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Great Lakes chemical hot spots go Online
By Corydon Ireland
Democrat and Chronicle

As of today, Web users will be able to dial up a comprehensive look at 43 chemical hot spots that dot the Great Lakes basin. (See link below.)

The International Joint Commission, a U.S.-Canadian Great Lakes advisory group, this morning released its first status report in 10 years on these so-called areas of concern, which are marked by extensive contaminated chemical sediments that may date back 90 years.

Included in the report is what the IJC calls a matrix of information on cleanup progress since 1987, when the areas -- six of them in New York -- were first identified.

And the group says that talks are under way to make the matrix a living document that is updated by U.S. and Canadian environmental authorities twice a year.

There is one official area of concern in the Rochester region -- the Rochester Embayment, which is composed of the northernmost six miles of the Genesee River and a linked portion of Lake Ontario measuring 35 square miles.

Information regarding progress on cleaning up the Embayment is very sketchy, or non-existent, on the IJC’s Matrix. The database tabulates changes to infrastructure, ongoing remediation projects, planned actions and other measures.

The lack of information -- not confined to the Rochester area of concern -- points to one of the IJC’s primary recommendations, which called on U.S. and Canadian authorities to appoint information coordinators for each area of concern.

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