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Mercury/PCB Outreach and Collection Program




SUBJECT:  GLNPO project completion:  Mercury/PCB Outreach and
Collection Program 

USEPA's Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) announces the
completion of its portion of this grant to the Minnesota Office of
Environmental Assistance, Problem Materials Program
(GLNPO funding $115,000)

SUMMARY:  

This project had two components:  supporting a Lake Superior
basin-wide mercury/PCB-containing product outreach program; and
delivering pollution prevention assistance, through the University of
Minnesota, Duluth, to small and medium sized businesses.  

keywords: pollution prevention, technical assistance, mercury, PCB,
Lake Superior

ENVIRONMENTAL RESULTS/PRODUCTS:

OUTREACH:
Developed brochures on mercury and PCBs.  The mercury brochure
has fact card inserts regarding items which contain mercury.

Developed two slide presentations targeting the general public and trade
groups that generate mercury and PCB containing wastes.

The first slide show is about mercury and PCBs, and is designed for
use with the brochures.  It is motivational, seeking to convince
contractors and service technicians to manage their wastes properly
and keep mercury and PCBs out of the waste stream.

The second slide show focuses on mercury and is designed for general
public. It encourages consumers to purchase alternative products
where appropriate and informs consumers about how to discard old
mercury-containing products.

Prepared a product display to show the types of products that contain
mercury.  The display, titled "WHO ME? Do I contribute mercury to the
environment?", has two components.  One component is a three-panel
display board with pictures and text about mercury's effect on the
environment.  The other is a collection of mercury-containing products
assembled on the table in front of the display board, with such products
as a thermostat, switches and fluorescent lights.  The products have
labels with text about mercury in the product and choosing non mercury
containing alternative products when possible.  

State specific copies of the display are housed in the Michigan and
Wisconsin regulatory agencies and throughout Minnesota, and generic
copies are housed at US EPA in Chicago.

Obtained the rights to a logo to be used for lamp recycling projects.  This
logo is in the  public domain and thus may be able to be used for lamp
collection programs.

Worked with partners to identify collection needs, potential collection
sponsors, and regulatory and economic barriers to collection and proper
management of mercury containing wastes.  Conducted preliminary
work to establish permanent consolidation sites for mercury and PCB
containing items in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Identified future education and outreach needs and recommended
approaches for ongoing education and outreach.


POLLUTION PREVENTION OPPORTUNITY ASSESSMENTS:
 
Nine site visits were made to businesses (oil distributors, printing
companies, furniture refinisher, laboratory, veterinary hospital and
printed circuit board assembler, and a large forest products facility). 
Based on the site visits, members of the assessment team drafted a
report with recommendations for pollution prevention opportunities.

Conducted a pollution prevention database user needs assessment. 
Examined businesses' pollution prevention information needs and
present use of existing data base information resources.  A survey of
businesses assessed their data base use.  Findings for Minnesota's
Lake Superior Basin  showed that while 73% of the businesses
responding to the survey did own a computer, 51% indicated that they
did not know what an electronic data base is or did not know how to
use one.  A majority, 52%, indicated that they would use a P2 technical
assistance center.

REFERENCE INFORMATION: 

For additional information, please contact GLNPO project officer Danielle
Green (312.886.7594, green.danielle@email.epa.gov), referencing fiscal
year 1994 grant number GL995723-01-0.

This information can be found on GNLPO's internet home page at
http://www.epa.gov/glnpo