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Binational Toxics Strategy "Challenge Reports" for the US

The Binational Toxics Strategy
set forth a number of challenges to be met on the path toward virtual
elimination of the Level I Strategy substances. Two of these challenges
required USEPA to report by the end of 1998, indicating whether the
respective challenges had been met. USEPA has reported Preliminary Findings
with respect to these challenges.

Two preliminary draft reports have been prepared in response to the first
challenge, one regarding the five bioaccumulative pesticides (chlordane,
aldrin/dieldrin, DDT, mirex, and toxaphene), and one regarding the
industrial byproduct/ contaminant octachlorostyrene. A third preliminary
draft report was prepared to respond to the alkyl-lead challenge.

Pranas Pranckevicius
USEPA - Great Lakes