Innovations sought to address
toxic air pollution
Great Lakes Commission Press Release
Ann Arbor, Mich. -- The Great Lakes Commission has assumed
management of the Great Lakes Air Deposition (GLAD) program,
a major initiative that provides funding opportunities
for air quality research, and a forum for information
exchange among scientists, managers and policymakers.
Thanks to support from the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, the Commission will award up to $1.235 million
over the next year for innovative research projects that
support efforts to reduce toxic air deposition through
improved understanding of processes by which persistent
bioaccumulative toxics (PBTs) are deposited into the waters
of the Great Lakes basin.
"Great Lakes restoration and protection efforts
demand a multimedia approach that recognizes water, land
and air as pollutant pathways," said Dr. Michael
J. Donahue, Commission president/CEO. "Airborne contaminants
are particularly insidious, as they can bioaccumulate
in the ecosystem with long-term implications for human
health and wildlife."
Airborne PBTs may originate within the Great Lakes basin
or be transported over great distances before they are
deposited and accumulate in the lakes and other water
bodies. Enhanced understanding of their origins, transport,
deposition and impact are critical to ensuring informed
regulatory and other public policy decisions.
The Great Lakes Commission, in partnership with its eight
member states, Ontario and U.S. EPA, maintains a regional
inventory of toxic air emissions, and now tracks some
213 contaminants from point, area and mobile sources in
basin jurisdictions. The effort is led by a federal/state
task force chaired by Orlando Cabrera-Rivera, an air management
specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
The Great Lakes Air Deposition program will complement
this ongoing work and, by providing a forum for scientists,
managers and policymakers, will ensure that sound data
and information is available as research, management and
policy decisions are made.
Technical data and information will also be provided
in a format useful for mayors, other municipal officials
and all public/private sector entities with an interest
in both the origins and impacts of toxic air emissions.
A web site for this purpose has been established and can
be accessed at www.glc.org/glad
Priorities for funding in FY 2004 include air deposition
monitoring; emissions inventory development; source characterization
and emissions factor development; atmospheric and multimedia
modeling; and assess-ment of effects on wildlife and human
health. The Request for Proposals will be posted Monday,
Oct. 20, at www.glc.org/glad
with a closing date of December 17, 2003.