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Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy online!



The Canada-United States Strategy for the Virtual Elimination of
Persistent Toxic Substances in the Great Lakes Basin, known as the Great
Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy is available online. 

Please browse to:
http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/p2/bnsintro.html

The Strategy provides a framework for actions to reduce or eliminate
persistent toxic substances, especially those which bioaccumulate, from
the Great Lakes Basin. The Strategy was developed jointly by Canada and
the United States in 1996 and 1997 and was signed April 7, 1997.

The Strategy establishes reduction challenges for an initial list of
persistent toxic substances targeted for virtual elimination:
aldrin/dieldrin, benzo(a)pyrene, chlordane, DDT, hexachlorobenzene,
alkyl-lead, mercury and compounds, mirex, octachlorostyrene, PCBs,
dioxins and furans, and toxaphene. These substances have been associated
with widespread, long-term adverse effects on wildlife in the Great
Lakes, and, through their bioaccumulation, are of concern for human
health. This is the first time specific reduction targets have been set
jointly by the two countries.
-- 
Pranas Pranckevicius
USEPA Great Lakes National Program Office
pranckevicius.pranas@epamail.epa.gov
312 353 3437 (P)  312 353 2018 (F)
http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/