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2013 NORTHWEST TOXICS CONFERENCE
Advanced SedimentsEfforts to Reduce Toxic Discharges and Remove Toxic Pollutants from the Environment

Federal and State Policies and Priorities | Regulating and Reducing Toxic Chemicals |Water Quality Programs | Oregon and California | Path Forward

September 26, 2013
Washington Convention Center
Seattle, Washington

 

     
8:30-9:00   Registration and Continental Breakfast
       
9:00   Welcome and Introductions
     
  Holly Duncan, President
Environmental Law Education Center

FEDERAL AND STATE POLICIES AND PRIORITIES
9:00-9:30 EPA's Multi‐Pronged Approach to Reduce and Remove Toxics
    Highlights from US EPA, Region 10
    Using the Clean Water Act and Water Quality Programs to Reduce Toxics
    Water Quality Standards & Fish Consumption Rates - Federal and State Developments
     
 

Dan Opalski, Director, Office of Waters and Watersheds
US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10

       
9:30-10:00 Washington's Priorities for Toxics Reduction
    Reducing Toxics in Fish, Sediment and Water
    Ecology's Integrated Strategy to Remove Toxics
     
  Maia Bellon, Director
Washington Department of Ecology
       

10:00-10:30 Break

 
REGULATING AND REDUCING TOXIC CHEMICALS
10:30-11:00 Toxics Regulation and Human Health Criteria - What is the Ultimate Goal?
    Environmental Justice, Fish Consumption Rates and Risk Policy under the Clean Water Act
    Problems, Solutions and What is Achievable
     
 

James Tupper, Tupper Mack Wells PLLC

       
11:00-11:30 Toxic Chemical Management
    Managing Chemicals with Probabilities: Why and When?
    Probabilities: Pros & Cons
    Examples for Liability and Asset Chemicals
     
  Bruce K. Hope, PhD, CH2M HILL
       
11:30-12:00 Tribal Perspective - Steps to Decrease Toxic Discharges
    Efforts to Regulate Toxics and the Impact on Tribes
    Important Toxics Issues Facing Tribes
     
  Dianne Barton, PhD, Columbia River Inter‐Tribal Fish Commission
Chair, National Tribal Toxics Council
       

12:00-1:00 Lunch

 
WATER QUALITY PROGRAMS
1:00-1:30 Washington's Water Quality Policies and Programs
    Developing Water Quality Standards & Fish Consumption Rates - Latest Developments
    Implementation and Compliance Tools
    Other Timely Developments in Washington's Water Quality Programs
     
  Kelly Susewind, Manager, Water Quality Program
Washington Department of Ecology
       
1:30-2:00 Oregon's Water Quality Standards for Fish Consumption
    Developing and Implementing Human Health Criteria
    Practical Effects on Health and Regulated Entities
    What's on the Horizon: Aquatic Life Criteria for Toxic Pollutants and More
     
  Jennifer Wigal, Manager, Water Quality Standards and Assessment
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
       
2:00-2:15 Questions and Discussion about Water Quality Standards in Oregon and Washington
       

2:15-2:30 Break

 
THE PATH FORWARD: SPECIFIC ACTIONS TO REDUCE TOXICS
2:30-3:00 Toxics Reduction Action Planning
    Steps for Governments, Nonprofits, Industries, and Citizens to Help Reduce Toxics
    Latest Developments in Idaho
    Impacts of Pesticides and Pharmaceuticals and Other Timely Topics
     
  Mary Lou Soscia
US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10
       
3:00-3:30 California Implementation and Case Study
    Regional Monitoring Program in San Francisco Bay - Lessons Learned over 20 years
    Long Term Status and Trends
    Successes (Copper, Pesticides) and Challenges (PCBs, Fish Consumption and Impairment)
     
  Bridgette DeShields
Integral Consulting Inc
       
3:30-4:00 A Path Forward: Legal and Regulatory Tools to Remove Toxics from the Environment
    Toxic Chemical Management - Reducing Exposure to Toxics Chemicals
    Recommendations from Toxic Reduction Strategies Workgroup
     
  Rodney L. Brown
Cascadia Law Group PLLC
       
4:00-4:30 A Roundtable Discussion ‐ Strategies to Remove Toxics
     
  Speakers and Conference Participants
 

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