Final Report on study of the Use of Fungi to Degrade Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
You are asked to review and provide feedback on the final report released from the Lands Council on the use of Fungi to Degrade Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs). This review period fulfill a goal in Comp Plan element 5.12 (emerging end of pipe stormwater technologies) under which the Task Force decided to review the Lands Council Report in preparation for a decision on funding Phase 2 of this work. The report and all supporting data are posted below . Please send your comments to Mike Petersen (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than 12 noon on January 17th, 2018.
Mike will review all comments and will summarize them to the Task Force at the January 24th, 2018 full Task Force meeting. This will be in advance of the potential Task Force decision to allocate $15,000 in support of Phase 2 funding for this project. The Task Force could decide to table the funding decision, in the event the review/comment period elicits any issues needing resolution prior to Phase 2 funding being allocated.
On August 28th, during their annual conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), which is the national non-profit, non-partisan association of state and territorial environmental agency leaders, passed a resolution addressed to the EPA that laid out several points about how to best address levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in wastewater discharges to our nation’s waterbodies.
“The passage of the resolution was really a significant event,” said Ted Sturdevant the director of the Washington State Department of Ecology. “State environmental regulators heard the exact same message from industry, academia and the environmental community — we need to turn off the faucet that is allowing this pollution stream to continue. That allowed a very diverse gathering of states to agree to a strong statement calling for a national solution. The states are fed up with trying to solve pollution problems at the end of the pipe, when the solutions are best found through prevention at the national level. It’s why ECOS has called for comprehensive reform of the federal law governing toxic substances, and why we’ll keep pushing at the national level, and within our own states, until we get there.” Ted Sturdevant, Director, Washington State
“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.”