–  
Water Quality Financial Assistance Workshops for State Fiscal Year 2019 (1)
 Duwamish River PCB Cleanup_SRRTTF presentation options_revised list based on TTWG feedback

 

Ecology News: Ecology’s Water Quality Program Financial Assistance – Workshop scheduled for August

The Department of Ecology’s Water Quality Program State Fiscal Year 2019 (SFY19) Funding Cycle opens on August 14, 2017 and closes on October 16, 2017.  Ecology has scheduled a training workshop for eastern Washington applicants seeking funding for water quality-related projects on August 16 from 9:00am – 1:00pm.  The workshop will be held at the Spokane Convention Center.  For more details see the attached Workshop Flyer.

Limnotech’s “draft: Homolog Specific PCB Mass Balance for the Spokane River” available for review

Please review Limnotech’s “draft: Homolog Specific PCB Mass Balance for the Spokane River”  report (below) and provide feedback, comments, and or questions to Dave Dilks at ddilks@limno.com no later than Friday July 14th, 2017. Dave will review all received comments and provide a draft copy for a potential decision at the July 26th Task Force meeting.

July 12, 2017 Technical Track Work Group Meeting

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

Date: Wednesday July 12, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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

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

Meeting Materials:
 
TTWG agn 07-12-17_draft
  SRRTTF PCB Database Tsk1&2 TechMemo DRAFT
–  HomologSpecificMassBalance_Draft07052017
–  SRRTTF_LimnoTech_07_12_2017_Monitoring  (powerpoint)SRRTTF_LimnoTech_07_12_2017_Monitoring (pdf)
–  Duwamish River PCB Cleanup_SRRTTF presentation options

 

June 28, 2017 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

Date: Wednesday, June 28, 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

CDM Smith Technical Memo: Feedback requested by June 16, 2017

Please provide feedback (comments/questions) on the CDM Smith Technical Memo for Task 1&2 – PCB Data Compatibility Functionality Review. Send feedback on the memo to Mike Hermanson (MHERMANSON@spokanecounty.org) and Rob Lindsay (RLindsay@spokanecounty.org) by Friday June 16th, 2017. Mike and Rob will compile comments and touch base with CDM Smith prior to the July 12th Technical Track Work Group Meeting.

The Technical Track Work Group discussed the memo at their June 7th 2017 meeting and  based on those discussion will provide the following recommendations/requests to CDM Smith:

  • The database should provide flexibility in analysis (i.e. to choose any blank correction method, choose to use or not use NJ flagged data, etc)
  • Add in an export function in the format that EIM would require based on EIM data input fields.

SRRTTF PCB Database Tsk1&2 TechMemo DRAFT

June 7, 2017 Education and Outreach Work Group Meeting

The next meeting of the SRRTTF Education and Outreach Work group is:

Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 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: 7775794

Meeting Documents:

 

June 7, 2017 Technical Track Work Group Meeting

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

Date: Wednesday June 7, 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.

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

Meeting Materials:
 TTWG agn 06-07-17
–  TCP process flowchart
 SRRTTF PCB Database Tsk1&2 TechMemo DRAFT

DES seeks feedback on draft Applying Purchasing Preference to Products That Do Not Contain PCBs Policy

The Department of Enterprise Services (DES) is seeking your review and feedback on a draft policy on applying purchasing preference to products that do not contain Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs).  Please review and provide feedback on whether the attached (below) provide clear direction, and whether there are any flaws in the drafts that may interfere with the intent of the policy.  Please understand that this process is not how we are proposing to engage our stakeholders for our new policy process (to be unveiled within the next month), which is to engage stakeholder input prior to policy drafting.  However, the driving force of this policy was turned on its head, so the process is a bit abnormal, but we sincerely want to hear your thoughts.  We are asking for feedback by May 30th directly to Christine Warnock with DES.

We will also be sending similar communications to all customers (through other distribution lists and a general broadcast) and to master contract vendors.  These will be sent by Monday, May 22nd.   So, I will apologize in advance if you are receiving duplicate communications.

Thank you for your help!

