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Project Information

Award Amount:$60,000.00
Dollars Leveraged:$0.00
Start-End Dates:10/1/01-9/30/02
The goal of this project was to eliminate the introduction of mercury into the environment from the Region 5 states, to enhance state-level pollution prevention work by providing new incentives for industries to adopt P2 measures and select source sector for mercury and other persistent bioaccumulative toxics (PBTs) and pursue ambitious pollution prevention measures in that sector.

This project aimed to focus and channel state mercury reduction and pollution prevention activities by defining statewide targets and mercury reduction plans, working closely with state agency personnel and other stakeholders, and putting particular emphasis on sectors where there is strong pollution prevention potential. The ongoing project aims to link strong state level programs with larger regional initiatives such as the Binational Toxics Strategy (BTS), to achieve the broad mercury reductions necessary to decisively reduce mercury and other PBT pollution in the Great Lakes.

Environmental Results/Products:

Enhance state-level pollution prevention (P2) work by providing new incentives for industries to adopt P2 measures.

The National Wildlife Federation - Great Lakes Natural Resource Center (NWF) developed the mercury phase out proposal and briefed states on a mercury reduction initiative that would lead to virtual elimination of mercury pollution in the Great Lakes region. The mercury phase out proposal is designed to reward states for undertaking aggressive and effective mercury pollution prevention measures.

The proposal provides states with the option of meeting their extensive mercury-related watershed cleanup obligations under the Clean Water Act by entering into a memorandum of agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to phase out mercury over a discrete period of time. EPA and NWF’s work on developing a regional phase out plan provided an effective context for NEW to approach and work with agencies at the state level on mercury reduction efforts.

NWF worked with the state of Michigan to enhance mercury pollution prevention, using the mercury phase out proposal. NWF worked intensively with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and state leaders to conceptualize, develop and cost out the mercury phase out plan that would virtually eliminate mercury releases in Michigan by 2020 and cut them by 90% by 2010.

NWF and MDEQ drafted and refined mercury reduction scenarios that demonstrate how and when Michigan can achieve increasing levels of mercury reduction. A report was drafted that explores the different types of reduction strategies that are feasible in each mercury emitting sector in Michigan, and the comparative costs of those strategies. The report reviews mercury reduction options for all know industries and sectors in Michigan which generate any substantial mercury emissions. These include, among others:
• coal-fired power generation, as well as commercial, industrial and domestic boilers
• hospital waste, municipal waste and sewage sludge incineration
• foundries and cement manufacturing
• automotive switches, dental amalgam, and fluorescent lamp manufacturing and use.

It was discovered, through this effort, that mercury emissions from medical waste incinerators; thought to have declined from 3400 pounds to 10 pounds or less, actually may still amount to up to 1,000 pounds. This finding reinforces the need for product substitution and pollution prevention in the medical sector to remain a high priority.

Work intensively in a single source sector to increase P2 for mercury and other PBTs.

NWF partnered with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD), a publicly owned treatment works (POTW) in Detroit Michigan. Together they designed and implemented a pollution prevention strategy that focused on reducing PBT discharges from significant industrial users (SIUs) of water. Outreach materials, in the form of a survey on mercury issues were distributed to approximately 400 SIUs in the DWSD system.


  • Getting to 90%: A Review of Mercury Phase Out Alternatives and Costs for Michigan
  • Mercury in Products Guide
  • Significant Industrial User Survey
  • Sources of Mercury Fact Sheet

Funding Organizations

Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are funding this project.

U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office - Primary Contact

77 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, Illinois 60604
There are no individuals in this organization
associated with this project.

Organizations Receiving Funding

Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are receiving funding for this project.

National Wildlife Federation - Primary Contact

Great Lakes Natural Resource Center
506 E. Liberty, 2nd Floor
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-2210
p: 313-769-3351
f: 313-769-1449
Individual Contacts

Associated Organizations

Below is a list of associated organizations that are NOT giving or receiving funding for this project.

Citizens for a Better Environment - Partner

152 W. Wisconsin Ave., #510
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203
p: 866-256-5988

Delta Institute - Partner

53 W Jackson Blvd., Suite 1604
Chicago, Illinois 60604
p: (312) 554-0900
f: (312) 554-0193

Environmental Law & Policy Center - Partner

35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1300
Chicago, Illinois 60601
p: 312-673-6500
f: 312-795-3730

Great Lakes United - Partner

Buffalo State College, Cassetty Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, New York 14222
p: (716) 886-0142
f: (716) 886-0303

Hoosier Environmental Council - Partner

1915 W. 18th Street, Suite A
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
p: (317) 685-8800

Indiana Wildlife Federation - Partner

4715 W. 106th St
Zionsville, Indiana 46077
p: 317-875-9453
f: 317-875-9442

Izaak Walton League - Partner

1619 Dayton Ave
Suite 202
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104
p: (651) 649-1446

Lake Michigan Federation - Partner


League of Ohio Sportsmen - Partner

642 West Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
p: (614) 224-8970
f: (614) 224-8971

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality - Partner

Environmental Science & Services Division
PO Box 30457
Lansing, Michigan 30457
p: 800-662-9278

Michigan Environmental Council - Partner

119 Pere Marquette Drive
Suite 2A
Lansing, Michigan 48912
p: 517-487-9539
f: 517-487-9541

Michigan United Conservation Clubs - Partner

P.O. Box 30235
Lansing, Michigan 48909-7735
p: 517/371-1041
f: 517/371-1505

Minnesota Conservation Federation - Partner

551 Snelling Avenue S. Suite B
St. Paul, Minnesota 55116-1525
p: 651-690-3077
f: 651-690-2208

Mississippi River Revival - Partner

51 E 4th. St. Suite 305
Winona, Minnesota 55987
p: 507-457-0393
f: 507-457-0394

Ohio Environmental Council - Partner

1207 Grandview Avenue
Suite 201
Columbus, Ohio 43212-3449
p: 614-487-7506
f: 614-487-7510

Save Lake Superior Association - Partner

P.O. Box 101
Two Harbors, Minnesota 55616
p: 218-226-3223

Wisconsin Environmental Decade - Partner

122 State Street, Suite 200
Madison, Wisconsin 53703-2500
p: 608-251-7020
f: 608-251-1655

Wisconsin Wildlife Federation - Partner

W7303 County Highway CS
Poynette, Wisconsin 53955
p: 608-635-2742
f: 608-635-2743


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(217) 333-8940

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