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Regional Roundtable Presentations 2018

Our 27th annual Regional Roundtable took place on October 2nd and 3rd at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Olympia.  During day one there were presentations and discussions on aligning work with the amended TSCA, transportation and toxics, evolving trends and new research in particulates, new technologies in transportation, current and upcoming legislation as it relates to toxics, product innovation and sustainability mapping, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and industrial stormwater.  Day one ended with a tour, P2 assessment and reception at the Three Magnets Brewing Company.

Day two covered lean Six Sigma for P2 professionals, how to develop a P2 case study, plastics in the environment, pain points and P2, a virtual presentation on plastics in the ocean by the Algalita Marine Research Institute and a world café session revolving around what is needed to bring the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable to a national presence.  Below you’ll find expanded descriptions of the sessions and PDF versions of the presentations.

Opportunities for States/Regions to Align Work with Amended Toxic Substances Control Act

The amended TSCA was intended to implement evaluation of the potential health impacts of existing chemicals on the market and design use restrictions to eliminate unreasonable risks.  In practice this noble goal has been challenging and complicated.  By what method are chemicals prioritized for evaluation?  Where can updates on EPA’s progress and decisions be found?  How can stakeholders align their work to complement ongoing TSCA evaluations?  This session aimed to provide a venue for structured dialogue around these and other questions.

Transportation and Toxics

Our transportation choices have direct impacts on neighboring communities as well as regional air and water quality.  They can also provide new opportunities for economic development and waste management solutions.  This session looked at addressing these challenges in Washington State through improvements in airport ground operations, renewable natural gas production and porous asphalt paving systems.

Particulate Matter: Evolving Trends and New Research

This session covered research undertaken by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality into sources and variations in particulate matter in an effort to identify pollution prevention opportunities.

New Technologies in Transportation

Almost every business has a fleet of vehicles, whether it’s one or hundreds.  The market ready availability of electric, gas/electric hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles is rapidly expanding.  This session covered aftermarket electrification/hybridization of medium and heavy duty vehicles, electric vehicle implementation, renewable diesel and vehicle telematics.

KEYNOTE: Current and Upcoming Legislation as it Relates to Toxics

Mr. Duff presented on current and upcoming legislation as it relates to toxics in all environmental media.  He also provided a description of Governor Inslee’s priorities as they relate to climate change and the challenges we face as a state to effect change.

Product Innovation and Sustainability Mapping (PrISM)

The principles of green chemistry and green engineering inform the practice of alternatives assessment and alternatives assessment can inform product design.  This session shared some key goals and recommendations from the Green Chemistry and Engineering Roadmap.  To help achieve these goals the Product Innovation and Sustainability prototype was developed.  PrISM is a resource that provides users with guiding questions and recommended tools and metrics that support a circular economy, natural resource preservation and a just and inclusive society.

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

PFAS are ubiquitous environmental contaminants.  Hundreds of members of this chemical class are found in contaminated air, water, soil and sediment.  PFAS have unique and highly valued properties, but are difficult to detect and quantify and many are highly mobile and/or transform into extremely persistent substances.  This session reviewed the chemistry and fate of PFAS substances and discussed recent Washington State efforts to reduce releases and exposures.

Industrial Stormwater

This session included two components.  The first described how the storm drain solids samples are used to identify sources, prioritize source control efforts and looked at some tools the City of Seattle is using to support source tracing.  The second covered a study evaluating the effectiveness of two different bioretention technologies constructed a s a stormwater retrofit project to treat highway runoff in Shoreline, WA.  The study adds new information on the performance of mature bioretention installations and important maintenance considerations.

National Pollution Prevention Roundtable Overview

Lissa McCracken speaks about a new direction that the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) is taking and how pollution prevention programs throughout the nation can help shape the Roundtable through participation.  Also, learn about NPPR’s new workgroups and its planned workgroup conference in the spring of 2019.

Lean Six Sigma for P2 Professionals

The session objective is to learn more about using lean and six sigma to help eliminate waste of all kinds, including environmental wastes, and prevent pollution.  This was an interactive session and no presentations were used. Attendees learned how to;

  • Use lean, green and six sigma tools to complete successful projects with clients.
  • Connect with Manufacturing Extension Partners and other lean/six sigma practitioners to collaborate on process improvement projects.
  • Understand the role of the P2 technical assistance staff in these projects.

How to Develop a P2 Case Study

This session engaged participants in the exploration of systematic approaches to colleting impact data and reviewing examples of written cost studies prepared from the technical assistance projects.  It ended with a discussion of the challenges of balancing effort and resources devoted to the actual technical assistance and to follow-up impact analysis and documentation.

Plastics and the Environment

This session provided an excellent overview of plastics and the environment, looking at sources of plastic pollution, including microplastics in both saltwater and freshwater systems in Region 10.  There as a focus on plastic packaging and finally a look at the limited effectiveness of current solutions and what other solutions are being disseminated.

Pain Points and P2 (Air and Water Quality)

Participants learned more about regulatory pain/pressure points to help facilities reduce waste, pollution, and use safer chemical alternatives.  This included an understanding of what data sources to mine or people resources to connect with to know what facilities are now and/or will be experiencing in terms of these pain points.

Using EPA’s Echo Tool to Target Pollution Prevention Efforts – Teague Powell

Plastic Pollution: Sources, Manifestations and Needed Actions

Twenty years of work in the field of plastic pollution has given the Algalita Marine Research Foundation a rounded perspective of this issue.  A balance between “inspire” and “require,” an empowered, energized youth and leadership in the plastics industry are all part of that equation.  In this webinar-style presentation Algalita’s Education Director, Anika Ballent, shares the successes and challenges they’ve experienced in this work.

Video link coming soon

NPPR Discussion – World Café Format

This was a discussion on what is needed to bring the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable to national prominence.  Since 2010 a series of events have led to the minimization of the NPPR in terns of advocacy, stature, and as a source of resources for the nationwide pollution prevention community.  These events were addressed and solutions discussed to move the NPPR forward as a national voice for P2.

NPPR World Café Moderated by Lisa Cox and Lissa McCracken

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