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GLIN==> 2004 Annual Report of the Binational Toxics Strategy



The 2004 Annual Report of the The Canada-US Great Lakes Binational
Toxics Strategy (GLBTS), "A beyond compliance Strategy to virtually
eliminate persistent toxic substances from the Great Lakes", is now
available on the web at http://www.epa.gov/greatlakes/bns/.

This past year saw continuing reductions in the twelve level 1 priority
pollutants (including mercury, PCBs, dioxins/furans, hexachlorobenzene,
Benzo(a)Pyrene, octachlorostyrene, alkyl lead and cancelled pesticides)
both sides of the border. Of seventeen reduction goals set forth in the
Strategy, ten have been met, three will be met by 2006, and the rest are
well advanced toward their respective targets.

This report presents the latest pollution prevention and toxics
reduction activities taking place under the GLBTS across the basin.
Some examples include the work of the American Dental Association, in
partnership with the Naval Institute for Dental and Biomedical Research,
to develop and disseminate best management practices for dental mercury
amalgam to dentists across the Great Lakes Basin;Ford Motor Company
achieving a 79% phase-out of their PCB transformers globally in 2004,
and committing to 95% phase-out by the end of 2006; activities of the
Scrap Tire Pile Mitigation Support Project, led by USEPA, which has
developed a scrap tire pile inventory, along with GIS mapping, and a
training and outreach program to mitigate tire piles across the basin.
(Contact: Ted Smith at (312) 353-6571).

http://www.epa.gov/greatlakes/bns/

see also
http://binational.net
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Edwin R. Smith
G-17J
USEPA REGION 5
77 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604-3507
312-353-6571
smith.edwin@epa.gov

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