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PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT ON TOXIC CHEMICALS IN GREAT LAKES


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From: PNEAC Webmaster (pneac@istc.illinois.edu)
Date: Mon Nov 29 1999 - 10:54:16 CST


EPA is seeking public comment on information and data gathered to date by
EPA's Great Lakes National Program Office in its joint effort with Canada
to eliminate persistent toxic substances in the Great Lakes.

Preliminary draft reports are now available on Polychlorinated Biphenyls
(PCBs), Mercury, Alkyl Lead, Benzo(a)Pyrene and Hexachorobenzene. The
reports discuss sources that release the substances and the regulations and
programs that manage or control the releases. The reports were developed as
a result of the Canada-United States Strategy for the Virtual Elimination
of Persistent Toxic Substances in the Great Lakes, signed by both countries
on April 7, l997. In a separate action, in September l999, EPA
Administrator Carol M. Browner proposed significant reductions in direct
discharges of most toxic chemicals into the Great Lakes through "mixing
zones."

EPA announced the availability of the preliminary draft reports and request
for public comment in the Federal Register on Nov. 1. EPA will take public
comment through Dec. 30. Copies of the preliminary draft reports and
additional information are available at: http://www.epa.gov/bns or from Dan
Hopkins at 312-886-5994 or 312-886-2737 (fax) or at hopkins.dan@epa.gov

Gary Jones
Graphic Arts Technical Foundation
200 Deer Run Road
Sewickley, PA 15143
412/741-6860 x608 - Phone
412/741-2311 - Fax


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