Christine Warnock, CPPO, CPPB
Strategic Business Initiatives Manager
Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (DES)
Contracts, Procurement & Risk Management Division
Christine.warnock@des.wa.gov
Phone:  360.407.9398
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DES seeks feedback on draft Applying Purchasing Preference to Products That Do Not Contain PCBs Policy

The Department of Enterprise Services is seeking feedback through May 30 on a draft policy that establishes a purchasing preference to incentivize bidders for state contracts to provide products and products in packaging that do not contain, or contain the lowest possible level, of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

Enterprise Services is responsible for establishing such a policy under a 2014 state law.

Enterprise Services is seeking feedback on whether the following provide clear direction, and whether there are any flaws in the drafts that may interfere with the intent of the policy:

The draft policy is designed to:

  • Set a minimum preference of 5 percent or greater for products and products in packaging that do not contain – or contain the lowest levels of – PCBs.
  • Require agencies to complete PCB procurement and purchasing training
  • Require including a PCB preference when contracts are rebid
  • Require agencies to document compliance with RCW 39.26.280
  • Ensure termination of existing contracts or stock is NOT required
  • Make good common sense in the marketplace.

Please provide your feedback by May 30 to Christine Warnock, (360) 407-9398.

Green contracting matters

Choosing products and packaging that have fewer or no PCBs is an important part of a larger statewide, green contracting effort to reduce use of toxic chemicals by Washington state agencies and find alternative products that are safer for human health and the environment. Small quantities of toxic chemicals contained in ordinary household products – including PCBs – are collectively the largest toxic threat we face today.

Vendors and state purchasers alike live, work and raise families in our state. As we use and discard products, the chemicals within them escape into the environment, where they “bioaccumulate” or build up through the food chain until they pose a threat to human health and the environment. PCBs don’t easily break down over time, build up in the food chain, and are toxic at even low levels.

In certain sections, many rivers in Washington have fish advisories due to PCB contamination; this means the Washington Department of Health has concluded that frequently eating fish from these waters poses a human health risk.

Policy Considerations

Enterprise Services recognizes that purchasing decision factors related to PCBs in products and packaging vary from product to product and are best determined by the purchaser. The draft policy is designed to address multiple types of products that have differing practical quantification limits (PQLs) for PCBs. The PQL is the lowest level that can be reliably detected when a product is tested, and it is not the same for every product.

As it worked to draft the policy, Enterprise Services established productive partnerships with the departments of Ecology and Transportation, Correctional Industries and the City of Spokane to share lessons learned and to create best practices for proactively minimizing PCBs. Enterprise Services also has worked with legislators, agency partners, industry representatives and other stakeholders, including members of the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force.

Timeline

 2014: State law adopted

 2015-2016: Ecology performs product testing

 Nov. 17, 2016: Ecology releases report on the presence PCBs in 201 common products and packaging.

About half (100) of the products Ecology tested were purchased by state agencies. See the Ecology Product Testing for PCB focus sheet.

 December, 2016 to May 2017: Policy development. Enterprise Services considered issues such as:

  • Alternatives assessments.
  • Criteria and standards that will be most effective in an overarching policy that needs to address multiple types of products that all have differing manufacturing methods and differing practical quantification limits for PCBs.
  • Ensuring the policy makes good common sense in the marketplace.

May 2017: Enterprise Services finalizes draft policy, seeks feedback.

 

 

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:
SRRTTF 5.31.17 mtg_notes_final
agenda:
–  
SRRTTF May 31_2017 Agenda_draft_2
previous meeting summaries:
–  
SRRTTF 04.26.17 DRAFT summary
–  5.10.17 SRRTTF conference call DRAFT notes
 TTWG 5.3.17 DRAFT notes
EPA SRRTTF 04.26.17 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
– QAPP Checklist rev 5-31-2017
other meeting documents:
–  ACE financial Statement April 2017
–  Ace commitment report Feb -April 2017
–  
Response to Leg.Fiscal Inquiry May 2017
 CPMA Meeting at IEP_Attendees List
– SRRTTF PCB Database Tsk1&2 TechMemo DRAFT