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GLIN==> EPA, ENVIRONMENT CANADA propose strategies to reduce pollution in Lake Superior



For Immediate Release: November 29, 1999  No. 99 - OPA352

EPA, ENVIRONMENT CANADA PROPOSE STRATEGIES TO REDUCE POLLUTION IN LAKE
SUPERIOR

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Environment Canada
are seeking comments on proposed strategies to reduce nine critical
pollutants in the Lake Superior Basin.  The targeted pollutants are
those most likely to adversely impact human or ecological health, as
well as recreational activities, such as fishing or swimming.

The strategies are outlined in a report  -- "Lake Superior:
Lakewide Management Plan, Stage 3, Reducing Critical Pollutants" --
developed  by EPA, Environment Canada, the States of Michigan,
Minnesota, and Wisconsin, Province of Ontario, and U.S. Tribes. 

The targeted critical pollutants are: dioxin, mercury,
polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB's), hexachlorobenzene,
octachlorostyrene, and the pesticides, chlordane, DDT, dieldrin/aldrin,
and toxaphene.

The Lake Superior Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP) is part of the
Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the United States and
Canada, which addresses the water quality problems in the Great Lakes. 
The LaMP will also carry out the goals of the Lake Superior Binational
Program, which was established in 1991 to restore and protect the Lake
Superior ecosystem.  

The binational program has already developed a Zero Discharge
Demonstration Program to eliminate the discharge of persistent,
bioaccumulative toxic chemicals and another program that focuses on
non-chemical elements of the Lake Superior ecosystem, such as health,
habitats, wildlife, aquatic life, and sustainable development.

Copies of the report are available from Shelia Wells, U.S. EPA
Region 5, W-15J,  77 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604, 312-
886-0132, or e-mail: wells.shelia@epa.gov.  The report and information
about the Lake Superior Binational Program are available at
www.epa.gov/glnpo/lakesuperior.

U.S. comments should be sent by Jan. 10, 2000, to Janet Pellegrini
at U.S. EPA Region 5, WU-16J, 77 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL,
60604, or e-mailed to: pellegrini.janet@epa.gov.
(312)  886-4298

Media Contact: Phillippa Cannon  
(312)  353-6218 
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