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First inventory of toxic air emissions in the Great Lakes basin released

First inventory of toxic air emissions in the Great Lakes basin released

For Immediate Release: August 24, 1998

Contact: Julie Wagemakers
Great Lakes Commission
Phone: 734-665-9135
Fax: 734-665-4370
E-mail: juliew@glc.org

ANN ARBOR, Mich.— The Great Lakes Commission announces the release of the
Great Lakes Regional Air Toxic Emissions Inventory, a unique milestone in
the continuing effort to quantify and manage the toxic air emissions that
impact the waters and communities of the Great Lakes basin.  This inventory,
based on 1993 data, includes data from all eight Great Lakes states and the
province of Ontario and provides the first practical test of processes,
procedures and systems developed to ensure that basinwide inventories are
accurate and consistent.

The objective of this ongoing partnership with the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency is to provide researchers and policymakers with basinwide
data on the source and emission levels of 49 toxic contaminants, including
Methylene Chloride, 1,1,1-Trichloroethane, Tetrachloroethylene, Manganese
and Lead.

The development and release of the inventory is an important step in meeting
the goals of the 1986 Great Lakes Toxic Substances Control Agreement, signed
by the Great Lakes governors, and the 1990 U.S. Clean Air Act Amendments.

“We have successfully assembled the infrastructure and mechanisms that allow
the Great Lakes states and Ontario to work cooperatively and share resources
to approach regional air pollution problems,” says Orlando Cabrera-Rivera of
the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Bureau of Air Management.

The Regional Air Toxic Emissions Inventory identifies the point and area
sources of emissions of toxic air pollutants throughout the Great Lakes
drainage basin.  Working cooperatively through the Great Lakes Commission,
inventory work is undertaken by the air quality departments of each Great
Lakes state and province.

In compiling the inventory, challenges were encountered in terms of data
breadth, quality, availability and consistency from one jurisdiction to the
next.  Thus, this initial inventory should not be used to compare one state
or province’s emissions against another’s, but rather to demonstrate the
potential of such a comprehensive inventory as a decision support tool.

The inventory project strengthens decisionmaking capabilities in the basin
by promoting interjurisdictional consistency in data collection and
analysis, establishing standard procedures and protocols, developing an
automated emission estimation and inventory system, and demonstrating the
value of Internet technology to exchange environmental data.

“Release of this initial emissions inventory is a beginning, not an end,”
explains Dr. Michael J. Donahue, executive director of the Great Lakes
Commission.  “The inventory will be expanded and refined in the future to
provide a truly comprehensive assessment of toxic contaminant emissions from
point, area and mobile sources throughout the Great Lakes basin.”

The Great Lakes states and Ontario, with technical support from the Great
Lakes Commission, are now compiling the next basinwide inventory using 1996
data, expected to be completed in summer 1999.

For an online copy of the Great Lakes Air Toxic Emissions Inventory, see
http://www.glc.org/projects/air/final93/93report.html.  Copies of the
document also are available from the Great Lakes Commission for $20 (U.S.).

Contact: Michael Donahue, mdonahue@glc.org; Julie Wagemakers,
juliew@glc.org; or members of the Great Lakes Regional Air Toxic Emissions
Inventory Steering Committee.

Great Lakes Regional Air Toxic Emissions Inventory Steering Committee
David ‘Buzz’ Asselmeier, Illinois EPA, 202-782-5811, epa2110@epa.state.il.us
Gary Baker, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, 517-373-7058,
John Bates, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, 317-233-4226,
David Bola, Ohio EPA, 614-644-2270, david.bola@epa.state.oh.us
* Orlando Cabrera-Rivera, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources,
608-267-2466, cabreo@mail01.dnr.state.wi.us
Mike Hopkins, Ohio EPA, 614-644-3611, mike.hopkins@epa.state.oh.us
Dr. Suzanne King, U.S. EPA Region 5, 312-886-6054,
Rob McDonough, New York Division of Environmental Conservation,
518-457-2823, rsmcdono@gw.dec.state.ny.us
Shane Moore, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, 317-233-0119,
Rob Sliwinski, New York Division of Environmental Conservation, 518-457-2823
Rick St. Louis, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection,
717-787-4310, stlouis.richard@a1.pader.gov
Peter Wong, OMEE - Air Resources Branch, 416-235-6130, wongpe@ene.gov.on.ca
Chun Yi Wu, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 651-282-5855,
*Steering Committee Chair

The Great Lakes Commission is a nonpartisan, interstate compact agency
created by state and federal law and dedicated to promoting a strong
economy, clean environment and high quality of life for residents of the
eight-state Great Lakes region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New
York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin).  The Commission consists of state
legislators, agency officials and governors’ appointees from its member
states, and also maintains a formal Observer program involving U.S. and
Canadian federal and provincial agencies, tribal authorities, binational
agencies and other regional interests.  The Commission offices are located
in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Julie Wagemakers
Program Manager
Communications and Information Management
Great Lakes Commission
Tel: 734 665 9135
Fax 734 665 4370
Email: juliew@glc.org