Report on Applicability of Voluntary, Beyond Compliance Programs to the Virtual Elimination Strategy


As part of its role of reviewing and evaluating progress under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, the IJC established the evaluation of significant sources, pathways, and reduction/elimination strategies of persistent toxic substances as one of its 1995-1997 program priorities. In response to this program priority, the Great Lakes Water Quality Board of the IJC commissioned this report to evaluate the potential role that voluntary, beyond compliance programs could play in the virtual elimination of persistent toxic substances from the Great Lakes ecosystem.