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2015 Northwest
TOXICS REDUCTION & WATER QUALITY CONFERENCE

Toxics and Water QualityDecember 7, 2015
Washington Convention Center
Seattle, Washington

Topics

  • Water Quality Standards
  • Human Health Criteria
  • Fish Consumption
  • Climate Change Impacts
  • Chemical Action Plans
  • Reducing Toxic Discharges
  • Stormwater Treatment

     
8:00-8:30   Registration & Continental Breakfast
       

WATER QUALITY, TOXICS REDUCTION, FISH CONSUMPTION
& CLIMATE CHANGE
8:30-9:00 Significant Legal, Regulatory & Policy Issues – How Do the Pieces Fit Together?
    Need for an Integrated Strategy to Reduce Toxics in the Environment, and Protect Water Quality and Human Health
    Where does climate change fit into the discussion?
     
 

Rodney Brown
Cascadia Law PLLC

   
9:00-9:30 Toxic, Treaty Rights, Fish Consumption and Climate Change
    What is an acceptable risk in setting human health-based water quality criteria?
    What are the threats to high fish consumers from toxic contaminants and climate change?
    Protecting Tribes’ Treaty Rights
     
 

Paul Lumley
Executive Director
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

       

9:30-9:45 Break

 
TOXICS REDUCTION AND WATER QUALITY IN WASHINGTON
9:45-10:15 Water Quality, Toxic Exposure, Fish Consumption and Public Health
    Governor Inslee’s Strategies to Protect Public Health and Water Quality
    Latest Developments in Washington and Timeline for Action
     
 

Robert Duff
Senior Policy Advisory – Natural Resources and Environment
Governor Jay Inslee’s Legislative Affairs and Policy Office

 
10:15-10:45 Protecting Water Quality in Washington
    Update on Washington’s Clean Water Act Programs
    Proposed Approach to Water Quality Standards for Toxic Exposure
    What would the proposed rule mean for the regulated community?
     
 

Heather Bartlett
Water Quality Program Manager
Washington Department of Ecology

 

10:45-11:00 Break

 
IMPLEMENTING WATER QUALITY STANDARDS IN OREGON
11:00-11:30 Water Quality Standards and Toxics Reduction in Oregon
    Oregon’s Experience with Implementing Human Health Criteria
    Other Efforts in Oregon Related to Toxic Pollutants
    Expected Outcomes
     
 

*Jennifer Wigal
Water Quality Program Manager
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

       
11:30-12:00 Practical Effects of Oregon’s Human Health Water Quality Criteria
    How has Oregon’s 2011 adopting of more stringent human health criteria affected municipal and industrial dischargers and other regulated entities?
    What regulatory mechanisms are available to dischargers if compliance with water quality criteria is not practical or immediately practicable?
    Innovative Oregon Human Health Criteria: de minimis allowances and variable risk levels
     
 

*Michael Campbell
Stoel Rives LLP

       

12:00-1:00 LUNCH (Provided)

 
TOXICS REDUCTION STRATEGIES
1:00-1:30 EPA’s Efforts to Protect Fish Consumers from Exposure to Toxic Pollutants
    Water Quality Standards - Activities in Region 10
    National Human Health Water Quality Criteria Recommendations
    Other Examples of Toxic Reduction Efforts in Region 10
     
 

*Matthew Szelag
Water Quality Standards Coordinator
US EPA Region 10

       
1:30-2:00 Washington’s Strategies for Reducing Toxic Threats
    Chemical Action Plans to Reduce Mercury, Flame Retardants, Lead, PAHs and PCBs
    Next Steps to Identify and Reduce Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic Chemicals
     
 

*Holly Davies, PhD
Toxics Policy Coordinator
Washington Department of Ecology

       

2:00-2:30 Break

 
WATER QUALITY STANDARDS AND HUMAN HEALTH CRITERIA ~
IMPACTS, IMPLICATIONS & COMPLIANCE
2:30-3:00 Latest Legal Developments in Washington on Human Health Water Quality Criteria
    Important Legal Issues for Proposed Water Quality Standards Rule
    Possible Litigation Scenarios
    What do you need to know?
     
 

*Doug Steding, PhD, JD
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn

       
3:00-3:30 Approaches to Complying with Proposed Water Quality Standards
    Effective Stormwater Treatment Technologies
    Treatment System Performance Data Including Capital and Operational Costs
     
 

*Joe Kalmar, P.E.
Landau Associates

       
3:30-4:00 Questions and Discussion – Reducing Toxic Chemicals and Protecting Public Health
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