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Media Release

Join us and be heard at our cross-border citizen forum

This event, to be webcast live, will address the transboundary movement of hazardous chemicals and citizen submissions on enforcement matters in North America.

Montreal, 3 November 2011—The Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) wants to hear from you.

Public information on hazardous wastes and potentially harmful chemicals that cross North America’s borders, and about their final destinations, is crucial to their management and to reduce their impacts on communities.

Next Monday, 7 November, experts, including Norman Bebon of the US Department of Homeland Security, César López of Mexico’s National Maquiladora and Export Industry Council, Marisa Jacott of the Common Borders (Fronteras Comunes) organization, and César Flores of Transquímica Binacional, will discuss how effectively North America is addressing the transboundary movement of hazardous chemicals and community-level concerns.

Also in this session representatives of Ecojustice (Canada), Mexico’s Environmental Law Center (Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental), and an attorney who worked with the Waterkeeper Alliance (United States), will provide their perspective on the CEC-managed process of Citizen Submissions on Enforcement Matters.

Don’t miss this opportunity. Register before Friday, 4 November and join the discussion at the Hilton Garden Inn El Paso. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited.

If you cannot join us in person, you can register to participate online via webcast, where you can listen in English, Spanish, or French and submit your questions and comments by e-mail, starting at 9:00 a.m. (MST) on 7 November.

Registration information, along with the agenda, are available at the CEC website.

For further information, contact Marcela Orozco, JPAC Liaison Officer, at jpac@cec.org.

Also follow us on Facebook and Twitter @CECweb.

About the CEC

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) was established in 1994 by the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States through the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, a parallel environmental agreement to NAFTA. As of 2020, the CEC is recognized and maintained by the Environmental Cooperation Agreement, in parallel with the new Free Trade Agreement of North America. The CEC brings together a wide range of stakeholders, including the general public, Indigenous people, youth, nongovernmental organizations, academia, and the business sector, to seek solutions to protect North America’s shared environment while supporting sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations

The CEC is governed and funded equally by the Government of Canada through Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Government of the United States of Mexico through the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, and the Government of the United States of America through the Environmental Protection Agency.

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