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GLIN==> IJC releases its Niagara River Status Assessment



The full text in English and French of this status assessment is available
on the Internet at www.ijc.org.


For Release:  June 20, 2002

Ninety percent reduction of hazardous waste inputs 
to the Niagara River achieved 

Remedial actions on numerous hazardous waste sites taken by New York State
and U.S. EPA have reduced potential inputs of certain hazardous pollutants
to the Niagara river by approximately 90 percent.  This is one of many
findings released today by the International Joint Commission (IJC) in its
assessment of federal, state and provincial governments' activities toward
restoration of the Niagara River.  This status assessment highlights several
notable successes, but also underlines some challenges that could hinder
future progress should they be left undressed under the current Remedial
Action Plan (RAP).

The status assessment evaluates ongoing remediation by the responsible
governments and is not an environmental audit of current conditions of the
Niagara River.  The Commission and its Science Advisory Board met with local
citizens, representatives of government agencies in both the U.S. and in
Canada, industries, local municipalities, nongovernmental organizations and
the media to collect information during the assessment. 

The IJC's key findings toward restoration of the river include:
*	considerable reductions in contaminant loadings achieved throughout
the region, including reduction of certain potential inputs to the river by
approximately 90 percent since 1989 from hazardous waste sites on the U.S.
side;
*	significant contributions made toward achieving the goals of the
Lake Ontario Lakewide Management Plan;
*	long-term, binational monitoring programs established and
maintained.

IJC status assessments examine and encourage progress toward restoration and
protection of beneficial uses in an area of concern by assessing program
implementation relative to necessary remedial and preventive actions, and by
making recommendations on specific activities that if taken could make
measurable progress in river restoration.  Some areas where the IJC believes
efforts can improve include better coordination of efforts by all
jurisdictions involved and enhanced public outreach efforts. The full text
of this status assessment is available on the Internet at www.ijc.org.

Contacts:		Jennifer Day		Windsor, Ontario
(519) 257-6733
			in the U.S. 		(313) 226-2170 ext. 6733
			Bruce Kirschner	Windsor, Ontario	(519)
257-6710
			in the U.S. 		(313) 226-2170 ext. 6710 

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