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Whitman, Canadian and Mexican Environmental Ministers to Announce Actions to Protect North American's Environment

Release Date: 06/19/2003
Contact Information:

CONTACT: Luke C. Hester 202-564-7818
Dave Deegan 202-564-7839

(06/19/03) EPA Administrator Christie Whitman will participate in two news conferences next week to announce actions to be taken to improve the environment throughout North America, one at the Canadian Embassy, the other at the conclusion of a conference which Whitman will host.

On Monday, June 23, Administrator Whitman and the Environmental Minister for Canada, David Anderson, will announce plans to increase bilateral cooperation to reduce cross-border air pollution. Three major pilot projects will provide greater opportunities for coordinated air quality management between both countries, with particular significance for border areas near the Pacific coast and around the Great Lakes. The announcement will take place at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, June 24-25, Administrator Whitman will host a conference addressing environmental concerns of Canada, Mexico and the United States. The conference is sponsored by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation(CEC). On June 25, at the conclusion of the conference, the ministers will hold a news conference at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

U.S./Canada border air quality strategy

WHO: Christie Whitman, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
David Anderson, Environmental Minister for Canada

WHAT: Press conference on new projects under the Border Air Quality Strategy

WHEN: Monday, June 23 at 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Embassy of Canada, 501 Pennsylvania Ave. (METRO Judiciary Sq. exit)

NOTE: Press credentials are mandatory for attendees; for further information,
contact the Canadian Embassy at 202-682-7732
Journalists wishing to listen in or participate by telephone
must dial by 1:45 ET to 1-888-265-0464
Satellite linkup available - Anik E2R, Ku-Band, Transpounder 10
Downlink frequency: 11900 Horizontal
Uplink frequency: 14200 Vertical
Telesat: 200430

For further details on these linkups and for computer webcast info, contact
Erica Fensom, Canadian Embassy 202-682-7716
-or- Paul Giroux, Environment Canada 819-953-4016
For technical advice on June 23, contact David Gollob 202-682-7732

Additional background information on the U.S./Canada Air Quality Agreement (1992) and the Canada-United States Air Quality Agreement (1991) are available at

CEC Meeting of Canadian, Mexican, U.S. Ministers to address North American issues

WHO: Christie Whitman, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
David Anderson, Environmental Minister for Canada
Victor Lichtinger, Mexico’s Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources

WHAT: Press conference regarding resolutions reached during conference

WHEN: Wednesday, June 25 at 1 p.m.

WHERE: State room, Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
(METRO exit at Farragut Square North)

Teleconference arrangements will allow for outside participation by media:

      for participation in English, call 202-275-0166 and use access code 0845#
for participation in Spanish, call 202-275-0170 and use access code 8940#
Operators will be standing by.

For further information about press credentials and teleconference, contact
Spencer Tripp at the CEC - 514-773-6237

Additional information on the CEC programs and/or the CEC conference are available at: