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Recommendations Made to Improve the Environmental Health of Children Near the U.S.-Mexico Border

Release Date: 02/18/2004
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Bonnie Piper 202 564-7836 / piper.bonnie@epa.gov

02/18/2004 - A new report on children’s environmental health along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border will be released on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 8:30 a.m. in the Watergate Hotel at 2650 Virginia Ave., N.W., in Washington, D.C. The report, “Children's Environmental Health: Spotlight on the U.S.-Mexico Border,” is the seventh annual report of an independent Presidential advisory committee, managed by EPA, called the Good Neighbor Environmental Board. The report describes environmental conditions encountered by border-region children where they live, play, and go to school. The report discusses possible effects of poor air quality, water quality, toxic chemicals, and garbage on their environmental health and makes recommendations to the President and Congress on the role of education and also highlights some promising initiatives already under way. Multiple copies of this report will also be available at the Board's annual conference held that day in the same hotel. The Board will host its annual U.S.-Mexico Border Environmental Forecast session. The keynote speaker is James Connaughton, Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality. Panelists include Jerry Clifford, U.S. National Coordinator of the Border 2012 Program at EPA; Al Zapanta, President & CEO of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce; and William Snape, Vice-President for Law & Litigation at Defenders of Wildlife. There is no registration fee for this public meeting. For more information, go to the Board’s web site at: http://www.epa.gov/ocem .