EPA’s International Priorities
The Environmental Protection Agency has a long history of international collaboration on a wide range of global environmental issues. In recent years, EPA’s bilateral and multilateral partnerships have taken on new significance in the face of shared environmental and governance challenges, such as global climate change and improving children’s environmental health outcomes.
It is our vision that environmental progress in cooperation with global partners can catalyze even greater progress toward protecting our domestic environment including adapting to climate change, ensuring national security, facilitating commerce, promoting sustainable development, and engaging diplomatically around the world. To advance all of these goals, EPA has identified the following six international priorities.
For EPA, “cleaning up e-waste” is a global priority with an aim to reduce harm from US exports of e-waste and to improve the safe handling of used electronics in developing countries. The National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship includes goals and actions, both domestic and international, that EPA and the rest of the Federal government will undertake to improve electronics stewardship, thereby reducing negative effects of the growing stream of e-waste.
While accurate data on the amount of e-waste being exported from the US are not available, EPA is concerned about mismanagement abroad causing serious public health and environment impacts. EPA will work with international partners to address the issues of e-waste, and will focus on ways to improve the design, production, handling, reuse, recycling, exporting and disposal of electronics.
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