October 8, 2012 Task Force Conference Call Announcement

Members of the Task Force have drafted a letter to the Governor and Stan Marshburn (OFM Director) supporting the 2013-2015 Ecology budget.  This was discussed at the last meeting and there was general agreement but no firm decision was made. Please review the letter below. If you have any serious concerns with the letter please let Kelsey (gryklsy@yahoo.com) know by the COB on Friday, October 5th so any changes could be turned around and sent out on Monday morning.

This letter to the Governor and OFM is very time sensitive and needs to go out ASAP as OFM will be doing a review of the budget. In order to meet the 5 day decision making rule of the SRRTTF MOA we will need to have a short conference call on Monday to formally decide to send this letter.

Members of the Task Force are encouraged to call in on Monday as we will need a quorum to confirm the letter and agree to send it off.  The conference call meeting is scheduled for Monday at 11:00 am.

Call In Number: 800-704-9804
Participant Code:

Conference Call Documents
–   Draft Letter for Ecology Budget Request 10 1 12 (revised 10-5-12)
–   Draft Letter for Ecology Budget Request 10 1 12 (2)
   PL AM Spokane River PCB Source Abatement
   SRRTTF Conference Call Summary 10 8 2012
   Approved SRRTTF Letter in support of Ecology budget request 10 8 12

September 26, 2012 Spokane River Regional Task Force Meeting

Spokane River Regional Task Force Meeting Announcement

Date: September 26, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Washington Department of Ecology
N. 4601 Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205
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Call In Number: 800-704-9804;
Participant Code: 34863442#

Please note, the conference call in number will remain open until 15 minutes until after the meeting begins. It will continue to remain open as long as there are callers on the line. If you wish to join the meeting by phone late, please notify Adriane Borgias (abor461@ecy.wa.gov) ahead of time.

Meeting Documents
SRRTTF Meeting Summary 9-26-12
SRRTTF Meeting Summary 9-26-12 Appendix A (Resources Responses)
SRRTTF Draft Agenda 9-26-12
  Request for Qualifications R1 DRAFT 9-19-12
  RFQ Attachment A R1 DRAFT 9-19-12
  SRRTTF Work Plan DRAFT 9-19-12 (pdf version)
SRRTTF Work Plan DRAFT 9-19-12 (word version)
  SRRTTF Letterhead DRAFT 9-19-12
  ECOS Resolution 12-9 PCBs in products – Approved 8-28-12
–  PCBs in Products Resolution Draft 09-18-2012
  NACWA TSCA Letter of Support DRAFT 9-26-12
  WEF TSCA Letter of Support DRAFT 9-26-12
Spokane FY13 Toxics Sampling Summary for SRRTTF TWG 9-7-12

September 5, 2012 Technical Track Work Group Meeting

Spokane River Regional Task Force

Technical Track Work Group Meeting
Date: September 5, 2012
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 pm

Location: Washington Department of Ecology
N. 4601 Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205
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Meeting Documents
–   SRRTTF Technical Track Work Group Meeting Notes
–   SRRTTF Work Plan DRAFT 9-4-12
   SRRTTF Technical Track Work Group Meeting Draft Agenda
 Request for Qualifications – Discussion DRAFT
 Attachment B: Evaluation Criteria and Weighting – Discussion DRAFT
Spokane Riverkeeper and Lands Council letter to Ecology about Toxics Sampling
  Report: Human Health Water Quality Criteria for PCBs – Fikslin (2005)

PCB Regulatory Information

This page contains information about the regulation of PCB’s (Polychlorinated Biphenyls)

Toxic Substances Control Act

EPA’s PCB Use Reassessment 08-24-12-2012

ECOS Presentations: August 28, 2012

Inadvertant PCB Production and Its Impact on Water Quality

Spokane Riverkeeper

Inland Empire Paper Company

Inland Empire Paper Company Talking Points

Ecology to Host Fish Consumption Workshops August 28, 2012

Subject: Department of Ecology hosts workshop Aug. 28 on revised approach for Reducing Toxics In Fish, Shellfish, Sediment, and Water

On July 16, 2012, Department of Ecology Director Ted Sturdevant announced a revised approach for updating the state’s fish consumption rates for water quality and cleaning up contaminated sediments.  View Director Sturdevant’s letter and a timeline for Ecology’s work here: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/toxics/docs/20120716_FCR_SturdevantLetter.pdf.

Ecology invites interested parties to attend a video conference workshop from 1 – 5 p.m., on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at Ecology’s regional offices in Lacey,  Bellevue, Yakima and Spokane.  The workshop will provide an in-depth explanation of Ecology’s current approach.

 Workshop topics include updates on:

  • Ecology’s toxic reduction strategy.
  • Toxic Cleanup Program’s sediment management standards rule making.
  • Ecology’s fish consumption rate technical document.
  • Water Quality Program’s water quality standards rule makings.

As part of this revised approach, Ecology’s Water Quality Program intends to move forward with adopting new human health criteria for surface water quality.   An informational session on human health criteria will be included in the workshop.

