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>>> Tracey Easthope <tracey@ecocenter.org> 10/05/00 03:29PM >>>
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Study Links Dioxin Pollution in Arctic to
Specific US Sources

From Terry Collins and Associates
Tuesday, October 3, 2000

NEW YORK A study conducted for the North American Commission for
Environmental Cooperation has, for the first time, linked dioxin
pollution in Canadas
Arctic to specific sources in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Using a sophisticated air transport model developed by the US National
Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a research team
headed by
renowned scientist Dr. Barry Commoner, of Queens College, New York,
facilities in the south causing dioxin pollution at eight locations in
Nunavut, the
Canadian territory covering the eastern Arctic north of the 60th
parallel to the pole.
US waste incinerators (municipal and medical), together with cement
kilns burning
hazardous waste as fuel and metal processing facilities were the main
sources of
dioxin reaching the far North, the research found. The report is based
on data from
a 1996-97 inventory of sources, some of which may have reduced or
dioxin emissions since.

It is the first-ever continent-wide study of dioxin that traces

The North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (NACEC) is
Montreal-based organization established under the environmental side
accord to
the North American Free Trade Agreement. The research was done by the
Center for
the Biology of Natural Systems, Queens College, City University of New
York. In
addition to Dr. Commoner, the research team included Paul Woods
Bartlett, Holger
Eisl and Kimberly Couchot.

The full report will be posted Oct. 3 at: http://www.cec.org .


The North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation

NACEC was established to build cooperation among the NAFTA
Mexico and the United Statesin protecting their shared environments,
with a
particular focus on the opportunities and challenges presented by
free trade.

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