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Pre Production Plastics And Stormwater March11 2010
 

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An outreach presentation used by the CA Water Boards to educate others about the perils of pre-production plastic pellets.

An outreach presentation used by the CA Water Boards to educate others about the perils of pre-production plastic pellets.

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    Pre Production Plastics And Stormwater March11 2010 Pre Production Plastics And Stormwater March11 2010 Presentation Transcript

    • Pre-Production Plastics and Stormwater California Water Environment Association Chris Haynes and Greg Gearheart
    • “One word – plastics.”
    • Plastic’s Benefits
      • Over the last 40 years plastics have become ubiquitous in our lives
        • Improving health in medicine
        • Preserving food
        • Saving energy
        • Changing the way we work and play
    • Plastic’s Costs
      • Over the last 40 years plastics have also become ubiquitous in the environment
        • Plastic has become trash in our oceans, rivers, lakes and streams
        • Plastic bags blow across our landscape
        • Plastics contain new chemicals of concern such as Bisphenol A
    • Water Quality/Stormwater Response
      • Trash TMDLs
        • LA
        • SF
        • Others
      • Beach Cleanups
      • Industrial and Construction General Permits
    • Preproduction Plastic (PPP)
      • The raw material input for nearly all plastic products
      • PPP is small <5mm
      • Seen as pellets, powders and flakes
      • Found throughout the world’s oceans
      • Found on California beaches
      • Demonstrated environmental harm
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    • AB 258 - CA Water Code 13367
      • Applies to facilities in California that manufacture, handle, or transport preproduction plastics.
      • Discharge of preproduction plastics is determined by the California Legislature to be a threat to the state’s marine environment.
      • Potential sources of preproduction plastics in the environment are manufacturers, transporters, warehousers, processors, and recyclers.
      • Migration of preproduction plastics from international waters may also be a potential source.
    • Preproduction Plastic Pellet (PPP) Issues
      • Spilled PPP can be transported by stormwater
      • PPP is a problematic type of litter to remove due to its small size and resistance to environmental degradation.
      • PPP can be mistaken for food by marine life.
      • PPP consumed by marine life can cause feelings of satiation which lead to starvation.
      • PPP absorbs persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and marine life consumption of PPP may intensify bioaccumulation these pollutants.
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    • Preproduction Plastic Pellets in the Environment
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    • Water Board Activities
      • Conduct compliance inspections
      • Self Audit
      • Stakeholder Outreach
      • Re-issue Industrial Stormwater General Permit
    • The Ask – What Can MS4s Do to Help?
      • Local agencies are more likely to see and correct this problem – please keep an eye out for PPPs and related facilities.
      • Recognize PPP as a pollutant of concern
      • If you see outdoor exposure of PPP, and think it is appropriate, require IGP coverage. If you aren’t sure, call for help.
      • Address PPP in SWPPPs using “state of the art” resources – call us for help.
    • You don’t want to see this:
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    • How it should look:
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    • For More Information
      • Water Board Program Contacts:
        • Greg Gearheart – [email_address] – (916) 341-5892
        • Chris Haynes – [email_address] - (916) 341-6899
        • Dylan Seidner – [email_address] - (916) 341-5576
        • http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/stormwater/plasticdebris.shtml
      • Best Management Practices/Resources
        • Operation Clean Sweep: http://www.opcleansweep.org/
        • USEPA Report: http://tinyurl.com/ydjkjde