LISTSERV mailing list manager LISTSERV 16.5

Help for ENVIRO-NEWS Archives


ENVIRO-NEWS Archives

ENVIRO-NEWS Archives


Enviro-News@ARS.USDA.GOV


View:

Message:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

By Topic:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

By Author:

[

First

|

Previous

|

Next

|

Last

]

Font:

Proportional Font

LISTSERV Archives

LISTSERV Archives

ENVIRO-NEWS Home

ENVIRO-NEWS Home

ENVIRO-NEWS  July 2006

ENVIRO-NEWS July 2006

Subject:

Report Highlights Accomplishments; Outlines Path Forward

From:

"Makuch, Joe" <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Makuch, Joe

Date:

Wed, 5 Jul 2006 13:52:16 -0400

Content-Type:

text/plain

Parts/Attachments:

Parts/Attachments

text/plain (97 lines)

From: U.S. EPA [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2006 1:26 PM
Subject: EPA News Release: Report Highlights Accomplishments; Outlines
Path Forward

  

News for Release: Wednesday, July 5, 2006 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 

Report Highlights Accomplishments; Outlines Path Forward 

Contact: Jennifer Wood, (202) 564-4355 / [log in to unmask] 

(Washington, D.C. - July 5, 2006)  Domestic releases and uses of mercury
have decreased significantly over the last 25 years, according to a
report released today by EPA. For example, U.S. mercury air emissions
have been reduced by 45 percent since 1990, and mercury use in products
and processes decreased 83 percent between 1980 and 1997. "EPA's Roadmap
for Mercury," the first-ever comprehensive overview of agency mercury
activities, describes progress and ongoing efforts in reducing mercury
in the environment, both domestically and internationally. 

The roadmap highlights the agency's decade-plus efforts to address
mercury risks to human health and the environment. The roadmap will also
help the agency maximize coordination of its diverse efforts in
advancing EPA's long-term goal of reducing risks associated with
mercury. In addition to providing a roadmap for EPA activities, the
report provides important information about EPA's mercury efforts to
other federal agencies, our partners in state, tribal and local
governments and to the public. 

"We're moving in the right direction - mercury emissions have declined
dramatically over the past two decades,'" said Susan Hazen, acting
assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and
Toxic Substances. "This report details previous and current activities
that have contributed to these mercury reductions, and it will help
outline EPA's overall effort to continue protecting public health and
the environment." 

The roadmap focuses on six key areas: 1) addressing mercury releases to
the environment; 2) addressing mercury uses in products and industrial
processes which can lead to releases to the environment; 3) managing
commodity-grade mercury supplies; 4) communicating risks to the public;
5) addressing international mercury sources and 6) conducting mercury
research and monitoring. 

As part of the agency's ongoing efforts to reduce mercury emissions, EPA
has also signed a proposed Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) today.
Automakers voluntarily discontinued uses of elemental mercury switches
in convenience light assemblies and anti-lock brake systems in post-2003
cars sold in America. This proposed SNUR, issued under the Toxic
Substances Control Act, would give EPA an opportunity to evaluate any
resumed use of mercury in these switches and, if necessary, to prohibit
or limit such activity before it occurs to prevent unreasonable risk of
harm to human health or the environment. 

In the last 15 years, EPA has focused its mercury reduction efforts on
large point sources of air emissions from municipal waste combustors or
incinerators, medical waste incinerators and hazardous waste combustors.
More recently, EPA has focused its efforts on industrial boilers,
chlor-alkali facilities and a Bush Administration regulation that, for
the first time, will achieve a 70 percent reduction in mercury emissions
from coal-fired power plants, when fully implemented. EPA now has
standards in place limiting mercury air releases from most major known
industrial sources in the United States. 

EPA is also working to advance the state of the science surrounding
mercury, while taking action now to help reduce risks. Major offices at
EPA are continuing to work to better understand the sources of mercury
and how it impacts human health and the environment. At the same time,
the agency is focusing on risk communication and outreach activities
that will help the public reduce exposure to mercury. 

A copy of the roadmap, the proposed SNUR and other information on the
agency's efforts to reduce mercury: http://www.epa.gov/mercury 


R194 


***********************************************
Enviro-News is a service of the Water Quality
Information Center at the National Agricultural
Library.  The center's Web site is at
http://www.nal.usda.gov/wqic/.

The Enviro-News list facilitates information exchange.
Inclusion of an item in Enviro-News does not imply
United States Department of Agriculture(USDA) agreement,
nor does USDA attest to the accuracy or completeness of
the item. (See http://www.nal.usda.gov/listserv.html.)
You can contact the list owner at
[log in to unmask]
***********************************************

Top of Message | Previous Page | Permalink

Advanced Options


Options

Log In

Log In

Get Password

Get Password


Search Archives

Search Archives


Subscribe or Unsubscribe

Subscribe or Unsubscribe


Archives

May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004
September 2004
August 2004
July 2004
June 2004
May 2004
April 2004
March 2004
February 2004
January 2004
December 2003
November 2003
October 2003
September 2003
August 2003
July 2003
June 2003
May 2003
April 2003
March 2003
February 2003
January 2003
December 2002
November 2002
October 2002
September 2002
August 2002
July 2002
June 2002
May 2002
April 2002
March 2002
February 2002
January 2002
December 2001
November 2001
October 2001
September 2001
August 2001
July 2001
June 2001
May 2001
April 2001
March 2001
February 2001
January 2001
December 2000
November 2000
October 2000
September 2000
August 2000
July 2000
June 2000
May 2000
April 2000
March 2000
February 2000
January 2000
December 1999
November 1999
October 1999
September 1999
August 1999
July 1999
June 1999
May 1999
April 1999
March 1999
February 1999
January 1999
December 1998
November 1998
October 1998
September 1998
August 1998
July 1998
June 1998
May 1998
April 1998
March 1998
February 1998
January 1998
December 1997
November 1997
October 1997
September 1997
August 1997
July 1997
June 1997
May 1997
April 1997
March 1997
February 1997

ATOM RSS1 RSS2



LISTSERV.NAL.USDA.GOV

CataList Email List Search Powered by the LISTSERV Email List Manager