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GLIN==> GLRC Invites Comments on Draft Mercury Emission Reduction Strategy



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 emission reductions 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.


Access the review documents at:
http://glrc.us/initiatives/toxics/drafthgemissionreductionstrategy11-08.html

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