Nov. 14, 2019: Workshop on PCB Variances for the Spokane River
We are hosting a one day public workshop to share information on the potential use of PCB variances for five Spokane River dischargers.
When: Nov. 14, 2019, tentatively from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: CenterPlace Regional Events Center
2426 N Discovery Pl
Spokane Valley, WA
You may also attend this workshop via webinar. Register for the webinar here.
We are developing a detailed agenda and meeting materials. At this time, we plan to cover the following topics:
- Overview of PCBs in the Spokane River
- Clean Water Act and Variances 101
- Ecology's rulemaking process and status update
- Status of the discharger specific variance applications
- Next steps
Please note, the topics and meeting time are tentative. As we build the agenda, if it looks like we need to extend the meeting time to start earlier or end later in order to ensure time for discussion, we will update this page.
June 12 to July 11, 2019: We held a public comment period on the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
As part of the formal EIS process, a 21-day scoping notice is held to announce that we are starting to develop a draft EIS and to invite any suggestions on what the scope of the draft EIS should include. On June 28, 2019 we extended the comment period to 30 days. The comment period ended on July 11, 2019.
We asked for comments about alternatives, mitigation measures, adverse impacts, and any other considerations we should include as we develop the EIS. We do not yet have a draft rule; we will start working on the draft in the coming months and will release it for public comment during the rule proposal phase before it is finalized.
See our blog for more information