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Mobilizing/Coordinating Industry Support Of The Virtual Elimination Strategy

Project Information

Award Amount:$140,000.00
Dollars Leveraged:$12,200.00
Start-End Dates:10/1/97-10/30/99
Description:Summary: The Council of Great Lakes Industries (CGLI) promoted industry awareness of the Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy (GLBTS) and voluntary opportunities to reduce persistent toxic substances (PTS); collected PTS reduction success stories from industry, and enumerated current industry commitments to reduce or eliminate PTS use and discharge.

Environmental Results/Products: CGLI expanded the list of industry stakeholders with whom they regularly communicate in order to increase awareness of the Great Lakes Binational Toxic Strategy and what the industry stakeholder can do to reduce emissions of toxic materials.

Industry participants revealed the existence of several voluntary PTS reduction programs. Some examples include the following:

● Niagara Mohwak replaced 37,000 mercury containing gas regulators in use by their customers, and their distribution facility focus efforts which retired 29,700 PCB capacitors;

● Dow Canada - 95 percent reduction in release of dioxins and furans from vinyl chloride monomer production. - baseline???;

● Goodyear Tire and Rubber’s efforts resulted in 15 plants in the U.S. and two in Canada PCB free;

● The U.S. pulp and paper industry dioxin virtual elimination program. As a result of their voluntary efforts, dioxins if they exist at all, are no longer measurable in bleach plant effluents, wastewater treatment plant sludges, or bleached kraft mill products.

The chlor-alkali industry mercury use reduction commitment, the steel industry mercury program, the auto industry commitment on PCB equipment phase-out are examples of new commitments made specifically as part of the GLBTS program. Other significant commitments from industry to establish virtual elimination goals or make substantial commitments to further reduce Level 1 PBT substance release include:

● Eastman Kodak’s commitment to virtually eliminate heavy metals cadmium, mercury, lead and chromium (VI) from their products.

● Dow’s commitment to reduce hexachlorobenzene (HCB) and mercury compound releases by 75 percent by 2005.

● Ontario Hydro - program which will result in the destruction of 81 percent of their PCB inventory by year 2006. This utility seeks to be PCB free by year 2015.

Industry sector collective voluntary programs such as the American Forest & Paper Association environmental principles and goals program, Automotive Pollution Prevention Program, the Chemical Industry Responsible Care Program, Wisconsin Paper Council/Wisconsin DNR P5 program, and Michigan Pulp and Paper Environmental Council/Michigan DEQ P5 program all serve as examples of voluntary programs which include elements that call for and result in the reduction of releases of GLBTS level one and level two substances. These reductions are cataloged and included in the GLBTS program as a result of CGLI’s contacts with sponsoring organizations.

CGLI also helped to determine and confirm the status of mercury use within the Great Lakes region, and to catalog the release of mercury from the manufacture and use of such products as household batteries, lighting lamps and equipment, thermostats, switches and relays. CGLI work with industry helped to identify potential sources of Octachlorostyrene in the Great Lakes Basin, as well.


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Funding Organizations

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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

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Council of Great Lakes Industries - Primary Contact

P.O. Box 134006
Ann Arbor, Minnesota 48113-4006
p: (734) 663-1944
f: (734) 663-2424
Individual Contacts

Associated Organizations

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

Dow Canada - Partner

450 - 1st Street S.W.
Suite 2100
Calgary, Alberta T2P 5H1
p: 1 403 267 3500

Dow Chemical Company - Partner

2030 Dow Center
Midland, Michigan 48674
p: (989) 636-1000

Eastman Kodak Company - Partner

343 State Street
Rochester, New York 14650

Goodyear Tire and Rubber - Partner

1144 East Market Street
Akron, Ohio 44316-0001
p: (330) 796-2121

Niagara Mohawk Corporation - Partner

300 Erie Blvd. West
Syracuse, New York 13202
p: 315-474-1511
f: 315-460-7041

Ontario Hydro - Partner

185 Clegg Rd.
Markham, Ontario L6G 1B7
p: (888) 664-9376


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