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Stakeholders Forum: Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy - April 27, 1999



Dear Interested Stakeholder:

We would like to cordially invite you to attend the next meeting of the
Stakeholders Forum of the Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy. The U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and Environment Canada will be
hosting this one-day meeting on Tuesday, April 27, 1999, from  8:30 am to
5:00 pm at the Delta Chelsea Inn, 22 Gerrard Street West, Toronto, Ontario.
Registration  with begin at 8:00am.

The purpose of the meeting is for Environment Canada, USEPA, States,
Provinces, Tribes/First Nations, industry, environmental groups and other
stakeholders to discuss and report on progress-to-date under the Binational
Toxics Strategy, and to highlight significant stakeholder reduction
activities.  There will be a short plenary session in the morning, with
breakout sessions for the substance-specific workgroups beginning at 11am.
The breakout sessions will provide a forum for the work groups to meet and
discuss their efforts on the reduction challenges.

Attached, in preparation for the meeting, please find the following
documents: 1) draft agenda; 2) registration form; and 3) logistical
information regarding hotels and transportation.  Please fax or email the
attached registration form as soon as possible but no later than April 19,
1999.

Meeting and registration materials are also located on-line on our web page
at http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/bns or www. cciw.ca/glimr/.  Thank you for your
continued interest and participation in the Great Lakes Binational Toxics
Strategy.

Sincerely,

Ron Shimizu
Director
Environmental Protection Branch
Ontario Region, Environment Canada

Gary Gulezian
Director
Great Lakes National Program Office
USEPA Region 5

Enclosures (3)
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Enclosure (1)
Binational Toxics Strategy Stakeholder Forum
Draft Agenda
April 27, 1999
Delta Chelsea Inn
22 Gerrard Street West
Toronto, Ontario

8:00AM	Meeting Check-in/Registration

8:30AM	Welcome
Gary Gulezian, Director, Great Lakes National Program Office,USEPA
Ron Shimizu, Regional Director, Environmental Protection Branch/ Ontario,
Environment Canada

8:45AM	United Nations Environment Programs Persistent Organic Pollutants
John Buccini, Chairman, UNEP POPs

9:15AM	Long Range Transport

9:30AM	Partner Activities Presentations

10:30AM	Workgroup Updates

11:00AM	Workgroup Breakout Sessions

5:00 PM	Adjourn

NOTES:
The Mercury and PCB  workgroups will be continuing discussions on Wednesday,
April 28.
The Integration Group will meet on Wednesday, April 28.

Enclosure (2)
R E G I S T R A T I O N   F O R M

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

Meeting Date: April 27, 1999
April 28, 1999 (Integration Group only)

The meeting will be held at the Delta Chelsea Inn: 22 Gerrard Street West,
Toronto, Ontario.
If you are interested in attending, please complete and return this
Registration Form to the appropriate contact below by April 19, either by
email or fax to:

Maria Vasquez
USEPA, GLNPO
77 W. Jackson Blvd
phone:312-353-2117
fax: 312-353-2018
email: vasquez.maria@epamail.epa.gov

Michelle Sauve
Environment Canada
phone: 416-739-4191
fax: 416-739-5855
email: michelle.sauve@ec.gc.ca

PLEASE REGISTER ME FOR THE MEETING ON April 27, 1999

Name ____________________________________________________
Title ____________________________________
Organization____________________________________________
Address_________________________________________________
City/State/Zip____________________________
Phone _______________________ Fax _______________________
E-Mail __________________________________

Workgroup meeting you will attend (midday breakout session):

Please Check One:
Alkyl-Lead
Benzo (A) Pyrene and HCBs
Dioxins and Furans
Mercury
PCBs
Pesticides
Octachlorostyrene

*Note to Integration Group Members:
Do you plan to attend the additional meeting on April 28, 1999?
    ___ yes    ___ no

Enclosure (3)
BNS SPRING MEETING HOTEL INFORMATION
The BNS Spring Meeting will be held at the Delta Chelsea Inn, 22 Gerard
Street West, Toronto, Ontario, located in downtown Toronto close to the
Eaton Centre and Yonge Street.
A limited number of rooms have been made available at a BNS meeting rate of
$129/Sgl (CAD) or $149/Dbl (CAD).  You must call the Delta Chelsea Inn
directly at (416) 585-4632 and mention rate code GTBTS to receive the BNS
meeting room rate.  All rooms must be reserved by April 3, 1999 in order to
receive this rate.  If accommodations are not available at the rate
requested, a higher rate may apply.

The Airport Express Shuttle Service departs every 20 minutes from Pearson
International Airport to the Delta Chelsea Inn.   Approximate travel time is
one hour.   The cost is $12.50 one way or $21.50 round trip.

Other hotels near the Delta Chelsea Inn:

Toronto Marriott Eaton Centre Hotel
525 Bay Street
(888) 440-9300

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
123 Queen Street West
(416) 361-1000

Days Inn - Toronto Downtown
30 Carlton Street
(416) 977-6655