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Local And Sector-Based Pollution Prevention In The Bts

Project Information

Award Amount:$75,000.00
Dollars Leveraged:$3,023.00
Start-End Dates:10/1/99-9/30/01
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) continued to promote mercury reduction practices in support of the Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy (GLBTS) in:

1) the health care sector
2) consumer products
3) by advocating Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) to mercury air emissions.

Environmental Results/Products:

• NWF obtained significant mercury reductions and pledges for further mercury reductions in the health care industry and in mercury products, and has gained commitments for voluntary pollution prevention from many sectors through use of the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) process.

• NWF participated extensively in setting the agendas of and in the meetings of the Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy (GLBTS) Integration Group and the Mercury Group, and promoted participation to other organizations and individuals involved with the GLBTS.

NWF conducted a mailing to the CEO’s of more than 180 members of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, explaining the importance of eliminating the use and release of mercury and dioxin from health care facilities. The January/February 2001 issue of Michigan Health & Hospitals Magazine featured an article highlighting the MHA’s Hospitals for a Healthy Environment task force and it’s support of mercury thermometer exchanges, and elimination of toxics, including mercury.

NWF, with the Health Care Without Harm coalition, initiated the Mercury Free Medicine campaign. Forty-four (44) hospitals and 100 health care clinics in Michigan signed the Mercury Free Medicine Pledge presented by the MHA.

NWF worked with community organizations in Detroit to gain a commitment from the Henry Ford Healthcare System to close the incinerator on its main campus in central Detroit. The incinerator will be shut down by June 2001.

NWF played a supporting role in facilitating new mercury initiatives including municipal bans on mercury products, voluntary clean sweeps and mercury thermometer collection programs. NWF continues to work with state agencies, including Ohio EPA and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to draft TMDLs for mercury air emissions.


  • MHA’s Hospitals for a Healthy Environment Task Force Article

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.

Michigan Health and Hospital Association - Partner

6215 W. St. Joseph Highway
Lansing, Michigan 48917
p: 517-323-3443
f: 517-323-0946

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency - Partner

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, Minnesota 55155-4194
p: 651-296-6300


Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR)
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