Columbia River Toxics Reduction Working Group - August Meeting

 1)  Columbia River Toxics Reduction Working Group Meeting -  September

21, 2010, Goldendale, WA. The next meeting of the Columbia River Toxics
Reduction Working Group Meeting will be 9:30am to 3:30pm September 21 at
the lovely Maryhill Museum, Goldendale, WA.   Presentations include
Merlin Berg of the Wy'East Resource Conservation & Development Council
to discuss the organophosphate reductions achieved with the Integrated
Fruit Production Network, update on the September final release of the
Columbia River Toxics Reduction Action Plan, update on EPA Lower
Columbia River Superfund Site Assessment Work, update on Upper Columbia
River (Lake Roosevelt) Monitoring Work, Brett VandenHeuvel of Columbia
Riverkeeper will share some observations and lessons learned from his 3
weeks in the Gulf of Mexico, and the Working Group will present the 2010
Columbia River Hero Award.
The museum has limited facilities for lunch so we are asking attendees
to RSVP for the meeting to Mary Lou Soscia @ I
have attached an agenda for the meeting.
2)  EPA will be releasing the Final Columbia River Toxics Reduction
Action Plan on September 23, 2010, at the Umatilla Indian Reservation,
Pendleton, OR in a collaborative press event with the Confederated
Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation who have been national leaders
on collaborative toxics reduction.  This collaborative action plan, is a
follow up the Columbia River Basin State of the River Report for Toxics
and  includes 5 initiatives and over 60 actions to reduce toxics in the
Columbia River Basin.  Thanks to all who have worked hard for the past
couple of years to make this report a reality.
3) Treating Contaminants of Emerging Concern: A Literature Review
EPA has published the results of an extensive review of the recent
literature on wastewater treatment technologies and their ability to
remove a number of chemical contaminants of emerging concern (CECs). We
have also made available a computer-searchable format of the data from
this literature review. The new tools provide an accessible and
comprehensive body of historical information about current CEC treatment
technologies. The report discusses 16 of the over 200 CECs present in
the database, and the average percent removals achieved by full-scale
treatment systems that employ six of the more than 20 reported treatment
Wastewater treatment plant operators, designers, and others may find
this information useful in their studies of ways to remove CECs from
wastewater. The report is not designed to promote any one technology nor
is it intended to set agency policy or priorities in terms of risk. The
literature review report and the searchable file were peer-reviewed for
completeness and usability.
More information can be found at:
4) EPA Releases Draft Strategy for Clean Water
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting the public to
comment on the agency’s draft strategy to protect and restore our
nation’s lakes, streams and coastal waters. The strategy, “Coming
Together for Clean Water: EPA’s Strategy for Achieving Clean Water,” is
designed to chart EPA’s path in furthering EPA Administrator Lisa P.
Jackson’s key priority of protecting America’s waters.
The strategy was developed by considering the input and ideas generated
at the April “Coming Together for Clean Water” forum as well as comments
received through the online discussion forum. Participants shared their
perspectives on how to advance the EPA’s clean water agenda focusing on
the agency’s two priority areas: healthy watersheds and sustainable
communities. EPA is now inviting the public to consider and provide
their comments on the approaches outlined in the strategy.
Public comments on the draft strategy should be submitted by September
17. EPA will review all comments and post a final strategy later in the
More information on the draft strategy and to comment: