June 26, 2019 SRRTTF Meeting

The next meeting of the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force is:
Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location:Spokane County Water Resource Center
1004 N. Freya Street
Spokane, WA 99202
Click here for a map

To attend by Webex and phone (all please register using the link below):
Register

After your request has been approved, you will receive instructions for joining.

Meeting Documents:
0 – SRRTTF agenda_20190626
1 – SRRTTF draft Meeting Summary 4-24-19
2 – ACE commitment report
3 – PMF Blank Study final report_061719
4a – FinalDraft_iPCBs and Pigments
4b – SRRTTF_BriefonPaper_Revised
5a – iPCB and Pigment Workshop_agenda_v6_20190618
5b – iPCB Workshop Concept Document 6.18.2019a
6 – Data Synthesis Workshop_final draft
7 – 2019MonitoringScope_Jun19draft
8 – 2019 – 2021 State Biennium Prelim Draft Budget Template
9 – Future Meeting Topics – June 2019







Riverkeeper withdrawal letter from SRRTTF/Upcoming Mtgs./Rulemaking announcement WAC 173-201A Variances

Hi Task Force and other interested parties:

Here is a recent letter from Spokane Riverkeeper to the Department of Ecology regarding their withdrawal from the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force: 20190604_Riverkeeper_SRRTTF_Letter

Upcoming SRRTTF and work group meetings:
(Conference call in number: 605-313-5141, 723394#)
June 18 – Tech Track conf. call at 10 am
June 18 – Green Chemistry conf. call at 1 pm
June 26 – SRRTTF Task Force meeting – 8:30 am to 12 pm, Spokane County Water Resource Center

July 3 – TSCA conf. call at 10 am
July 8 – MOA ad hoc committee
mtg. at 10:30 am at Spokane City Hall, Conference room 2B
July 9 – Education and Outreach
meeting at 10 am at Spokane Regional Health District, room 350

The Department of Ecology (Ecology) is beginning a rulemaking to consider amending the Water Quality Standards for Surface Waters of the State of Washington, Chapter 173-201A Washington Administrative Code (WAC). Ecology is considering adopting one or more variances to the water quality standards that meet the requirements of WAC 173-201A-420 (Variance section), for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) for the Spokane River, in water resource inventory area (WRIA) 57.

Ecology will consider amending sections of Chapter 173-201A WAC that address variances to the standards, including amendments to 173-201A-420 (Variance) and 173-201A-602 (Table 602-use designations for fresh waters by water resource inventory area), as well as any other sections that need to be amended to support adopting the above-noted variances.

More information on the rulemaking and links:

Comment on the scope of the EIS: http://ws.ecology.commentinput.com/?id=KTMcA

Contact:
Susan Braley
WA State Dept. of Ecology
Email: swqs@ecy.wa.gov
Phone: 360.407.6414

 

PMF Phase 1 Report comments due 5/17 – Ecology letter to EPA regarding WA water quality standards

Hi Task Force members and interested parties,

As a reminder, the PMF phase 1 report comments are due to Mike Hermanson (mhermanson@spokanecounty.org) by next Friday, May 17.  Please also cc lara@whitebluffsconsulting.com.  Here is the report: PMF Blank Study draft final report_030419

Maia Bellon, the Director of Ecology recently sent a letter to EPA urging them not to reconsider Washington’s water quality standards for human health criteria.  The letter can be found here: 5-7-19 Director Bellon Letter to EPA Administrator Wheeler re HHC

Also, here is a research brief provided by Mike LaScoula from Spokane Regional Health District on the breakdown of PCBs to potentially harmful metabolites in humans: SRP_ResearchBrief_293_508

Thanks!

April 24, 2019 SRRTTF Meeting

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

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 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 Webex and phone (all please register using the link below):

Register
After your request has been approved, you’ll receive instructions for joining.

Meeting Documents
SRRTTF agenda_20190424
0 – SRRTTF DRAFT Meeting Summary 2-27-19
1 – ACE commitment report
2 – ACE Financial statement
3 – PMF Blank Study draft final report_030419
3a – Rodenburg blank study 042419
4 – SRF_Bioflim_v4_srrttf2
5 – PCB Tabletop_flyer
6 – Early actions summary & approval recommendations
7 – MOA comments summary Aug 2018
8 – Future Meeting Topics – April 2019




New Technical Reports and Upcoming Events

The new Ecology report, Atmospheric Deposition of PCBs in the Spokane River Watershed, is available at https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/SummaryPages/1903003.html. It is also posted on the SRRTTF website under Department of Ecology publications. In 2016 and 2017, Ecology’s Environmental Assessment Program investigated atmospheric deposition of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the Spokane area. If you have questions about this report, contact Brandee Era-Miller at 360-407-6771 or brandee.era-miller@ecy.wa.gov.

The final SRRTTF 2018 Technical Activities Report by LimnoTech (Dave Dilks) can be found on the SRRTTF website here:

Technical Consultant Activities – 2018 Spokane River Studies

SRRTTF_2018_TechnicalActivitiesReport_Final_03-27-2019
Appendix B _ Gravity 2018 Field Report
Appendix C _ QAPP_addendum5_072318
Appendix D – Lab results spreadsheets available upon request (lara@whitebluffsconsulting.com)

The Spokane River Forum is having a conference on April 16 and 17 at the Davenport hotel in Spokane. You can find more information on their website
Spokane River Forum Conference 2019 Some of the Task Force members are presenting during the conference.

The next SRRTTF meeting will be held Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm at Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District.

Upcoming SRRTTF work group meetings:
Education & Outreach – April 9 at 10 am at the Spokane Regional Health District, Room 402
TSCA – May 1 at 10 am (we have a new conf. call in number (605) 313-5141, 723394#)


April 5, 2019 SRRTTF Meeting: Conference Call Vote

The next meeting of the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force is a conference call to vote on the approval of Dave Dilks’ (LimnoTech) budget to do the preparation work/analyses for the data synthesis workshop scheduled for May 30 and 31.  Here is the recommendation and other materials regarding the workshop:

Data synthesis workshop final draft recommendation

Spokane Data Synthesis Workshop – Potential Activities_3.27.19[252]

Potential Activity_Summation of Existing Pathway Knowledge_rev_3.27.2019[254]

OptionsTable_3-27-19[253]

Time:  11:00 am
Call in number:  641-715-0857; 723394#

Here is an interesting research brief on PCBs by the National Institute of Environmental Health Services that Mike LaScoula shared:

Research brief on pcbs

March 27, 2019 SRRTTF Meeting: Conference Call

The next meeting of the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force is a conference call to receive an update on funding status and the legislative funding request in follow up to our February 27 Task Force meeting and March 8 conference call. Here is a link to the notes where we discussed these topics at the Feb. 27 Task Force Meeting:
Meeting Summary

Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Call in number: 641-715-0857; 723394#

Meeting agenda:  SRRTTF agenda_20190327
Funding Status Update


March 8, 2019 SRRTTF Meeting: Conference Call

The next meeting of the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force is a conference call to discuss and agree on key messages for the legislative funding request.

Date: Friday, March 8, 2019 Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Please contact lara@whitebluffsconsulting.com for the Conference Call-in number.

Materials for the meeting:

2018 SRRTTF Funding Support Letter-2019 Leg Session- Rev 1

Governor’s 2018 funding request letter

Supplemental Information

Joint Key Messages 2013

Joint Key Messages, SRHD comments 2015

SRRTTF Poster 2014

SRRTTF Handout 2014