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GLIN==> Request for Feedback on Great Lakes Mercury Emission Reduction Strategy Initial Draft Documents

Submitted by Deb Jacobson <djacobson@istc.illinois.edu>


Dear Great Lakes Stakeholders,

The GLRC Executive Committee directed that a Great Lakes Mercury Emission Reduction Strategy be developed with a goal of producing institutionalized activities to sustain mercury emissions reduction from unregulated sources, and regulated sources with potential for additional reduction. The Strategy should produce recommendations for state action, or available options for state action. It also directed that the group developing the strategy solicit input from stakeholders on an ongoing basis using the existing Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy mercury workgroup.

A workgroup was formed in April 2008 to develop the Strategy. The workgroup has made significant progress towards the development of the draft Strategy, including developing a detailed table of contents, developing a detailed discussion about mercury emission sources, and the criteria for selecting source sectors that will be addressed in detail in the Strategy. The Strategy Team is seeking input from Stakeholders on these documents developed so far.

The work group members selected source sectors based on the criteria communicated in the June 17, 2008 memo to stakeholders. Selection was based on the following criteria:

Total emissions within the Great Lakes states
Potential for high deposition within Great Lakes Basin (due to speciation profile) or high local emissions impact (because of big individual sources)
Current availability of measures to achieve reductions.
Potential for future emissions growth from the sector
Sources were further evaluated based on the following criteria:
Are mercury emissions from the sector already being adequately addressed?
Do states have the ability to achieve reductions beyond what will be accomplished through existing/forthcoming regulations/programs?
Are there cost-effective opportunities for additional reduction?

The Great Lakes Mercury Emissions Reduction Strategy workgroup would appreciate stakeholder input on the draft outline, the criteria document, and the source sector document. Please email your contributions to Alexis Cain at cain.alexis@epa.gov and to Deb Jacobson at djacobson@istc.illinois.edu. Input would be most helpful if submitted by December 19, 2008.

draft outline - http://glrppr.org/docs/Mercury-Emission-Strategy-Draft-Table-of-Contents.pdf

criteria - http://glrppr.org/docs/Criteria-for-Hg-Emission-Source-Selection.pdf

source sector - http://glrppr.org/docs/GL-mercury-sources.pdf


Deb Jacobson
Mercury Emission Strategy Team Coordinator

Debra Jacobson
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