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- Subject: E-M:/ New IJC report, air pollution/Great Lakes
- From: "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2004 12:57:39 -0500
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- Announcement: January 27, 2004
- International Joint Commission Releases
- Summary of Critical Air Quality Issues Between
- Canada and the United States - Encourages Continued Action
- Click here for the Full Report in:
- The International Joint Commission today released the report Summary
of Critical Air Quality Issues in the Transboundary Region,
highlighting a number of significant transboundary air quality issues
facing Canada and the United States. The report makes a series of
recommendations to enhance efforts to preserve and improve air quality in
the transboundary region. Although actions have been taken on several of
the issues, much remains to be done.
- The report, written by the Commission’s International Air Quality
Advisory Board, lays out a concise analysis of seven issues detailing the
story behind each issue, what it means, and presents recommendations for
action to improve air quality in the transboundary region. The report
provides information that can be useful in stimulating discussion among
interested groups and encouraging the governments to fully utilize the
potential of their 1991 Canada-U.S. Air Quality Agreement as a framework
for enhanced cross-border cooperation and a more integrated approach to
addressing transboundary air quality issues. This report focuses on
specific transboundary air pollution issues, some of which are currently
addressed under the agreement.
- Critical issues addressed in the report
- Many of the “dirty dozen” persistent toxics are diminishing in the
Great Lakes; however several persist in wildlife, particularly fish,
posing a health threat to significant subpopulations. Those that remain
are primarily from regional and global atmospheric transport and new
persistent pollutants are taking their place.
- Global mercury emissions remain unchanged as reductions in North
America are offset by increases in Asian contributions. Regional and
global transport and deposition continue to contribute to unhealthy
concentrations in fish and humans.
- Further reductions in emissions of particulate matter and nitrogen
oxides from boats, ships, planes, construction equipment and small
gasoline engines are needed.
- Nitrogen compounds, such as nitrogen dioxide, a precursor to acid
rain and ground level ozone, remain pivotal. More focus is needed on
ammonia emissions from large animal feedlots and other sources.
- A further review of efforts to prevent deterioration of air quality
in non urban, relatively clean, designated areas is necessary.
- The availability of new public information tools, such as the
Internet, including air quality indices and/or health based advisories,
is stimulating great public interest and concern regarding air quality. A
consistency of message among the various alerting tools used in the
transboundary region is needed.
- How well are air quality management programs performing? Inventories,
monitoring and analyses all need renewal to continue to provide relevant
verification and guidance.
The International Joint Commission is a binational organization
established by the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909. It provides advice to
the governments of Canada and the United States on boundary waters and on
air quality issues of transboundary concern. In 1966 the governments
asked the International Joint Commission to observe air quality along the
entire Canada and United States boundary and, as appropriate, draw air
pollution problems to the attention of governments. The Commission
established the International Air Quality Advisory Board to identify and
provide advice on air pollution issues with transboundary implications.
The board includes five
from Canada and five from the United States who have expertise in various aspects of air quality, emission control and the health impacts of air pollutants. They are appointed by the Commission and serve as advisors in their personal and professional capacities.
This report and others prepared by the International Air Quality Board are available on the IJC’s web site at: www.ijc.org.
For more information, please contact:
Jennifer Day Windsor, ON /Detroit, MI (519) 257-6733/
(313) 226-2170 ext. 6733
Frank Bevacqua Washington, D.C. (202) 736-9024
Fabien Lengellé Ottawa, ON (613) 995-0088
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