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Date: Thu, 3 Aug 2000 15:41:26 -0400 (EDT)

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Subject: EPA APPROVES SIX STATES PROGRAMS TO CLEAN UP GREAT LAKES.....

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EPA APPROVES SIX STATES PROGRAMS TO CLEAN UP GREAT..../SCROLL

FOR RELEASE: THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 2000

EPA APPROVES SIX STATES' PROGRAMS TO CLEAN UP GREAT LAKES, WITH MINOR
EXCEPTIONS

Under Clinton-Gore Administration initiatives to expedite the cleanup
of the Great Lakes, EPA has approved six Great Lakes states programs
specifically tailored to clean up the Lakes, finding two states
programs, those of Minnesota and Pennsylvania, fully consistent with
federal Clean Water Act standards and the l995 Great Lakes Guidance.

Four states' programs, those of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio,
also were approved this week with minor exceptions in each state.

Under the l995 Great Lakes Guidance issued by EPA and all eight Great
Lakes states, the states agreed to adopt programs consistent with the
Guidance to ensure cleanup of the Great Lakes. Under the Clean Water
Act, states may adopt their own programs providing they are consistent
with and as stringent as federal criteria and standards.

To cover the four states' gaps in their programs, EPA is implementing federal
Clean Water Act standards in those cases. For example, certain
provisions of EPA's Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program will apply
in the State of Illinois, until the state adopts those TMDL
provisions.

Provisions of EPA's whole effluent toxicity criteria will
apply in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio until those states adopt them.

This fall, EPA will publish its decision concerning New York's and
Wisconsin's programs. EPA Administrator Carol M. Browner recently
announced that EPA will soon finalize a ban on "mixing zones" in the
Great Lakes for the most toxic, bioaccumulative chemicals of concern,
such as mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and pesticides.

Mixing zones are areas within a waterway used to dilute chemical
discharges and thus are allowed to exceed water quality standards.

EPA estimates that, as a result of the ban, load reductions of these
bioaccumulative chemicals will range from 200,000 to 700,000 toxic
pound equivalents a year. Direct water discharges of mercury will be
reduced by almost 90 percent. EPA's approval and additional details
will be published in the Federal Register soon. It is also available at:
http://www.epa.gov/ow, under "What's New."


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