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EPA Administrator Joins Representatives from 13 Countries in Methane to Markets Partnership

Release Date: 11/15/2004
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News for Release: Monday, November 15, 2004

Contact: Cynthia Bergman 202-564-9828 /

(Washington, D.C. – November 15, 2004) On Tuesday, Nov. 16, EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt will join representatives from 13 other countries in signing an agreement creating the Methane to Markets Partnership. This initiative will advance international cooperation in the recovery and use of methane as a valuable clean energy source while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The administrator announced in July the formation of the partnership with six countries. Since then, six additional countries – including Russia and China – have agreed to join the pact. Countries participating in the partnership are expected to undertake activities designed to capture and use methane from landfills, coal mines and oil and gas systems.

WHO: EPA Administrator Leavitt, James Connaughton, chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality, representatives from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Columbia, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, Ukraine and United Kingdom.

WHAT: Signing address by EPA Administrator Leavitt; background briefing by CEQ Chairman Connaughton; signing ceremony and photo opportunity.

WHEN & WHERE: Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. Press briefing by CEQ Chairman Connaughton in Senate Room, 1st floor, Mayflower Hotel. 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Tuesday, Nov. 16, 3:30 to 4 p.m. EPA Administrator Leavitt gives
signing address. Signing ceremony and photo opportunity take place
in Grand Ballroom, 1st floor, Mayflower Hotel.

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