Friday, December 5, 2008

Mercury Source Reduction Sectors - Draft GLRC Priority Sectors

In 2008, the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration (GLRC) Executive Committee directed that a Great Lakes Mercury Emission Reduction Strategy be developed with a goal of producing institutionalized activities to sustain mercury emission reductions from unregulated sources, and regulated sources with potential for additional reduction. The strategy would produce recommendations or options for state action. A workgroup was formed in April 2008 to develop the Strategy.

In November 2008, the work group released several draft documents which will be part of the overall Draft Mercury Emission Reduction Strategy Report. These documents have been made available for public comment until December 17, 2008.

A key document out for review is the draft listing of priority source sectors to be addressed. These sectors were selected based on a set of criteria (which are also being published for public comment) and using existing information of mercury sources. The priority source sectors are:

  • Utility boilers
  • Metals production
  • Waste incineration
  • Cement production
  • Non-utility fuel combustion
  • Mercury cell chlor-alkali plants
  • Mercury emission related to product use and disposal

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