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PUBLIC MEETING: EPA STRATEGY ON PRIORITY TOXIC CHEMICALS



PUBLIC MEETING TO BE HELD IN CHICAGO ON EPA STRATEGY ON PRIORITY TOXIC
CHEMICALS

The EPA will be holding a public meeting to obtain public comment on two
major
initiatives addressing persistent bioaccumulative toxic (PBT) chemicals in
the
environment.

The first initiative the Agency is seeking comment on is the draft
documents developed as part of the Agency’s PBT strategy.  The two draft
documents are “A Multimedia Strategy for Priority Persistent,
Bioaccumulative
and Toxic (PBT) Pollutants” and the “EPA Action Plan for Mercury”.
<www.epa.gov/pbt/pbtstrat.htm>

The second initiative the Agency is seeking comment on is the proposed rule
to add
PBT chemicals and lower the threshold for these chemicals currently on the
Toxic
Release Inventory (TRI) list. The proposed rule
<www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-TRI/1999/January/Day-05/tri34835.htm>
will lead to greater reporting of environmental releases of a number of
PBT chemicals including dioxin and mercury and further expand the public’s
right
to know.

Day/Date:
Tuesday, February 23, 1999

Time:
9 a.m - noon - session for the PBT pollutant strategy
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - session for the TRI proposed rulemaking

Location:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Metcalfe Federal Building
77 West Jackson Blvd.
Room 323
Chicago, IL

Attendance:
Those wishing to speak at the meeting should pre-register; pre-registration
is not                required if attending only to listen.

Contacts:
To pre-register contact the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know
Hotline, toll free at 1-800-535-0202.

Information:
For more information

on the PBT Strategy
contact Sam Sassnet, 202-260-8020
e-mail: sasnett.sam@epamail.epa.gov

on the proposed TRI rulemaking
contact Daniel Bushman, 202-260-3882
e-mail bushman.danile@epamail.epa.gov