Washington State requires that copper in anti-fouling boat paint be phased out for recreational use by 2020. The Puget Sound has high levels of copper, which negatively affects marine life such as salmon. Northwest Green Chemistry and the Washington Department of Ecology are working together with stakeholders to conduct a comprehensive alternatives assessment to avoid regrettable substitutions and ensure that new technologies are safer for all. The alternatives assessment evaluates boat antifouling technologies based on hazard, comparative exposure, cost and availability, performance and additional stakeholder concerns. Access the latest stakeholders call here.
Join Dr. Amelia Nestler at NGC's booth, shared with the Clean Boating Foundation, in Port Townsend, WA. Learn more.
Dr. Amelia Nestler will present on best practices for alternatives assessments in the session, "The Science of Safer Chemistry: Researchers, Retailers, and Beyond". Learn more and register.
The third stakeholders call has been scheduled! Join us Thursday, March 30th, from 10:00 - 11:30 AM PT, to discuss the current progress and criteria for the Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment.. Register for the conference call and webinar here.
Learn more about copper, boats, and marine life in this article by Peter Schrappen, who has been working with NGC on the Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment! Peter is the Director of Government Affairs at the Northwest Marine Trade Association, and the Executive Director of the Clean Boating Foundation. Find a quote from NGC's Dr. Amelia Nestler in the full version on issuu.
Join NGC's Executive Director Dr. Lauren Heine for a discussion of alternatives assessments at the Safer Chemicals in Products conference, March 27-28, 2017, in San Francisco, CA.
After consultation with manufacturers, formulators, boatyard operators, and other stakeholders, Northwest Green Chemistry developed a list of 20 products to assess in the Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment. These products represent the variety of technologies currently available for boat owners in Washington State.
There are four recommended modules, all of which are being included in the Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment: Hazard, Performance, Cost & Availability, and Comparative Exposure. In addition to these four modules, NGC is including Stakeholder Concerns as the fifth module.
As part of NGC's work on the Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment, NGC surveyed the current marketplace for different technologies to address fouling on recreational boats. Broadly, these technologies can be split into two different mechanisms: Biocidal and Non-biocidal.
Washington State Department of Ecology is working with Northwest Green Chemistry to identify and evaluate alternatives to copper anti-fouling boat paints, which prevent marine life from attaching to or growing on boat hulls. Copper negatively impacts many forms of aquatic life, notably salmon. NGC will be following the Washington Alternatives Assessment Guide, based on IC2 Alternatives Assessment method.
Alternatives Assessment (AA): process for identifying and comparing potential chemical and non-chemical alternatives that can be used as substitutes to replace chemicals or technologies of high concern (IC2 Guide).
The NGC Team has expertise in science, engineering and multi-stakeholder facilitation. No amount of expertise can replace the perspectives and experience of diverse stakeholders. We encourage all those who are interested to serve as a stakeholder to sign up below. You will help guide selection guide development and to provide feedback by reviewing project information and participating in periodic stakeholder calls.
NGC will present our preliminary results and discuss how best to communicate the results in a clear and understandable way
The third stakeholders call for the anti-fouling boat paint alternatives assessment has been scheduled! Register for the conference call and webinar here.
Drs. Lauren Heine and Amelia Nestler join Peter Schrappen (Clean Boating Foundation and Northwest Marine Trade Association) at the Seattle Boat Show! Stop by, meet NGC's staff in person, and learn more about the Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment.
NGC presented proposed evaluation criteria for the recommended modules (hazard, performance, cost and availability, comparative exposure) and for the project-specific module of stakeholder concerns (chemicals of concern to boatyards, VOCs, chemicals of concern to Puget Sound) and solicited feedback.
Northwest Green Chemistry presented an overview of the Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment and began to solicit feedback.