In 1996, after more than ten years of reviewing and assisting in development of Remedial Action Plans (RAPs) and expressing concern with overall progress in development and implementation of cleanup and prevention strategies in some Areas of Concern (AOCs), the IJC adopted an initiative of status assessments to examine progress toward restoration of beneficial uses in individual AOCs in an attempt to enhance the restoration process.
Status assessments are intended to:
These status assessments are not comprehensive environmental audits, but assessments of ongoing efforts and activities of the responsible governments and organizations. Objectives of the status assessment process include collecting information on and transferring successful methods and experiences among different AOCs, and facilitating constructive interaction among various agencies and organizations that may have limited opportunity to exchange ideas.
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