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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2008

Contact Robert McCann
             (517) 241-7397

DEQ Releases Michigan Mercury Strategy Report

The Department of Environmental Quality has released a comprehensive
strategy to eliminate the use and release of mercury to Michiganâ??s
environment.  The DEQâ??s Mercury Strategy Staff Report contains
specific recommendations to ensure the protection of Michiganâ??s
wildlife and citizens from this persistent toxic pollutant by proposing
a comprehensive approach to controlling mercury, including environmental
monitoring, inventory development, collaborations and partnerships,
information and outreach, and regulatory controls.

The strategy report provides an overview of the mercury problem,
identifies current sources that contribute to mercury releases, and
identifies various methods for reducing and eliminating the sources.  It
also outlines Michiganâ??s rules, regulations, policies, and monitoring
activities for mercury and chronicles various actions undertaken thus
far to prevent the use and release of mercury.  

â??This strategy brings Michigan to the forefront as a leader in
mercury elimination,â?? said DEQ Director Steven E. Chester.  â??We look
forward to developing partnerships with groups across Michigan to
address this challenge and make the strategy a success.â??

The DEQ is releasing the strategy report for public input to identify
partnerships for involvement in implementing the recommendations and to
help prioritize action steps listed in the strategy.  The report was
developed by a team of DEQ staff from the air, water, waste, pollution
prevention, and remediation programs in response to a request from
Director Chester.  The strategy report is available on the DEQ Webpage
at:  http://www.michigan.gov/deq.

Comments regarding partnerships and priorities on the strategy will be
received until March 26, 2008, and can be submitted by mail, email, or
fax to Sheila Blais, DEQ, Air Quality Division, 525 West Allegan Street,
3rd Floor North, P.O. Box 30260, Lansing, MI 48909; blaiss@michigan.gov;
517-241-7499 (fax).

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