Seating is limited.  Please RSVP at swqs@ecy.wa.gov

Learn about future public involvement opportunities and read more about the process ahead at:

Reducing Toxics in Fish, Sediments and Water: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/toxics/fish.html

Workshop Information:
Date: August 28, 2012
Time: 1 -5 p.m.

Eastern Regional Office
Room: 1-NW-18
N. 4601 Monroe
Spokane, WA 99205-1295


Headquarters Office
Room: R0A-32/34/36
300 Desmond Drive SE
Lacey, WA 98503


Central Regional Office
Room: 204 A
15 W. Yakima Ave., Ste 200
Yakima, WA  98902

Northwest Regional Office
Room: 2A&B
3190 – 160th Ave. SE
Bellevue, WA 98008-5452


Sandy Howard
Communications – Washington Department of Ecology
Water Quality Program – Environmental Assessment Program
360-407-6408 (desk) ~ 360-791-3177 (cell)

ECOS Draft Resolution on PCB in Products

August 22, 2012

As requested by the SRTTF during our meeting this afternoon, attached is the 03-02-2012 Draft ECOS PCBs in Products Resolution.  This is an earlier draft and may not be completely representative of the version that will be presented to the committee on Tuesday, but it will provide everyone with a sense of what is being requested.  Also attached is the agenda for the meeting and a link with more information about the meeting:  http://ecos.org/section/events

I suggest sending letters of support to the following and please have anyone sending letters also copy me:

Matthew C. Jones
Senior Project Manager
Environmental Council of the States
50 F Street, NW, Suite 350
Washington, DC 20001


Thanks for posting this information to the SRTTF and I greatly appreciate everyone’s attention, efforts and supporton this issue.

Doug Krapas
Environmental Manager
Inland Empire Paper Company
Phone:  509/924-1911
E-Mail:  dougkrapas@iepco.com

Click Here: for related information.

August 22, 2012 Spokane River Regional Task Force Meeting

August 8, 2012

Spokane River Regional Task Force Meeting Announcement

Date: August 22, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Location: Water Resource Center, Spokane County Regional Water Reclamation Facility
1004 North Freya St.
Spokane, WA 99202
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Meeting Documents

SRRTTF Meeting Notes (Revised) 082212

SRRTTF Draft Agenda 8-22-12

Sensing Interviews Results PPT 8-22-12 (with notes)

ECOS Draft Resoultion on PCBs in Products

Business Entity Discussion

Background Information:
SRRTTF Business Entity Structure Concept (Accepted by Task Force on May 22, 2012)

Documents for Task Force consideration and approval:

Business Entity Draft Articles of Incorporation 8-8-2012

Business Entity Draft Bylaws 8-8-2012

Note: The Business Entity documents have been posted on the SRRTTF website and available for review by the Task Force since July 19, 2012. Comments have been received and incorporated into the attached drafts. If you have further questions or concerns about these documents, please contact Adriane Borgias by Tuesday, August 14th so they may be addressed at the upcoming SRRTTF meeting.

Spokane River Toxics Workshop Report to Task Force

Work Group Report Out 082212 01

Work Group Report Out 082212 02

Task Force Work Plan

SRRTTF Work Plan Objectives Concept R3 08-08-12

SRRTTF Technical Advisor Concept R1 08-08-12

The Task Force Work Plan documents were developed from the recommendations and findings of the Spokane River Toxics Workshop that was held June 5-6, 2012. They are foundational documents to be used in the development of a Request for Proposal for a Technical Advisor.  Please review prior to the Task Force meeting and be prepared to respond and/or provide comment.

Plan for Ecology’s Fiscal Year 2013 Toxics Sampling in the Spokane River

Handout on FY13 sampling for SRRTTF Meeting on 8-23-12

Spokane Riverkeeper, The Lands Council, Kootenai Environmental Alliance letter to EPA re PCBs, Idaho Task Force participation and Idaho NPDES permits

“This letter is  sent on behalf of the Spokane Riverkeeper, The Lands Council, and the Kootenai Environmental Alliance (“Conservation Groups”) in response to your March 29, 2012 letter to Sarah Hubbard-Gray regarding conditions to address PCBs that will be included in the NPDES permits for Spokane River dischargers in the State of Idaho.”

Conservation Groups PCB Letter


February 28th, 2012 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

The Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force is scheduled for:

Date: February 28th, 2012

Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Location: Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District (driving directions)

Call In Number: 800-704-9804

Participant Code: 34863442#

February 28th Meeting Minutes

Meeting Materials
Toxics Task Force Agenda, February 28th

Technical Track Purpose Statement
Conceptual Models
Workshop Purpose Statement
Technical Work Group Report
Task Force Member Data Collection Survey

RFP Coordinator/Facilitator
Ruckelshaus Center Overview

State Literature Review: Toxics Atmospheric Deposition in Eastern Washington

At the request of Ecology’s Eastern Regional Office Water Quality Program, a literature review was conducted to determine possible contributions of air deposition to the loading of toxic chemicals to urban stormwater and wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in Eastern Washington. This includes model ranges of percent loading contribution of PCBs to the City of Spokane stormwater.

Toxics Atmospheric Deposition in Eastern Washington: State Literature Review