Local And Sector Based Pollution Prevention
The National Wildlife Federation continued to implement local and industrial-based projects for reducing the priority pollutants targeted by the GLBTS, with a focus on:
A) Expanding National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) successful mercury pollution prevention work in the healthcare industry within the Great Lakes basin;
B) Integrating the Southeast Michigan mercury pollution prevention activities with the Detroit River Remedial Action Plan (RAP) Pollution Prevention Action Team’s program;
C) Initiating a multi-stakeholder mercury pollution prevention task force in Ohio; and
D) Continuing our leadership role among environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGO’s) in the GLBTS).
Fifteen new hospitals in Region 5 have signed the Mercury Free Medicine pledge and will begin to convert to a mercury free facility. Eleven of the fifteen hospitals are located in Michigan. Nationally a total of over 650 hospitals and clinics have signed the Mercury Free Medicine pledge. Another 78 health care facilities in the Saginaw Bay watershed support mercury elimination at their facilities. This will equate to as much as 2,656 pounds of mercury use being eliminated.
The Michigan Hospital Association (MHA) also launched a web site for member hospitals to make the Mercury Free Medicine pledge on-line. The project has also distributed educational and technical materials to health care facilities in each of the 22 counties in the Saginaw Bay watershed.
NWF has worked with the Great Lakes states and EPA to develop the Total Maximum Daily Loads (a watershed cleanup plan) plan. The TMDL plan is intended to clean up waterways, including the Great Lakes, impaired by mercury and other pollutants. NWF has participated in the GLBTS meetings and has been an active participant in the workgroups.
Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are funding 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
Below is a list of associated organizations that are NOT giving or receiving funding for this project.
Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR)
One East Hazelwood Drive Champaign, IL 61820
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