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GLIN==> 2007 U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy Progress Report Released

Dear Great Lakes Colleagues:

Environment Canada and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are
pleased to announce the release of the 2007 edition of the U.S.-Canada
Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy (GLBTS) Progress Report. The
report is available on the web at http://www.binational.net/ .

Over the past ten years, the governments of Canada and the U.S., along
with stakeholders from industry, academia, state/provincial and local
governments, Tribes, First Nations, and environmental and community
groups have worked together toward the achievement of the Strategy’s
challenge goals. Of the Strategy’s 17 challenge goals that were
established in 1997, 13 have been achieved and significant progress has
been made toward the remaining four challenge goals.

Compared to 1988 levels, Canada achieved over 98 per cent reduction in
sources, uses and releases for alkyl-lead; eliminated the use,
generation or release of octachlorostyrene and five Level 1 pesticides;
met its 90 percent reduction goal for mercury and dioxins and furans;
and reduced emissions of hexachlorobenzene and benzo(a)pyrene by 73
percent and 52 percent, respectively. Furthermore, Canada destroyed 90
per cent of high-level PCBs in storage, compared to 1993 levels; and
achieved a reduction of nearly 70 percent of high-level PCBs in service
since 1989.

Similarly, the U.S. eliminated the use of alkyl-lead in automotive
gasoline; eliminated the use, generation or release of octachlorostyrene
and five Level 1 pesticides; achieved its 50 percent reduction goal for
mercury and 75 percent goal for dioxins and furans, and reduced its
benzo(a)pyrene emissions by 77 percent, in addition to significantly
reducing its hexachlorobenzene releases and PCB equipment in service.

Looking ahead beyond the reduction of legacy contaminants, Canada and
the U.S. have also created two new Groups under the Strategy to focus on
substances of emerging concerns and sectors of importance in the Great
Lakes Basin. These new efforts will enable the identification of
management options for addressing the current and future releases of
persistent toxic substances into the Great Lakes Basin.

For additional information about the GLBTS, the innovative
public-private binational partnership aimed at reducing toxic chemicals
in the Great Lakes, please consult the 2007 GLBTS Progress Report at:


Edwin R. (Ted) Smith
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(312) 353-6571

Alan Waffle
Environment Canada
(416) 739-5854
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