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2014 TOXICS REDUCTION CONFERENCE
Water Quality - Human Health - Sediment

Toxics ReductionNovember 17, 2014
Washington Convention Center
Seattle, Washington

Topics

  • CWA, CERCLA & MTCA
  • Strategies to Reduce Toxic Discharges
  • Water Quality Standards
  • Fish Consumption Rates
  • Human Health Criteria
  • Sediment Management Standards
  • Stormwater & Source Control

     
8:00-8:30   Registration & Continental Breakfast
       
8:30   Welcome, Introductions and Conference Kick-Off
     
  Holly Duncan
Environmental Law Education Center

TOXICS REDUCTION & WATER QUALITY
8:30-9:00 Governor Jay Inslee’s Efforts to Develop an Integrated Approach to Toxics Reduction
    Updating Washington’s Water Quality Standards to Meet Today’s Toxic Threats
    Proposed Legislation & Rulemaking ‐ What’s Next?
     
 

Robert Duff
Senior Policy Advisor – Natural Resources and Environment
Governor’s Legislative Affairs and Policy Office

   
9:00-9:30 Protecting Water Quality in Washington
    Big Picture on Water Quality in Washington: Programs Priorities, Policy Initiatives and Protecting Water
    Water Quality and the Governor’s Toxics Reduction Strategies
     
 

Heather Bartlett
Water Quality Program Manager
Washington Department of Ecology

       

9:30-10:00 Break

 
WATER QUALITY STANDARDS, HUMAN HEALTH CRITERIA AND FISH CONSUMPTION
10:00-10:30 Legal Developments – Water Quality, Fish Consumption, Human Health, Environmental Cleanup
    CWA, WQS, FCR, HHC, CERCLA, MTCA, SMS – How Does it All Fit Together?
    Legal Impacts of Proposed Water Quality Standards and Possible Litigation Scenarios
     
 

Douglas Steding, PhD, JD
Graham and Dunn

 
10:30-11:00 Latest Developments on Human Health Water Quality Criteria
    National Human Health Water Quality Criteria Recommendations
    Water Quality Standards in Region 10 States
     
 

Angela Chung
Manager, Water Quality Standards
US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10

 
11:00-11:30 WASHINGTON PROPOSED RULES ‐ Preliminary Draft Rule Package, Water Quality Standards for Human Health Criteria, Implementation Tools
    Governor Inslee’s Risk Management Decisions
    Preliminary Draft Rule Package ‐ Released September 30, 2014
    Implementation Tools and Economic Impact
     
 

Cheryl Niemi
Water Quality Standards Toxics Specialist
Water Quality Program, WA Department of Ecology

 
11:30-12:00 Questions and Discussion
       

12:00-1:00 Lunch (Provided)

 
IMPACTS AND IMPLICATIONS OF WASHINGTON’S PROPOSALS
1:00-1:30 Impacts on Tribes: Water Quality & Fish Consumption in Washington & Oregon
    Developing a Fish Consumption Rate ‐ Why Does the Fish Consumption Rate Matter?
    How Will Washington’s Proposals Affect Tribes?
    Implications of Washington’s Proposals & Experiences with Oregon’s Water Quality Standards
     
  Carl Merkle
Department of Natural Resources
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
       
1:30-2:00 Impacts on Environmental Cleanup Projects ‐‐ Relationship Between Water Quality Standards and Sediment Management Standards
    How do the proposed WQS relate to the Sediment Management Standards?
    How will the Water Quality Standards impact CERCLA & MTCA Cleanup Projects?
     
  Kris Hendrickson, PE
Landau Associates
       
2:00-2:30 Impacts of Washington’s Proposals on Businesses and NPDES Permits
    What are some technical implications of the proposed Water Quality Standards?
    How will the proposed Water Quality Standards affect NPDES Permits?
     
  Nancy Judd, Senior Associate
Windward Environmental
       

2:30-3:00 Break

 
ECOLOGICAL IMPACTS AND STRATEGIES TO REDUCE TOXIC DISCHARGES
3:00-3:45 Toxics & Water Quality – Source Control & Stormwater Runoff
    What are the ecological impacts of toxic stormwater runoff?
    How can we effectively reduce the impacts and prevent stormwater toxicity?
    What’s working?
     
 

Jenifer McIntyre, PhD
Washington State University, Puyallup Research and Extension Center

       
3:45-4:30 Source Control, Toxic Chemicals and Biological Improvements
    How should we approach source control across a range of toxic chemicals?
    Where are we on measuring loadings of toxic chemicals into Puget Sound? Are we improving?
    How can we monitor for and determine biological improvements?
     
  Tracy Collier, PhD
Chair, Delta Independent Science Board, CA
Former Science Director, Puget Sound Partnership
Former Division Director, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA
       
 

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