Saturday, October 29, 2005
A Little More U.S. Sovereignty Disappears
24 October 2005
U.S., Mexico Announce Air Quality Environmental Successes
Work helps meet environment agenda set by United States, Canada, Mexico
Representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Mexico's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), met October 19 in Mexico to announce policy changes that will improve air quality for 12 million residents along the U.S.-Mexico border.
U.S. EPA Regional Administrator Wayne Nastri joined Secretary Jose Luis Luege Tamargo of SEMARNAT in announcing Mexico's plan to reduce aggressively sulfur levels in gasoline and diesel fuel beginning in 2006.
Mexico also is exploring accelerated introduction of these cleaner, reduced-sulfur fuels in key areas of the country, including along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The announcement is the most important achievement to date in meeting the environmental agenda developed under the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) of North America, signed in March by President Bush, President Vicente Fox of Mexico and Prime Minister Paul Martin of Canada. (See related article.)
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