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INNOVATIVE AGREEMENT IN WASHINGTON STATE TO CUT COSTS, BOOST WATER 
QUALITY; PROJECT WILL SERVE AS  MODEL FOR SHIPYARDS NATIONWIDE

On Sept. 25, EPA signed a Project XL agreement with the Puget Sound 
Naval Shipyard (PSNS) in Bremerton, Wash., to test an innovative 
management strategy for protecting and improving the Sinclair Inlet 
surface waters adjacent to the shipyard.  In this XL project, the 
shipyard is proposing a two phase pilot to demonstrate the use of 
innovative ecological risk assessment tools as a part of a more 
protective strategy for managing pollution in Sinclair Inlet, and to 
assess whether this approach could be used in all naval shipyards.  
During Phase I, PSNS will attempt to identify areas of overlapping 
data collection, determine areas where data should be collected and 
assess the kinds of pollution affecting health of the inlet.  Superior 
environmental protection will be measured by changes in water quality, 
sediment quality, biological health and biodiversity in the inlet 
ecosystem. Although, PSNS is not requesting regulatory flexibility 
during phase one of this XL project, PSNS may request flexibility 
during the second phase to implement an alternative strategy for 
protecting water quality. This innovative strategy could lead to a 
water pollution trading program that could maximize water 
quality benefits and minimize costs. 

Margaret Nover
Pollution Prevention Program
City of Portland, Oregon
(503) 823-7623
margaret@bes.ci.portland.or.us

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