Columbia River Toxics Reduction Workshop - Feb. 25, 2010

EPA, with other partners, will be hosting a Columbia River Toxics Reduction workshop on February 25, 2010, in Portland, OR.

Columbia River Toxics Reduction Workshop - Feb. 25, 2010
Reducing PBDEs in the Columbia River Basin
Ambridge Events Center, 1333 NE Martin Luther King Dr., Portland, OR

Registration is requested; registration will be open starting Jan. 4th, 2010

Purpose of Workshop:
What are toxic flame retardants? What are the types? Octa? Penta? Others?
Where are these being found and how do they affect human and ecosystem health?
How do we regulate and reduce flame retardants in the environment?

8:30 am Workshop Registration & Check In
8:45 am EPA Welcome and Opening
8:55 am What Do We Know About PBDEs? Why Do We Care?

  • Arlene Blum, PhD, Executive Director, Green Science Policy Institute

  • David Stone, PhD, Oregon State University

  • Prasada Kodavanti, PhD, EPA Office of Research and Development

    10:15 am Break

    10:30am Where are PBDEs found in the Columbia River Basin?
    Facilitated by Lorraine Edmond, EPA

    • Jennifer Morace & Elena Nilson, USGS

    • Lyndal Johnson, NOAA Science Center

    • Bob Grove, USGS

    • Chad Furl, WA Ecology

    • Jim Coyle, OR DEQ

    • Eric Blischke, EPA

    12 noon Lunch

    1:00 pm How Are PBDEs Being Regulated and Managed?
    Facilitated by Andrew Kolesseus, WA Ecology
    WA PBDE Ban: Carol Kraege, WA Ecology
    OR PBDE Ban: Travis Williams, Willamette Riverkeeper
    EU Precautionary Principle - Renee Hackenmiller-Paradis, PhD Oregon Environmental Council
    EPA Design for Environment Kelly Grant, PhD, EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics

    2:15 pm What is Future of Green Chemistry? (30 minutes w/ 15 minute q&a)
    Elizabeth Grossman, Author of "Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry"

    2:45 pm Break

    3:00 pm Interactive Panel with Workshop Attendees: How do we reduce flame retardants in our environment?
    Discussion Leader: Arlene Blum w/5 minute commentaries by WA Ecology, OR DEQ, EPA OPPT-Design for Environment, and OEC

    4:30 pm Wrap- Up and Adjourn