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
Phone:  360.407.9398

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.


 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

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 5.31.2017 Meeting Notes DRAFT
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
(comments received on the report and addendum/data/field report: Posted Here)
– 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

Ecology News: Opportunity to comment on the EPA Performance Partnership Agreement

Ecology has a partnership with EPA that is revisited every two years. This year Ecology has requested $11 million from EPA for numerous environmental efforts. The partnership provides funds that support Ecology’s participation in the Task Force.The comment period for this partnership grant agreement with EPA ends on May 31st. 

Task Force members are encouraged to provide feedback for the drafting of this plan. To provide comment go to http://www.ecy.wa.gov/ppa.html 



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

– 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

May 10, 2017 Task Force Meeting Conference Call – special meeting

The Task Force will hold a special meeting by conference call in order to review and approve a letter to EPA drafted by Doug Krapas and reviewed by the Technical Track Work group at the May 3rd Tech Track Work Group meeting. The letter was drafted to address President Trump’s signed Executive Order 13777 and EPA’s Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190. The letter specifies the Task Force request for the evaluation and correction of discrepancies that exist between the Toxics Substance Control Act (TSCA) and Water Quality Standard regulations for Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs).

Voting members are highly encouraged to call in in order to achieve a quorum for the decision.

Time:Wednesday May 10th, 2017 from 10:00 am to 10:30 am
Where: Conference  Call
Call in information: 509-335-2277
Conference ID: 849827

Please review the letter prior to the call. The letter needs to be submitted before May 15th, so there is not a lot time for redrafting and incorporating many edits/changes; therefore Task Force members are asked to determine if they can live with the letter as is, and only provide edits if absolutely necessary in order to be able to approve the letter.

Agenda:SRRTTF May 10 2017 Agenda_draft

FINAL VERSION: Approved by Task Force on the Conference Call (Quorum reached)
SRRTTF-Comments-to-Docket-EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190-_Final Draft

– 5.10.17 SRRTTF conference call Final notes

Previous Draft Letter: REVISED DRAFT 5-9-2017
SRRTTF-Comments-to-Docket-EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190-revised-at-TTWG-meeting -SpoCounty and Riverkeeper edits _ REVISED DRAFT

SRRTTF-Comments-to-Docket-EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190-revised-at-TTWG-meeting-SpoCounty-and-Riverkeeper-edits-Ecology comments_-REVISED-DRAFT


Meeting with Color Pigment Manufacturer’s Associations (CPMA) May 9, 2017 At Inland Empire Paper Company (IEP)

There will be a meeting with the Color Pigment Manufacturer’s Associations (CPMA) held on Tuesday May 9, 2017 at Inland Empire Paper Company (IEP). Doug Krapas has arranged the schedule so that SRRTTF members can show up after lunch from 12:30 to 4:30 PM.  SRRTTF members are welcome to come for the earlier tour and IEP presentation if they would like. Doug needs to get a head count of those who will attend ASAP so he can make the appropriate meeting arrangements.   SRRTTF members are highly encouraged to attend to show vested interest in this excellent opportunity to engage the CPMA on this important issue.  Please contact Doug Krapas (dougkrapas@iepco.com)  ASAP if you plan on attending.

To attend the meeting by phone:
Call-In number: 866-814-9555
Passcode: 3653519702#

Meeting Materials: (UPDATED on 5/9/17)
–  CPMA Meeting at IEP Agenda_UPDATED
–  CPMA Meeting at IEP_Attendees List (2)
 EPA TSCA presentation 042717
–  CPMA Presentation Spokane Meeting
–  Printing Inks_George R. Fuchs_presentation
–  IEP PCB Presentation_CPMA (1)