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What's New
The great Illinois oil rush
Chicago Tribune (9/14)
Cleanup crews worked through the day Monday to repair a damaged section of pipeline in south suburban Romeoville that was responsible for leaking an estimated 256,000 gallons of crude oil since last week. The spill was among the largest in the Chicago area in the last 20 years.

Teamwork needed to prevent Great Lakes spills, report says
Newsday (10/10)
The International Joint Commission, which advises the U.S. and Canada on issues concerning the Great Lakes, said that governments on both sides of the border should work more closely to prevent and keep track of spills that pollute the Great Lakes system.

Freighter spills fuel into Lake Superior
The Daily Mining Gazette (10/6)
Weather aided the recovery of about 800 gallons worth of dime-sized tar balls that washed ashore from a fuel oil spill aboard the combined tug-barge M/V Presque Isle about 25 miles west of Eagle Harbor, Mich., on Lake Superior.

Region deals with deadly nerve agent
Great Lakes Radio Consortium (2/24)
In west-central Indiana, the military is planning to dispose of Nerve Agent VX and some people fear having the chemical pass into their neighborhoods on its way to an industrial waste disposal company.

Nemadji River escapes harm following oil spill
The Superior Daily Telegram (1/27)
The Nemadji River escaped serious environmental damage this weekend following an oil spill from the Enbridge Energy Partners Terminal in Superior, Wisc.

Cold contains Superior oil spill
Duluth News Tribune (1/26)
The cold weather helped cleanup efforts Saturday after more than 18,000 gallons of crude oil spilled onto the frozen Nemadji River in Superior.

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General Resources
Human Health and the Great Lakes
U.S. EPA Region 5 / Great Lakes Commission
Featuring information on hot topics like drinking water and fish consumption, Human Health and the Great Lakes provides complete and up-to-date information about issues of human health in the Great Lakes region. Also contains a comprehensive glossary of Great Lakes terms and several links to related online resources. Based on data taken from the EPA's Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP) studies.

Hazardous Sites Cleanup Program
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
The Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act provides to DEP the funding and authority to conduct cleanup actions at sites where hazardous substances have been released.

Hazardous Substance Release/Health Effects Database
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Hazdat provides access to information on the release of hazardous substances from Superfund sites or from emergency events and on the effects of hazardous substances on the health of human populations.

Hazardous Substances & Public Health
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Top 20 Hazardous Substances Priority Lists
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
This annual evaluation activity fulfills the conditions of CERCLA section 104 (i), as ammended, which requires ATSDR and EPA to revise the priority list of hazardous substances yearly to include additional hazardous substances.

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Area Contingency Plans
To help minimize damage from a potential oil spill, the Clean Water Act, as amended by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, calls for the preparation of Area Contingency Plans (ACPs). These plans help improve coordination at the national, regional and local planning levels, and enhance the availability of trained personnel, necessary equipment and scientific support that may be needed to adequately address all discharges.
 
Area Contingency Plans are developed by an Area Committee made up of technically qualified individuals from federal, state and local government agencies. Responsibility for these plans is shared by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is responsible for the inland zone, and the U.S. Coast Guard, which is responsible for the coastal zone.

 
Minneapolis/St. Paul Sub-Area Contingency Plan
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 5
The plan is a tool to coordinate timely and effective responses by private industry, local and state officials, and various federal agencies to minimize damage resulting from releases of oil or hazardous materials.

Northern Michigan Sub-area Contingency Plan
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 5
Comprises 26 Michigan Counties in the Northern Lower Peninsula and the Central and Eastern Upper Peninsula.

Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan and Area Contingency Plan
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 5
The combined plan provides a tool for emergency response personnel to respond to an oil or hazardous materials incident.

Quad Cities Sub-area Contingency Plan
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Facilitates a timely and effective cooperative response by representatives of local, state and federal agencies to an oil discharge or release of a hazardous substance in the Quad Cities area.

Western Lake Erie Area Contingency Plan
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 5
Comprises the Ohio Counties of Erie, Ottawa, Lucas, Sandusky, and Wood and the Michigan County of Monroe in the Western Basin of Lake Erie.

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Spills
Freshwater Spills Information Clearinghouse
A product of the Great Lakes Spill Protection Initiative, this site serves as a point of entry for users searching for freshwater planning and response information, research data and abstracts, education and outreach materials, and more.

Great Lakes Environmental Sensitivity Atlases and Digital Database
Environment Canada
These atlases are publications that have been developed to aid agencies and companies prepare and respond to spills of oil and other hazardous materials in the Great Lakes.

Oil Planning and Response Section
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 5
Includes an Oil Spill Learning Center, Inland Spill Response data and maps, photo gallery, and a complete overview of area contingency planning activities in the Great Lakes region.

USCG District 9 Marine Safety Environmental Protection
United States Coast Guard
A guide and link to the responsibilities encompassed at each Marine Safety Office in the Great Lakes.

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