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Breaking the Cycle: 2001-2002 PBT Program Accomplishments

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This document reviews the accomplishments which, in collaboration with its partners, the PBT Program had achieved in 2001-2002. The report contains the following information:

  • Breaking the Cycle: 2001-2002 PBT Program Accomplishments, Chapters 1 and 2 [PDF]  (1.4MB)
    Chapter 1: "Introduction"
    Chapter 2: "Strategies for Addressing PBTs." This chapter provides a synopsis of the PBT Program's priority activities, including its PBT Strategy and national action plans for priority pollutants.

  • Breaking the Cycle: 2001-2002 PBT Program Accomplishments, Chapters 3 and 4 [PDF]  (1.23MB)
    Chapter 3: "Achieving Pollution Reductions." This section highlights recent efforts of the PBT Program to coordinate and enhance EPA's mission of decreasing PBT contamination in the environment. Chapter 4: "Filling the PBT Data Gaps." In 2001-2002, EPA initiated or continued projects designed to discover key information about the sources of PBTs, their life cycle in the environment, as well as the levels of PBTs present in humans and wildlife. This research allows EPA and others to determine the most appropriate PBT-related policies and courses of action.

  • Breaking the Cycle: 2001-2002 PBT Program Accomplishments, Chapters 5 and 6 and Apendicies A and B [PDF]  (961KB)
    Chapter 5: "Collaborative Efforts on PBTs with Tribal Partners." Many tribes, especially those in Alaska and other parts of the Arctic, rely on subsistence diets that include much more fish than the average American eats. Some tribes are also particularly reliant on the consumption of animals that are high on the food chain. Subsistence hunters and fishermen are one of the highest risk groups for PBT exposure, thus fostering partnerships in tribal communities is particularly important.
    Chapter 6: "Collaborative Efforts on PBTs with International Partners." This chapter describes efforts of the United States and its international partners to reduce the global use and release of PBTs.
    Appendix A: "Resources." This section provides additional sources of information about many of the projects described in the body of the report.
    Appendix B: "Future Outlook." This section summarizes future activities planned by the PBT Program.


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