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CGLI Promotes …

Sustainable Development in the Great Lakes Region
CGLI promotes the economic growth and vitality of the region in harmony with its human and natural resources (sustainable development). CGLI works to ensure that industry is a substantive partner in the development of public policy in the Great Lakes region and encourages active industry participation in developing and implementing sustainable development policies and practices in the Great Lakes region.

Our Members are …

U.S. and Canadian Industry with significant Great Lakes assets
CGLI is a tax-exempt organization that represents the common interests of U.S. and Canadian industrial organizations from the manufacturing, utilities, transportation, communications, financial services and trade sectors. CGLI represents companies that have investments, facilities, products, or services in the Great Lakes region.

We focus on …

A Vision for the Great Lakes Region
CGLI envisions a Great Lakes regional business climate that is built on a foundation of sustainable development and is supported by public policies that promote sustainable ecosystems, attract and maintain a robust industrial base, enhance social systems and opportunities for the community, and provide for long-term economic stability.

Regional Body and Compact Council will review and revise water withdrawal and diversion procedures...

The Regional Body and Compact Council of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Resources Compact and Agreement will review and update the procedures they use to review applications for diversions of water from the Great Lakes. This is the first time the procedures have been formally revisited since the Compact and Agreement were adopted in 2008. By contrast to the interim procedures that the RB/CC established previously, the procedural review that the RB/CC now intends will be conducted under the rulemaking authorities in the Compact and Agreement.

Nuclear regulatory agencies recommend against including radionuclides as potential CMC...

Nuclear regulatory agencies in the U.S. and Canada recommend against evaluating radionuclides as potential Chemicals of Mutual Concern under Annex 3 of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Both the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission refute the conclusion that “…there is no level of radionuclides below which exposure can be defined as ‘safe;’ therefore, very low levels of exposure can be significant.” Both agencies state that this claim is incorrect and that it is very difficult to establish the risk of low doses over a lifetime because the risk “is not known with certainty and could be zero.” ECCC and U.S. EPA are considering these recommendations as they prepare to move forward towards reviewing a new set of substances for potential CMC listing later this year.

Introducing Todd Schmidt, CGLI’s Chemical Management Specialist...

Todd Schmidt of TRC Environmental Solutions, Inc. (TRC) has joined CGLI as Chemical Management Specialist. In that role, Todd will work with Dale Phenicie, CGLI’s Technical Director, on chemical management issues and the Chemical Management Work Group.

CIGLR offers opportunity for research partnerships...

A new research institute in the Great Lakes region (the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research, or CIGLR) is interested in partnering with industry and other partners and affiliates to develop a research agenda for the Great Lakes. CIGLR’s research priorities include a wide range of Great Lakes issues, including issues that impact the human dimension of the Great Lakes system.