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Grayson_Lynn_COLORBy E. Lynn Grayson


Meeting in Guanajuato, Mexico this week, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation agreed upon its environmental priorities for North America including:

  1. Building Strong Environmental Institutions and Legal Structures
  2. Combating Climate Change by Limiting Pollutants
  3. Improving Air Quality
  4. Expanding Access to Clean Water
  5. Reducing Exposure to Toxic Chemicals
  6. Cleaning Up E-Waste

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson addressed this group of environmental leaders from the U.S., Canada and Mexico noting that these international priorities echo those she announced earlier this year for EPA. EPA's aim is to promote citizen engagement, improve public health and increase government accountability on environmental enforcement. The Commission's focus is to foster conservation, protection and enhancement of the North America environment in the context of increasing economic, trade and social links among Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

Founded in 1994, the Commission was created by the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation under the North America Free Trade Agreement. The Commission acts to mitigate the impacts of cross-border commerce on the environment.

More information about the Commission and its work can be found at http://www.cec.org/.