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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy 2008 Progress Report

Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy 2008 Progress Report

Signed in 1997 by Environment Canada (EC) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), the Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy (GLBTS, or Strategy) established U.S. and Canadian challenge goals for 12 Level 1 persistent toxic substances, and targeted a list of Level 2 substances for pollution prevention measures. Over the past 11 years, the governments of Canada and the United States, along with stakeholders from industry, academia, state/provincial and local governments, Tribes, First Nations, and environmental and community groups have worked together to achieve these goals. Thirteen of the original seventeen challenge goals have been met, and significant progress has been made toward the remaining four. Under the Strategy, EC and US EPA also agreed to consider additional substances that may present threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem. This status report describes recent progress and recognizes that the challenge ahead for the GLBTS is to identify and address potential new chemical threats to the Great Lakes Basin.


U.S. EPA & Environment Canada

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December 2008

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