2015 Year in Review (page in progress)
The Task Force holds a two-day Technical Workshop on January 13th and 14th that provided a forum for the open exchange of information on the results of the 2014 confidence and synoptic sampling events facilitated the establishment of “where do we go from here” for further understanding source contribution of PCB to the Spokane River as well as identified appropriate next steps for near term source reduction efforts. A full summary of the work shop is available here.
The Task Force finalizes project proposals for submission to the EPA Environmental Assessment Program for the 2015-2016 project funding cycle. Submissions included Wet and Dry Deposition of PCB, Statewide impact of PCB in hatchery fish used for stocking, Little Spokane River Fish Hatchery Case Study, Evaluation of High Volume Water Sampling Methods, and PCBs in Products, FY 2016 Sampling for PCB sources in sediment in Spokane River Reaches, and many others.
The Task Force continues to provide comments and feedback for MOA revisions to address the evolving needs of the Task Force.
The Task Force holds 4 meetings in February including 2 Memorandum of Agreement Work Group meetings, 1 Technical Track Work Group Meeting, and 1 full Task Force Meeting.
The Task Force continues to provide comments and feedback for MOA revisions and the work of the MOA Work Group to address the evolving needs of the Task Force.
Ecology Presentation: “Hatchery Permit Process”: Michael Hepp (Ecology) gave an overview of the permit process for Washington state hatcheries.
The Task Force receives received a letter from Dennis McClerran (EPA) in response to a letter sent 16 months ago from the Task Force to EPA about regulations pertaining to the inadvertent production of PCBs. The letter generated a significant amount of discussion at EPA, but there are many significant challenges to proposing reforms to the Toxics Substances Control Act. EPA requested a meeting with Task Force members to discuss these challenges.
LimnoTech Presentation: “Follow-Up to Mass Balance Assessment based on workshop feedback”.
The Task Force approves SRRTTF led Pilot Projects including Catch Basin Waste Facility Analysis and Mitigation Pilot Project, Hatchery Fish Meal Pilot Project, and the Upgrade of the Green Street Gage.
Ecology Presentation: “Measurable Progress: Process, Analysis, and Timeframes”. Ecology has defined Measurable Progress and will begin the process of assessing the work of the Task Force based on this definition.
The Task Force holds 4 meetings in March including 2 meetings of the Memorandum of Agreement Work Group, 1 meeting of the Technical Track Work Group, and 1 meeting of the full Task Force.
The Task Force continues to provide comments and feedback for MOA revisions and the work of the MOA Work Group to address the evolving needs of the Task Force. The MOA Work Group reports to the Task Force on issues encountered during the revision process. The Task Force agrees to send the revised MOA out for individual entity legal review.
The Task Force authorized ACE to enter into a contract with LimnoTech to move ahead with the next steps of work outlined in the Presentation “Proposed Scope and Costs for Next Phase of Work”.
The Task Force engages the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) in the conversation about concerns over Fish Hatcheries and PCBs.
The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) coordinate on a response to a ruling in the CELP/Sierra Club court case.
The Task Force holds