IAS: Biannual Meetings Review of Major New Source Initiatives US-Canada Air Quality Assessment, Notification, and Mitigation Requirements Memorandum of Understanding between the Washington State Department of Ecology and the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (MOU). Commitment on TEIA under NAAEC (North American Agreement on Envtl. Coop.) Other places: Europe, LRTAP: EIA is not in the agreement; obligation is in other conventions. US/Mexico: –EIA for US federally funded projects (BECC); negotiated between border governors/Mexican states –Emergency cooperation for hazards
2. Harmonize standards to avoid economic competition over pollution regulation ( “race to the bottom”)
IAS Marine Vessel and Port Emission Reduction Initiative Climate Change Initiative ( ?) Other Places EU SECAs (North Sea, Baltic Sea) US/Mexico: 1983 La Paz Agreement (hazardous wastes produced by maquiladores must be shipped back to originating country); Border 2012
3. Maintain and expand emissions inventories and monitoring networks; make the data publicly available.
IAS –Characterization of the GB-PS Airshed –Marine Vessel and Ports: GB-PS emissions inventory; regional air quality monitoring –Agriculture: Emissions inventory –Airwatch Northwest (www.airwatchnorthwest.or g)www.airwatchnorthwest.or g Other Places –Europe: Protocol to the LRTAP Convention on the Financing of the Co- operative Programme for Monitoring and Evaluation –US-Mexico: Technology Transfer Network, U.S.- Mexico Border Information Center on Air Pollution (CICA): Border Air Quality Data http://www.epa.gov/ttnc atc1/cica/airq_e.html
4.Share information and best management practices
IAS The Coordinated Transboundary Science and Data Initiative “Analysis of Best Management Practices and Emission Inventory for Agriculture Sources in the Lower Fraser Valley” Clean Vehicles and Fuels: Shared information on best management practices to reduce emissions from on-road vehicles Woodstoves: Shared information on woodstove change-out programs Other Places US-Mexico: –Technology Transfer Network: U.S.-Mexico Border Information Center on Air Pollution (CICA), “Technical Resources,” http://www.epa.gov/ttncatc1/cica /atech_e.html http://www.epa.gov/ttncatc1/cica /atech_e.html – LinkedIn Group (EPA Pacific Southwest) Aarhus Clearinghouse for Environmental Democracy, http://aarhusclearinghouse.unece.o rg/index.cfm http://aarhusclearinghouse.unece.o rg/index.cfm Possible model: Re:Nepa, “the Federal Highway Administration's online community of practice.” http://nepa.fhwa.dot.gov/ReNEPA /ReNepa.nsf/home?openform http://nepa.fhwa.dot.gov/ReNEPA /ReNepa.nsf/home?openform
Address environmental justice concerns and hot spots.
IAS “Transboundary air pollution and environmental justice: Vancouver and Seattle compared” (2009), funded by the BC Centre for Disease Control, via an agreement with Health Canada as part of the U.S.–Canada Border Air Quality Strategy. “The tools developed in the Border Air Quality Study enable air quality managers to identify pollution ‘hot spots’, and to identify where higher levels of pollution coincide with at-risk populations.” (Summary Report from the BAQS, March 2008) Other Places California Air Resources Board, Envtl. Justice Resource Guide (not transboundary) EPA, EJSEAT, http://www.epa.gov/complia nce/resources/policies/ej/ej -seat.html http://www.epa.gov/complia nce/resources/policies/ej/ej -seat.html U.S. –Mexico border: Cleanup of Metales y Derivados, (abandoned, U.S.-owned lead recycling maquiladora factory in Tijuana, Mexico; CEC citizen submission)