GLRPPR Sector Resource: Mercury in Products Phase-Down Strategy
Mercury in Products Phase-Down Strategy
The Great Lakes Mercury in Products Phase-Down Strategy was finalized in June 2008. The Phase-Down Strategy was developed in response to the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration (GLRC) Strategy to Restore and Protect the Great Lakes. The Phase-Down Strategy outlined 60 recommendations (56 recommendations plus 1 recommendation that was subdivided into 4 parts) for reducing mercury in five selected products, five selected sectors, and across the sectors and products. One of these recommendations a) directed the Great Lakes states, tribes, and cities to form a workgroup that would meet periodically to evaluate and discuss progress being made in mercury reductions and b) directed the workgroup to prepare and submit a progress report to the Council of Great Lakes Governors every two years, through 2015. In accordance with the Phase-Down Strategy, the Great Lakes Mercury in Products Phase-Down Implementation Workgroup was formed and has met quarterly since September 2010. Representatives from Great Lakes states, tribes, and cities, as well as Environment Canada and Ontario Ministry of the Environment, were invited to participate in the implementation workgroup. Canada and Ontario were not part of the GLRC or the team that developed the Phase-Down Strategy, and they are not obligated to implement the Phase-Down Strategy's recommendations. However, Environment Canada and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment have participated in the workgroup in order to encourage cross-border coordination and sharing of lessons learned and best practices across the Great Lakes region.
Great Lakes Regional Collaboration
Date of Publication:
June 12, 2008
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