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Mercury Reduction Through Steel Company Supply Chain

Project Information

Award Amount:$40,000.00
Dollars Leveraged:$0.00
Start-End Dates:6/1/01-9/30/03
Description:Summary: The Delta Institute conducted outreach activities to various industrial sectors in the Great Lakes region to identify pollution prevention opportunities to reduce level 1 and 2 pollutants to the Great Lakes. These included Wisconsin Energy and 16th Street Community Health Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and NiSource, a large energy company, in Merrillville, Indiana.

Environmental Results/Products:

NiSource, Merrillville, Indiana
A list of chemicals that are of concern in ecosystems and regions where NiSource companies operate and that are linked to NiSource company operations was developed.

Facility specific initiatives that demonstrate corporate pollution prevention principles were initiated. An inventory of chemical use was conducted at three typical NiSource facilities. High VOC chemicals were selected as a priority for reduction and replacement. The volume of VOC reduced was measured through 3E analysis.

The concept of including pollution prevention and toxics as a criterion within sustainable indices and social responsible investment reports was promoted to investment managers from Calvert, Sustainable Asset Management and the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, Innovest Strategic Value Advisors.

Wisconsin Energy Corporation
The Delta Institute worked with Wisconsin Energy Corporation in 2001 to 2002 to integrate an evaluation of Great Lakes pollutants into their current environmental management system (EMS).

16th Street Community Health Center
The Delta Institute worked with the 16th Street Community Health Center in the Monomonee River Valley in Wisconsin to use environmental management systems to respond to geographic specific community and environmental issues, which includes Great Lakes toxics. Through this effort the Delta Institute successfully worked with Wisconsin Energy Corporation, the Policy Academy on Environmental Management Tools and 16th Street Community Health Clinic to develop a community based EMS in the Menomonee River/Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern.
This community based EMS program that targets Great Lakes toxics is also being piloted in:

- Mona Lake Watershed. Delta Institute is working with Webb Chemical on an ecosystem-based EMS in Mona Lake Watershed region in western Michigan;

- Macatawa Watershed. Delta is developing an ecosystem impact analysis of the Macatawa watershed in western Michigan for Herman Miller Corporation;

- Milwaukee River. Delta Institute is developing a profile and matrix of ecosystem impairment of the Milwaukee River for Cook Composites and Polymers associated with their plant in Saukville, Wisconsin


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.

Delta Institute - Primary Contact

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

Wisconsin Energies - Partner

231 W. Michigan St.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203
p: (414) 221-2345
There are no individuals in this organization
associated with this project.

Associated Organizations

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

16th Street Community Health Center - Partner

1032 S. Cesar E. Chavez Drive
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204

Cook Composites and Polymers Corporation - Partner

340 S Railroad St
Saukville, Wisconsin 53080-2100
p: 262-284-0555
f: 262-284-7517

Herman Miller Corporation - Partner

855 East Main Ave.
P.O. Box 302
Zeeland, Michigan 49464-0302
p: 616-654-3000

NiSource - Partner

801 East 86th Avenue
Merrillville, Indiana 46410

Webb Chemical Corporation - Partner

PO Box 4348
2708 Jarman Street
Muskegon, Michigan 49444-0348
p: 231-733-2182

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