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E-M:/ Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxicants
- Subject: E-M:/ Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxicants
- From: "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 2 Feb 1999 19:32:48 -0500 (EST)
- List-Name: Enviro-Mich
- Reply-To: "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <email@example.com>
Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Clean Air Network has asked me to distribute this information to Enviro-Mich
relating to persistent biolaccumulative toxicants, which have a
special place in concerns about the Great Lakes. This material
was produced by the National Wildlife Federation. Many of you
will recognize Andy Buchsbaum, formerly of PIRGIM, who is
now a water quality attorney for the NWF Great Lakes Office
in Ann Arbor.
Subject: ACTION ALERT on Toxics (CT20K007)
Author: "NWF Action Alerts"<email@example.com>
Date: 2/2/99 9:38 PM
NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION E-MAIL ALERT
Mercury and dioxins are among the most potent poisons on Earth. The
EPA is proposing a new strategy that retreats from previous
commitments in the Clean Water Act and other laws to eliminate the
poisons in our water. Please write to Administrator Browner calling
for her to strengthen the strategy.
February 2, 1999
Every year over one billion pounds of toxic chemicals are released
into the environment in the U.S. The most dangerous chemicals are
persistent, bioaccumulative, toxic (PBT) chemicals like mercury and
dioxins. These chemicals can persist for many years or decades,
building to higher and higher concentrations as they are passed up
the food chain, where they can poison wildlife, aquatic life, and
The threats from these chemicals are very real:
>>Mercury can cause long-term damage to the nervous systems of
fetuses and young children. Forty states have issued fish
consumption advisories due to mercury-contaminated fish. Mercury
contamination is deadly to loons -- studies have linked mercury
poisoning to a massive die-off of approximately 7500 loons in the
Gulf of Mexico in 1983. The risks to people also are severe --
according to the EPA, up to 166,000 pregnant women are exposed to
harmful levels of mercury in a given year.
>>Dioxins are extremely potent birth defect-causing chemicals
produced by incineration of PVC plastics, and in certain
manufacturing processes. Research has shown that extremely low
concentrations -- 60 parts per trillion in tissue -- can kill 50
percent of young lake trout.
These chemicals are so toxic and persist for so long that simply
reducing their release into the environment will never be enough.
The release of these chemicals must be completely eliminated. That
is why NWF and our allies fought for and won zero discharge and
virtual elimination policies adopted by the United States and Canada
that are designed to eventually eliminate these chemicals from the
But now the policies of zero discharge and virtual elimination are
The U.S. EPA has published its long-awaited "Multimedia Strategy for
Persistent, Bioaccumulative, and Toxic (PBT) Pollutants." The
strategy takes EPA incrementally in the right direction by focusing
on all pollutant sources -- air, water, and land; and it is an
important step in integrating EPA programs that have been fragmented
and ineffective. As an effort to implement zero discharge and
virtual elimination, it is worse than timid; it is actually a
The EPA strategy abandons the goal of eliminating persistent toxic
substances in the Great Lakes and other watersheds, and fails to
propose the most effective policy tools bans and phase-outs of
chemicals needed to achieve that goal. It does so even though the
EPA is bound by both the Clean Water Act and the Great Lakes Water
Quality Agreement with Canada to work toward zero discharge and
virtual elimination goals.
We need your help
The EPA is accepting public comments on its proposed strategy until
February 16. Please write to EPA Administrator Carol Browner before
Feb. 16 to urge her to develop and implement a strong PBT strategy
that actually moves us toward these goals. Ask her to amend the
proposed strategy in these ways:
>>The PBT strategy should include a zero discharge goal that ends
the release of PBTs. The current EPA proposal will continue to
allow significant releases.
>>The PBT strategy should use bans, phase-outs, and sunsetting of
PBTs. The current EPA proposal relies on the existing permit system
(which may reduce, but will not eliminate, PBTs).
>>The PBT strategy should require full enforcement and
implementation of existing programs. The EPA proposal relies on
inadequate programs and voluntary measures that will not get us
Please send your letter, with the docket control (identification)
number of OPPTS-00255 at the top, to (no fax or e-mail option is
Carol Browner, Administrator
Environmental Protection Agency
401 M St., S.W.
Washington, DC 20460
And, if you have a chance, please send a copy to us at our Great
Andy Buchsbaum, Water Quality Projects Manager
National Wildlife Federation
506 E. Liberty
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Thank you for your help on this important matter. We must continue
to fight for clean air, water and soil to protect wildlife, aquatic
life, and the health of future generations.
Mark Van Putten
P.S. As the number of fish consumption advisories grow and as
scientists learn that PBT chemicals cause health problems even in
minute amounts, EPA's Strategy won't eliminate PBT chemicals from
the environment. This is unacceptable. Our children deserve better.
Please write the EPA to urge the elimination of these toxic
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MESSAGE (LEAVE THE SUBJECT LINE INFORMATION INTACT).
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HELP, VISIT THE NWF WEB SITE AT WWW.NWF.ORG.
National Wildlife Federation, 8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22184
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