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Subject: EPA SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON NATIONAL
ACTION PLANS PROPOSED..



!/EPA SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON NATIONAL ACTION
PLANS PROPOSED.../SCROLL
FOR RELEASE:  THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2000

EPA SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON NATIONAL ACTION PLANS
PROPOSED
FOR TWO PERSISTENT, BIOACCUMULATIVE AND TOXIC
CHEMICALS


On Fri., Aug. 25, EPA published in the Federal
Register two Notices of Availability for Public
Comment on proposed
National Action Plans that identify Alkyl-lead and
Octachlorostyrene as persistent, bioaccumulative
and toxic (PBT)
chemicals.  Alkyl-lead is used as a fuel additive
to reduce "knock" in combustion engines and also
to help
lubricate internal engine components.  The largest
uses of alkyl-lead are in aviation and racing
gasoline.  The
proposed action plan promotes the development of
alternative fuel additives as a substitute for
leaded fuels.
Octachlorostyrene (OCS) is a PBT  halogenated
aromatic compound with no known commercial use.
It is, however, an
inadvertent by-product that persists in the
environment and bioaccumulates in animal tissue.
Because of limited
data on sources and levels of OCS emissions, the
proposed action plan outlines an approach to
investigate OCS
levels in the environment including its potential
sources.  Once determined, the agency would share
the information
with its stakeholders and form partnerships to
reduce OCS emissions.  The two proposed National
Action Plans,
developed under the Agency's Multimedia Strategy
for PBT Pollutants, are available via the EPA PBT
Initiative web
site at:  http:/www.epa.gov/pbt/ocs-pb.htm .
Comment will be accepted for 30 days.


R-128
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