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US EPA Chief, Mexico Environment Minister to Sign Agreement Addressing Border Region Environmental Concerns

Release Date: 08/06/2012
Contact Information: Nahal Mogharabi, mogharabi.nahal@epa.gov

LOS ANGELES— On Wednesday, August 8th, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will join 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. The eight-year program, developed bi-nationally, will work to address high priority environmental and public health problems in the border region.

The new Border 2020 program will work towards the significant improvements in reducing air pollution, working to improve children’s health and improving access to clean and safe water. As the home to over 14 million people and one of the busiest cross-border trade regions in the world, protecting human health and the environment in the Border Region is essential to ensuring that the U.S. continues to be safe, healthy and economically productive.

WHO: U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson

              Mexico Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada
              Governor of Baja California Jose G. Osuna Millan
              U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Earl Anthony Wayne
              Mayor of Tijuana Carlos Bustamante
              EPA Regional Administrator, Region 9, Jared Blumenfeld

WHEN: Wednesday, August 8, 2012

WHAT: 9:00 a.m. PST Border 2020 Event Begins
11:10 a.m. PST Border 2020 Agreement Signing
11:30 a.m. PST Press Conference

WHERE: Camino Real Hotel
          Paseo de los Heroes 10305, Zona Rio, Tijuana, B.C. 22320


RSVP REQUIRED: *** Credentialed press who would like to attend should e-mail mogharabi.nahal@epa.gov ASAP to RSVP and receive essential location and access information. The press conference will directly follow the Border 2020 Signing Conference and Ceremony. Please include your name, media affiliation, and contact information in your request.

Lisa P. Jackson: http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/administrator.html