March 20, 1999

[Asahi Newspaper]

The government today revealed a basic anti-dioxin plan aimed at reducing total emissions of the cancer-causing substance by 90 percent from 1997 levels by the end of 2002.

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[Japan Times]

Cabinet group targets 90% cut in dioxin emissions. A Cabinet panel approved a policy proposal Friday to curb dioxin emissions by around 90 percent in four years and set tolerable levels of the substance in the air, as well as look into water and soil standards, the Environment Agency said.

The proposed outline calls for revising guidelines on the tolerable daily intake of dioxin by humans within three months. The new TDI will be used to calculate and establish dioxin limits for air, and the government will consider setting standards for water and soil.

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