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EPA works with our Mexican neighbors on the U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program, a collaboration between the United States and Mexico to improve the environment and protect the health of the nearly 12 million people living along the border. The bi-national program focuses on cleaning the air, providing safe drinking water, reducing the risk of exposure to hazardous waste, and ensuring emergency preparedness along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Border 2012 program closed this year after successfully meeting and exceeding program goals and objectives. Along the border, more than 12 million scrap tires were removed and properly disposed of, more than 54,000 homes were connected to safe-drinking water system, and more than 540,000 homes were connected to wastewater systems.

2012 National Coordinators Meeting
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Annual National Coordinator Meeting: US Ambasador to Mexico Earl Anthony Wayne (L), SEMARNAT Secretary Juan Elvira Quesada, and EPA Administrator Jackson (R).

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Mexican Secretary for the Environment Juan Elvira Quesada met in Tijuana on August 8, 2012 to sign the Border 2020 framework agreement for continued environmental cooperation along the U.S- Mexico border. They were joined by U.S. and Mexican officials attending the annual National Coordinator Meeting (PDF).

The Border 2020 Program is the latest environmental initiative implemented under the 1983 La Paz Agreement. Building on the Border 2012 Environmental Program, it emphasizes regional, bottom-up approaches for decision making, priority setting, and project implementation to address the environmental and public health problems in the border region.

Border 2020 will seek to reduce pollution in water, air, and on land, reduce exposure to chemicals from accidental releases or terrorism, and improve environmental stewardship. Learn more about Border 2020 Goals and Objectives.

Read the press release

Border 2020 will build on the success of Border 2012 by maintaining the bottom-up approach to program design, and by committing to strategic priorities to achieve an ambitious set of Goals and Objectives.

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Additional Resources About Environment and the Mexico-U.S. Border:

  • Border Eco Web. Exit EPA disclaimerThis site is designed to facilitate public-access to environmental information about the Mexico-U.S. border region. Information is available in both Spanish and English.
  • International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC). Exit EPA disclaimerThe U.S. and Mexico have cooperated on their shared border environment for over a hundred years. Much of this cooperation took place under the auspices of the IBWC, a U.S.-Mexico international organization with a presence in both countries. The IBWC administers several large water cleanup projects, including those in Tijuana and Nuevo Laredo.
  • Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC). Exit EPA disclaimerBECC identifies, develops, and certifies environmental infrastructure projects in the the U.S.-Mexico border area.
  • North American Development Bank (NADBank) Exit EPA disclaimer. NADBank participates in the financing of BECC-certified projects.
  • SEMARNAT Exit EPA disclaimerMexico's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. SEMARNAT is EPA's federal counterpart in the U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program.

For additional information about EPA's programs with Mexico, contact:

Lisa Almodovar
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2650R)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
Email: almodovar.lisa@epa.gov


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