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Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy meeting 3/23/98



Dear Interested Stakeholder:

Thank you for your continued interest and support for the Great Lakes
Binational Toxics Strategy.  In accordance with the Binational Strategy
Implementation Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and
Environment Canada will be hosting a one-day meeting on Monday, March
23, 1998, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm in the Lake Michigan Room, 12th Floor,
EPA Offices, 77 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois.

The purpose of this meeting is to launch the implementation of the
Strategy.  During the meeting, we will introduce the Binational Work
Group Leaders, discuss the objectives, goals and ground rules for the
effective operation of the work groups, and convene the individual
groups to begin working on their actions plans/activities.  If you have
not already done so, please contact the individual Co-Leader for the
work group to which you are interested in contributing.

Enclosed are the following documents: 1) a list of the U.S. and Canadian
Leaders for each work group; 2) a registration form; and 3) logistical
information regarding transportation. If you plan to attend the meeting,
we request that you fax or e-mail the attached registration form to
Beatriz Guerra at (312) 886-2403 as soon as possible, but no later than
March 19.  After we receive your confirmation form, we will send out a
meeting agenda and a packet of meeting/background materials.

For background documents related to the Binational Strategy, please see
our web page at www.epa.gov/bns.  For information on lodging, cultural
attractions and restaurants in Chicago, please see
www.epa.gov/region5/visitor.  If you have any other questions regarding
the meeting, please contact Susan Nameth at (416) 739-4937 or Debbie
Siebers at (312) 353-9299.

We look forward to meeting you on the 19th to begin the real work of
implementing the Strategy.

Sincerely,

_______________________                ________________________
Gary Gulezian                          Ron Shimizu
Director                               Director
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency   Environmental Protection Branch
Great Lakes National Program Office    Ontario Region, Environment
Canada

Enclosures (3)


______________________________________
Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy
Workgroup Leaders
______________________________________
U.S. EPA

Substance
Name
Phone #
email

Mercury
Alexis Cain
312 886-7018
cain.alexis@epamail.epa.gov

PCB's
Tony Martig
312 353-2291
martig.anton@epamail.epa.gov

Dioxin/furans
Linda Martin
312 353-9486
martin.lindam@epamail.epa.gov

Benzo(a)pyrene and HCB
Steve Rosenthal
312 886-6052
rosenthal.steve@epamail.epa.gov

Pesticides
Dave Macarus
312 353-5814
macarus.david@epamail.epa.gov

Alkyl-lead
Ed Klappenbach
312 353-1378
klappanbach.edward@epamail.epa.gov

Octachlorostyrene
EPA Headquarters lead
TBA
TBA

Integration
Gary Gulezian
312 886-4040
gulezian.gary@epamail.epa.gov

Liz LaPlante
312 353-2694
laplante.elizabeth@epamail.epa.gov
______________________________________
Environment Canada

Substance
Name
Phone #
email

Mercury
Bob Krauel
416 739-5861
robert.krauel@gc.ec.ca

PCB's
Hamish St. Rose
416 739-5865
hamish.st.rose@gc.ec.ca

Dioxin/furans
Anita Wong
416 739-5885
anita.wong@gc.ec.ca

Benzo(a)pyrene and HCB
Anita Wong
416 739-5885
anita.wong@gc.ec.ca

Pesticides
Edwina Lopes
416 739-5863
edwina.lopes@gc.ec.ca

Alkyl-lead
Edwina Lopes
416 739-5863
edwina.lopes@gc.ec.ca

Octachlorostyrene
Anita Wong
416 739-5885
anita.wong@gc.ec.ca
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REGISTRATION FORM

CANADA/U.S. STAKEHOLDER MEETING
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BINATIONAL TOXICS STRATEGY

MARCH 23, 1998


The one-day meeting will be held at:

EPA Headquarters
77 W. Jackson Blvd.
12th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604

If you are interested in attending, please complete and return this
Registration Form by March 19, 1998 either by fax or e-mail to:

Ms. Beatriz Guerra
USEPA/GLNPO
77 W. Jackson Blvd
G-17J
Chicago, IL 60604

Phone: (312) 886-4753
Fax:     (312) 886-2403
E-Mail: Guerra.Beatriz@epamail.epa.gov

For further information/questions, contact Debbie Siebers at
312-353-9299
________________________________________________________________________

PLEASE REGISTER ME FOR THE MEETING ON MARCH 23, 1998

Name ____________________________________________________

Organization ______________________________________________

Address __________________________________________________

Phone _________________________    Fax _____________________

E-Mail (Important) _________________________________________





Getting Downtown from the Airports

This information sheet is intended to get you into the downtown area
from both Midway and O'Hare Airports.  The information contained herein
is reasonably accurate, but may be subject to change.

By Train
Escalators descend from the terminal to an underground corridor (it's
safe) and an eight-minute walk, partly on moving walkways, to the CTA
(Chicago Transit Authority) "Blue Line" Terminal.  Signs show the way
from all the airlines.

The "L" (elevated train) fare is $1.50, payable in coins, or a transit
card can be purchased for a minimum of $3.00 (can be used for two
rides); a train is always waiting.  Go 16 stops to Washington/Dearborn;
17 stops for the Monroe/Dearborn; 18 stops for Jackson/Dearborn, and get
off.  You are in the Loop for the hotels.  The Jackson/Dearborn is the
closest to EPA Regional Headquarters.  Reverse the process going back.
Takes about 50 minutes.

By Taxi
One way cab fare is about $30 plus a 15 percent  tip.  The ride is about
29 minutes on a good day (but there aren't many good days).  Note: See
share-ride info under Midway taxis.

By Limo
$30 to $50 for a sedan, $45 to $65 for a limo.  About 29 minutes.

By Bus
Continental Air Transport runs buses and vans to various downtown
hotels.  One way fare is $14.75, $25.50 round trip.  Call them at
800-654-7871.  Normal travel time is about 25-45 minutes.  Watch signs
for buses and taxis at the terminal.  Buses run every half-hour
beginning at 5 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Midway Airport, Heading Downtown -

By Train
The CTA's "Orange Line" leave Midway terminal east on 57th Street.  The
terminal is accessible via a "pedway" that is a six-minute walk.  The
"L" (elevated train) fare is $1.50, payable in coins, or a transit card
can be purchased for a minimum of $3.00 (can be used for two rides).
Trains run every ten minutes.  Go eight stops to the LaSalle/Van Buren
stop for the EPA Regional Hqs.  We're a block and a half away. Or, you
can go to any of the next seven stops for Loop hotel access.  Time from
the airport is about 25 minutes.

By Taxi
>From the starter's booth inside of the terminal into the Loop is $16 to
$22.  The price to share a cab is only $10.  Tell the starter that you
want to share a cab and they designate the next one as a "share-ride"
cab.  From the time you enter the cab, the driver is obligated to wait
ten minutes for two other passengers.  Once they enter the cab, you go.
Three riders is maximum.  If after ten minutes there is only one other
passengers, the driver must take you at the shared-ride rate.  If no
other passengers show up in ten minutes, you take off and pay the
metered rate.  This program also runs out of O'Hare, but for $15.
Travel time is 22 minutes. Drivers expect to be tipped, however.

By Bus
See bus particulars under O'Hare, above.  Buses to hotels from Midway
are $10.75 OW, $19 RT.  Runs from 6:25 a.m. through 8:55 p.m.  Takes
about 28 minutes.

--
Elizabeth Laplante
USEPA Great Lakes National Program Office
laplante.elizabeth@epa.gov
312 353 2694 (P)  312 353 2018 (F)
http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/