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The Arctic Council Exit EPA disclaimerpromotes cooperation among Arctic nations on sustainable development and environmental protection. Established by the Ottawa Declaration in 1996, the Arctic Council is a high-level intergovernmental forum composed of eight nations with territory in the Arctic.

EPA leads U.S. government participation in the Arctic Contaminants Action Programme (ACAP) Working Group Exit EPA disclaimer, which seeks to reduce emissions of pollutants into the environment.

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Senior Advisor for International Organizations Hodayah Finman (seated, center) represented the United States at the Arctic Council in June 2011, and joined colleagues from other PSI contributors Finland, NEFCO, Norway, Sámi Parliament, Sweden, and the Russian Federation.


On June 11, 2012, the U.S. EPA joined the Arctic Council’s Project Support Instrument (PSI), Exit EPA disclaimer a new financial instrument designed to attract resources and partners to Arctic Council-approved projects that reduce harmful contamination in this sensitive ecosystem. To help operationalize the PSI, U.S. EPA has provided $1 million for use in project(s) that will reduce black carbon emissions from diesel sources in Russia.

Consistent with ACAP’s ongoing work, other areas of planned PSI activity include projects to abate or eliminate the release of hazardous substances such as persistent organic pollutants and mercury and action on short-lived climate-forcing pollutants in addition to black carbon. The PSI is open to contributions from the eight Arctic Council member countries, observers, and other interested parties alike. The PSI is administered by the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) Exit EPA disclaimer and pledges currently stand at U.S. $19.6 million.

ACAP representatives will further discuss the PSI and upcoming projects at a Working Group meeting September 13-14, 2012.


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For additional information on EPA's work with the Arctic Council, contact:

Hodayah Finman
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2670R)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
E-mail: finman.hodayah@epa.gov
(202) 564-6600

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