Impacts and Challenges of Plastic Pollution Facing the Great Lakes Basin

The Toxics Free Great Lakes Binational Network in collaboration with the Canadian Environmental Law Association’s Healthy Great Lakes Program invite you to join a binational webinar on plastic pollution in the Great Lakes Basin.

Registration is required.

Date: Monday, March 1, 2021
Time: 1:00pm ET/12 noon CT
Length: 1 hr. 15 mins

Studies in the Great Lakes basin are showing an ever-increasing presence and impacts associated with plastic pollution. Solving this problem will require a binational response. Unfortunately, the U.S. and Canadian governments responsible for protecting the health of the Great Lakes Basin have not yet worked together to address this cross-basin problem. On the contrary, at the end of last year, the two federal governments took an action that is likely to make the risk greater.

On this webinar, you will learn about this new Canada-U.S. arrangement. You will also find out about a company proposal to take post-consumer plastic from Ontario and the eastern U.S. to a sorting facility in Erie, Pennsylvania. There it would be “flaked” and sorted, with a “proprietary blend” of this post-consumer plastic flake being shipped by barge across Lake Erie. In Nanticoke, Ontario this flaked, blended mixture of post-consumer plastics (#3-7) would be utilized in steel smelting processes. The new Canada-U.S. arrangement would facilitate this movement of plastic wastes across the border.

We will hear presentations from the following experts and advocates on these topics:

  • Sherri A. Mason, Ph.D., Sustainability Coordinator, Penn State Behrend, speaking on the extent and impacts of plastics on the Great Lakes.
  • Olga Speranskaya, Ph.D, Co-Director, Health and Environmental Justice Support & Fe de Leon, MPH, Researcher and Paralegal, Canadian Environmental Law Association, speaking on the recent Basel Convention Plastic Waste Amendments and the Canada-U.S. arrangement that sidetracks the goals of the Basel Convention Plastic Waste Amendments .
  • Sarah Bennett, Campaign Manager, Clean Water Advocacy, PennFuture, and Lynda Lukasic, Executive Director, Environment Hamilton, speaking on the Erie PA – Nanticoke ON proposal.

Who should participate: Concerned citizens, Indigenous peoples, health and environmental NGOs, labour organizations, students, academics, and scientists.

To register for the webinar, click here. When you register to the webinar, you will receive an immediate email response from CELA<> providing you the links to the webinar.

Contact: Fe de Leon, CELA at