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                          U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Phillippa Cannon, (312) 353-6218

For Immediate Release
No.  02-OPA078


Chicago (June 19, 2002) - Nearly all the goals for reducing
toxic substances in the Great Lakes will be met or exceeded in
the next five years, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's
Great Lakes National Program Office announced today.  The ten-
year targets were set in 1997 by the Great Lakes Binational
Toxics Reduction Strategy.

The encouraging report, presented at a recent meeting of U.S.
and Canadian officials and stakeholders from the Great Lakes
region, showed air emissions of mercury in the U.S. declined by
more than 40 percent between 1990 and 2001.  Also, at least 30
percent of PCB-containing transformers in use in 1994 have been
safely disposed of, and, because of stronger pollution
controls, there has been a 70 percent reduction in dioxin
emissions since 1987.

"Significant reduction of persistent toxic substances in the
Great Lakes cannot be achieved through government efforts
alone," said Thomas V. Skinner, National Program Manager for
the Great Lakes and Region 5 Administrator.  "The Great Lakes
Binational Toxics Reduction Strategy is an example of a
successful partnership among government, industry and
nongovernmental organizations on both sides of the border that
have a shared commitment to solving a difficult environmental

In 1997, the U.S. and Canada committed to virtually eliminate
persistent toxic substances entering the Great Lakes basin.
These include chlordane, DDT, PCBs, mercury and dioxins as well
as other toxic substances.  These substances may have
widespread, long-term adverse effects on fish and wildlife in
the Great Lakes ecosystem.  Strategy partners decided to expand
its scope to studying the environmental impact of individual
actions such as open garbage burning, which accounts for a
significant amount of uncontrolled airborne pollution,
especially in remote areas.  In addition, there will be a
greater emphasis on outreach to involve more partners.
For a full progress report go to http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/bns,
or contact Ted Smith, (312) 353-6571, smith.edwin@epa.gov to
obtain a copy of the report.  The next stakeholder meeting will
be held in November 2002 in Chicago.

The mission of EPA's Great Lakes National Program Office is to
restore and protect the physical, chemical and biological
integrity of the Great Lakes.

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