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.

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Pre Production Plastics And Stormwater March11 2010

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