Mobilizing/Coordinating Industry Bnts Participation
|Description:||Summary: The Council of Great Lakes Industries (CGLI) has worked in partnership with the U.S EPA since 1997 to facilitate implementation of the Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy (GLBTS). CGLI has conducted awareness efforts, recruited workgroup participants, gathered data for release inventory building, helped implement a decision tree process for sector significance determinations, researched incentives which attract industry to BTS participation, served as a liaison between U.S. EPA and industry stakeholders, and sought substance release commitments from industry stakeholders. The highlights of this continuing work effort for the fiscal year 2002 include:
• Continue substance workgroup support activities and awareness efforts to nurture current participants, and seek additional participants from industry sectors, which have not yet become involved in the strategy. These include the primary and secondary aluminum and cooper smelters, pesticide manufacturers and small industries.
• Increase strategy awareness and participation among industry suppliers and;
• Chart a course for future efforts once current strategy goals have been met, this effort will include a study of existing pollution prevention programs to determine how/if EPA EPCRA Tier II substances have been included.
Environmental Results/Products: CGLI’s efforts have resulted in enhanced industry participation in BTS activities. Increasing this participation further and gaining additional commitments required additional contact within industries already active in the program and those sectors yet to join the effort.
CGLIs industry stakeholder list continues to grow, 150 individuals representing many different sectors, individual industries are now registered and receive regular briefings regarding strategic activities and challenge goals.
The chlor-alkali industry mercury use reduction commitment on PCB equipment, the steel industry mercury program, the auto industry commitments on PCB equipment phase out are examples of new commitments made specifically as part of the BTS program.
Other individual company efforts have resulted in BTS substances use and release reductions examples include:
• Niagara Mohawk’s effort, which replaced 37,000 mercury containing gas regulators in use by consumers and their distribution facility focus efforts, which retired 29,700 PCB capacitors.
• Ontario Hydro’s program, will result in the destruction of 81 percent (81%) of their PCB inventory by the year 2006. This facility seeks to be PCB free by year 2015.
• Dow Canada’s 95% reduction in release of dioxins and furans from vinyl chloride monomer production.
• Industry sector collective voluntary programs such as the American Forest & Paper Association environmental principles and goals program, Automotive Pollution Prevention Program, the Chemical Industry responsible Care Program, Wisconsin Paper Council/Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WI DNR) P5 program and Michigan Pulp and Paper Environmental Council/ Michigan DEQ P5 program all serve as examples of voluntary programs which include elements that call for and result in the reduction of releases of BTS Level I and Level II substances.
• Eastman Kodak’s commitment to virtually eliminate heavy metals, cadmium, mercury, lead and chromium (VI) from their products.
• Dow’s commitment to reduce HBC and mercury compounds release by 75% by 2005.
• Goodyear Tire and Rubber’s efforts, which have made 15 plants in the U.S. and two in Canada PCB free.
There are no reports associated with this project.
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.
Council of Great Lakes Industries - Primary Contact
P.O. Box 134006
Ann Arbor, Minnesota 48113-4006
p: (734) 663-1944
f: (734) 663-2424
Below is a list of associated organizations that are NOT giving or receiving funding for this project.
Michigan Pulp and Paper Environmental Council - Partner
2843 East Grand River
East Lansing, Michigan 48823
Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR)
One East Hazelwood Drive Champaign, IL 61820