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[Federal Register: November 1, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 210)]
[Page 58841]
 >From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]




Draft Mercury, Polychlorinated Biphenyls, Alkyl Lead, and
Benzo(a)Pyrene and Hexachorobenzene Reports Published in Response to
the United States' Commitments in ``The Great Lakes Binational Toxics
Strategy; Canada--United States Strategy for the Virtual Elimination of
Persistent Toxic Substances in the Great Lakes''

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Notice of availability and the opportunity to comment.


SUMMARY: The Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy; Canada-United
States Strategy for the Virtual Elimination of Persistent Toxic
Substances in the Great Lakes (the Strategy), was signed on April 7,
1997. The Strategy set forth a number of challenges to be met on the
path toward virtual elimination of the Level I Strategy substances.
     In addition, the Strategy identifies a four-step analytical process
that Environment Canada and the United States Environmental Protection
Agency, in cooperation with their partners, will use in working toward
virtual elimination of the Level I Strategy substances. The four step
process addresses technical and source-related information about the
substances (step 1); the analysis of current regulations, initiatives
and programs which manage or control the substances (step 2); the
identification of cost-effective options to achieve further reductions
(step 3); and the implementation of actions toward the goal of virtual
elimination (step 4).
     The draft reports on Polychlorinated Biphenyls, and Benzo(a)Pyrene
and Hexachorobenzene being made available for public comment relate to
steps 1 and 2 of the analytical process. The draft reports on Mercury,
and Alkyl Lead relate to steps 1, 2, and 3.

DATES: The preliminary draft reports will be made available to the
public by November 1, 1999.
     Comment period: Comments on the reports must be submitted no later
than December 30, 1999.

ADDRESSES: All of these reports can be found on the internet at the
following address: http://www.epa.gov/bns/. Commenters may transmit
their comments electronically by following the directions provided on
the website, or may send written comments to Dan Hopkins at the
following address: U.S. EPA, Great Lakes National Program Office, 77
West Jackson Boulevard, T-16J, Chicago, Illinois, 60604. Comments may
also be sent to Mr. Hopkins via facsimile at (312) 886-2737.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Additional information on the draft
reports, may be obtained by contacting Dan Hopkins by telephone (312)
886-5994, facsimile (312) 886-2737, or by e-mail hopkins.dan@epa.gov.

     Dated: October 20, 1999.
Francis X. Lyons,
Regional Administrator, Region 5.
[FR Doc. 99-28347 Filed 10-29-99; 8:45 am]

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