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PBT Resources

Note: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.

This page is a clearinghouse of direct links to Web sites that contain useful resources on a variety of PBT topics.

Related EPA Programs

EPA's Mercury Site
This mercury site provides a broad range of information: actions by EPA and others, including international actions; effects on people and the environment; and how to protect you and your family.

Great Lakes National Program Office

US EPA's Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) brings together Federal, state, tribal, local, and industry partners in an integrated, ecosystem approach to protect, maintain, and restore the chemical, biological, and physical integrity of the Great Lakes.

The Virtual Elimination Strategy
One of US EPA's approaches for addressing PBTs in the environment refers to programs designed to "virtually eliminate" selected pollutants; in other words, to prevent any new releases into the environment from all pathways (land, air, and water) and to eliminate the use of these target compounds wherever possible to  minimize future release.

Great Lakes Binational Strategy
In keeping with the obligations of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, Canada and the United States on April 7, 1997, signed the "Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy: Canada-United States Strategy for the Virtual Elimination of Persistent Toxic Substances in the Great Lakes". This Strategy seeks percentage reductions in targeted persistent toxic substances so as to protect and ensure the health and integrity of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Binational Toxics Strategy Mercury Workgroup
The Binational Toxics Strategy Mercury Workgroup web site contains information about the workgroup (reports, meetings, partners, funding opportunities), about the impact of mercury on human health and the environment,  the behavior of mercury in the environment, and, about reducing mercury, whether through regulation or through sector-specific voluntary activites

Toxic Release Inventory
The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), published by the US EPA, is a valuable source of information about toxic chemicals that are being used, manufactured, treated, transported, or released into the environment. Using this information, citizens, businesses, and governments can work together to protect the quality of their land, air, and water.

Waste Minimization National Plan
To encourage waste minimization nationwide, the US EPA developed a Waste Minimization National Plan. This initiative promotes a long-term national effort to minimize the generation of hazardous chemicals in waste regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

National Listing of Fish Consumption Advisories
In order to make the public aware of fish consumption advisories, the US EPA has set up this site to act as a data base for advisories as well as other resources including manuals on fish surveys and whether to eat fish or not.

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Hospitals for a Healthy Environment Exit Disclaimer is a private-public partnership sponsored by the American Hospital Association (AHA), American Nurses Association, Health Care Without Harm, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The goal of the program is to eliminate mercury from the health care waste stream by 2005 and reduce  the total volume of all types of waste generated in hospitals and health systems by one third by 2005 and by half by 2010.

For more information on this program as well as other efforts to reduce the environmental impact of Hospitals.

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Meetings/Technical Symposia

Conference explores opportunities for "Breaking The Mercury Cycle"
A conference was jointly sponsored by EPA's Office of Research and Development and the Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA) on April 24-26, 2002 that explored the technical alternatives for long-term mercury management and retirement. Papers and other documents associated with that meeting may be accessed at www.newmoa.org/Newmoa/htdocs/prevention/mercury/breakingcycle/toc.cfm Exit Disclaimer

PBT Monitoring Strategy Workshop

The PBT Program's Monitoring Workgroup is developing of a comprehensive Strategy for Routine Monitoring of PBTs. On April 22-24, 2002 EPA and several other organizations sponsored a very successful public Workshop in Raleigh North Carolina. The purpose of the Workshop was to explore with various governmental organizations and stakeholders how to build upon existing monitoring capacity and infrastructure in order to support mutual interests and needs for environmental data on PBTs. Presentations in PowerPoint made at the Workshop are available for downloading. You may also download a PowerPoint Viewer if needed. Warning: Some of these are extremely large files.

Day One Presentations (PowerPoint files)

  1. Setting the Context (Murray) [5.9 MB]
  2. PBT Strategy (Foley) [53 KB]
  3. Individual Program Manager Perspective (Hulting) [144 KB]
  4. CEC Perspective (McKay) [182 KB]
  5. NOAA Presentation (Artz) [5.8 MB]
  6. NOAA (Hameedi) [1.5 MB]
  7. USGS Perspective (Gerould) [8.4 MB]
  8. CDC Presentation (Needham) [4.8 MB]
  9. Alaska Deposition (Chin) [510 KB]

Day Two Presentations (PowerPoint files)

  1. PBT MS Process (Watkins) [52 KB]
  2. Monitoring Program Inventory (Watkins) [198 KB]
  3. Draft Questions and Objectives (Hopkins-Ackerman) [114 KB]
  4. Hg Conceptual Model (Hulting) [443 KB]
  5. Dioxin Conceptual Model (Winters) [5.1 MB]
  6. PCB Conceptual Model (Hulting) [637 KB]
  7. PBT Analyses (Watkins) [48 KB]
  8. Monitoring and Modeling Analysis (Bortnick) [3.4 MB]
  9. PBT Monitoring Strategy Outline (Hulting) [50 KB]
  10. BFR Presentation (Devito) [608 KB]
  11. Role of Modeling (Cohen) [16 MB]
  12. GIS Mapping (Hearn) [27 MB]

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State Programs

Mercury in Schools Exit Disclaimer
The University of Wisconsin's Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center (SHWEC), with a grant from the U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office, is implementing a Mercury in Schools Project to provide school and agency staff with the information and tools needed to reduce or eliminate mercury in schools.

Washington State's Department of Ecology's Initiative on Bioaccumulative Chemicals of Concern Exit Disclaimer
The Washington State's Department of Ecology has a very well rounded web site dealing with PBTs, including frequently asked questions, documents and other PBT links in the Washington State's Department of Ecology. They have also released for public comment their own PBT strategy which can be viewed at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/pubs/0003002.pdfExit Disclaimer

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PBT Contacts

If you have questions, comments, or ideas, please feel free to contact any of these people.

Tom Murray
(202) 564-8829
Sam Sasnett
(202) 564-8858
Kathy Davey
(202) 564-8832

In EPA Regions



Regional contact


Jeri Weiss (Mercury Issues)
(617) 918-1568

II NJ, NY, PR, VI Derval Thomas
(212) 637-4028
III DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV Marie Holman
(215) 814-5463
IV AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN Dan Ahern
(404) 562-9028
V IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI Dan Hopkins
(312) 886-5994
VI AR, LA, NM, OK, TX Ruben Casso
VII IA, KS, MO, NE John Helvig
(913) 551-7018

Gary Bertram
(913) 551-7533

VIII CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY Matt Langenfield
(303) 312-6284
IX AZ, CA, HI, NV, AS, GU John Katz
(415) 972-3283
X AK, ID, OR, WA Pat Springer
(206) 553-2858

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