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Inadvertently Produced PCBs in Inks and Pigments Workshop
Partnerships for Innovative Solutions

October 8th and 9th, 2019
Spokane Convention Center, Spokane WA

REGISTER NOW to ensure your spot. Space is limited.

This workshop is designed interactively with breakout sessions and conversations with moderated panels to foster collaboration. We encourage you to attend in person to make the most of the experience. We are exploring a web-based option for attendance, but opportunities for dialogue and networking will be limited.

Workshop Description

The Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force (SRRTTF) is exploring actions to keep PCBs from entering the Spokane River.  As part of this effort, the Task Force is co-hosting an informational workshop to address inadvertent PCBs in inks and pigments and the downstream products that are manufactured using those inks and pigments. 

The workshop will convene leaders working collaboratively to explore innovative reduction strategies. Invited participants include: SRRTTF members, pigment and ink manufacturers, industries that utilize pigments and inks, downstream suppliers of paper and packaging, industry organizations, nongovernmental organizations, recyclers, procurement experts and regulators.

The workshop is being co-sponsored by the SRRTTF, the Washington State Department of Ecology, and Northwest Green Chemistry (NGC)

Workshop Goals, Objectives and Expected Outcomes

The overarching goal of the workshop is aligned with the SRRTTF’s vision to identify actions that reduce inadvertent PCBs in pigments and inks that have the potential for entering the Spokane River. The intended outcomes of a successful workshop are to:

  1. Educate Task Force members on the pigment and ink supply chain, and how PCBs move from manufacture of pigments and inks to the environment

  2. Address technology innovation and alternatives to known inks and pigments that contain PCBs – what are the possibilities and what are the obstacles?

  3. Explore technical and regulatory options, pilot or demonstration projects, and other solutions, promoting innovation.

The objectives of the workshop are to bring all interested parties together to brainstorm solutions to:

  • Reduce the level of inadvertent PCBs in these products.

  • Identify best practices and existing alternatives.

  • Identify barriers and constraints to alternatives.

  • Develop other technical, regulatory or policy opportunities.

  • Develop relationships and encourage innovative partnerships.

  • Determine measures for implementation.

Workshop Attendance

At this time, the workshop is limited to members of the Task Force, and invited subject matter experts from industry, government and academia. If additional space becomes available, we will open registration more widely. A WebEx option will likely be available for portions of the workshop.

For more information, please contact: Amelia Nestler at anestler@northwestgreenchemistry.org.


Workshop Location

Spokane Convention Center, 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201


Registration for two days includes lunch, coffee, and snacks.

Hotel Information

A block of rooms is being held at the Oxford Suites Downtown Spokane under “PCB Workshop”.  Special rates are available and must be booked by September 8th. Call (509) 353-9000 to reserve rooms at this workshop rate.  The hotel is located directly across the Spokane River from the Convention Center and is easily walk-able. Booking deadline: September 16th.