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Local Source Control

 


 


 

Local Source Control Program

The Local Source Control program at Spokane Regional Health District visits small businesses that generate hazardous waste to evaluate their handling practices. Program specialists assess these businesses for regulatory compliance, while offering new and best management practices for improvements.

The work of this program is important because these hazardous substances, including PCBs, PBDEs (flame retardants), dioxins, furans, and metals, eventually end up in wastewater, groundwater and stormwater, which then flow into the Spokane River. These substances are currently found at harmful levels in fish tissue, water, and sediment in the river.

To protect vulnerable bodies of water like the Spokane River the Washington State Legislature, in 2007, funded the state’s Urban Waters Initiative. Subsequently, in 2008, the Washington State Department of Ecology issued grants to 14 cities and counties, including Spokane, to implement Local Source Control programs to provide pollution prevention technical assistance to small businesses. The goal of the programs, like the one at Spokane Regional Health District, is to identify and control contaminants entering wastewater, groundwater and stormwater at the source. Technical assistance visits are offered without charge to small quantity generators.

The following practices are evaluated by specialists during business visits

  • Generation and pre-treatment of wastewater
  • Management of wash water
  • Waste disposal and recycling
  • Spill prevention
  • Outdoor maintenance practices
  • Outdoor storage practices for products and waste
  • Fueling operations

Regulations:

Brochure Resources:

Website Links:

Spokane River Contacts:

  • Spokane Regional Health District
    Vikki Barthels, Local Source Control Specialist
    (509) 324-1475
    vbarthels@srhd.org
  • Spokane Regional Health District
    Joani Havens, Local Source Control Specialist
    (509) 324-1459
    jhavens@srhd.org
     
  • Department of Ecology
    Ted Hamlin, Urban Water Inspector, Water Quality Program
    (509) 329-3573
    tham461@ecy.wa.gov
  • Department of Ecology
    Jeremy Ryf, Urban Waters Inspector, Hazardous Waste Program
    (509) 329-3498
     jryf461@ecy.wa.gov 
     
  • Department of Ecology
    Brendan Dowling, Hydrologist, Toxic Cleanup Program
    (509) 329-3611
    bdow461@ecy.wa.gov
     

 

 

Get quick, accurate and confidential help!

Our team will help you understand and comply with complex regulations. We will work with you to find the best solutions for using, storing and disposing of hazardous materials.

Contact us, today!

Local Source Control Program
509.324.1560, ext. 3 
pollutionprevention@srhd.org

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August 18, 2017