Accession Number : ADP006908

Title :   Dealing with Toxic Polluted Sediments in the Great Lakes Basin,

Corporate Author : ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY CHICAGO IL GREAT LAKES NATIONAL PROGRAM OFFIC E

Personal Author(s) : Wise, Peter L.

Report Date : APR 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : The United States and Canada signed the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement in 1972. In 1978, the Agreement was expanded to cover pollution from toxic chemicals. Since 1973 the Great Lakes Water Quality Board has identified specific areas such as harbors, river mouths, and connecting channels as geographic areas of concern. Now the major problem in the majority of these areas is in-place polluted sediments. The Water Quality Board instituted a new ranking system for these areas in 1985. The purpose of the new system is to encourage progress and to allow the Board to report the status of investigatory and remedial activities accurately. The United States and Canada have banned production and use of certain toxic compounds such as DDT, dieldrin, and PCB's. The concentrations of these chemicals in fish have decreased over the last several years. Now the concentrations seem to be leveling-off, probably due to the continuing reservoir in the sediments. The highest concentrations of PCB's, up to 520,000 ppm, are found in Waukegan Harbor. The design of the proposed remedial action, under the United States Superfund authority, has been completed for Waukegan.

Descriptors :   *GREAT LAKES, *POLLUTION, *SEDIMENTS, *BASINS(GEOGRAPHIC), *TOXIC HAZARDS, AGREEMENTS, CANADA, CHANNELS, CHEMICALS, DDT, DIELDRIN, FISHES, GEOGRAPHIC AREAS, HARBORS, LAKES, LEVELING, MAJORITIES, PRODUCTION, QUALITY, RANKING, RESERVOIRS, RIVERS, UNITED STATES, WATER, WATER QUALITY, SYMPOSIA.

Subject Categories : Geography
      Toxicology
      Water Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE