US EPA chief and Mexico environment minister to sign agreement addressing border region environmental concerns

According to the EPA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will meet with Mexico Environment Minister Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, Governor of Baja California José Guadalupe Osuna Millán , Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante and other federal, state, and tribal officials in Tijuana to sign the Border 2020: U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program final framework agreement. This eight-year program was developed bi-nationally, and “will work to address high priority environmental and public health problems in the border region.”

Among the improvements outlined in the new Border 2020 program are reductions in air pollution and the advancement of children’s health and access to clean water. Border 2020 is a continuation of Border 2012, and seeks to focus on the health of over 14 million people who live in “one of the busiest cross-border trade regions in the world.”

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