July 16, 2002
IJC Releases Report Card on
Transboundary Air Quality
The Chairs of the Canadian and United States Sections of the International Joint
Commission, the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray and Hon. Dennis Schornack, today
released, on behalf of the Commission, a 2002
Report Card on transboundary air quality
prepared by the Commission's International Air Quality Advisory Board.
This Report Card is a follow up to the board's 1998 Special Report on
Transboundary Air Quality Issues between the United States and Canada, and
describes actions taken with respect to each recommendation in the 1998 report.
The International Joint Commission has a responsibility to bring air quality
along the border to the attention of governments. The 1998 Special Report on
Transboundary Air Quality Issues highlighted the major transboundary air quality
issues facing our two nations and made recommendations for needed actions. The
2002 Report Card is a companion piece to this report and provides an update on
what has been accomplished in the past four years. Although actions have been
taken on several of the issues, much remains to be done.
The International Joint Commission encourages the governments to fully utilize
potential of their 1991 Canada-U.S. Air Quality Agreement as a framework for
cross-border cooperation on air quality issues, to enhance cooperation, and to
develop a more integrated approach to addressing transboundary air quality
issues. In encouraging the governments, the 2002 Report Card maintains a
focus on specific transboundary air quality issues.
The 2002 Report Card and the 1998 Special Report are available on the
IJC’s web site at:
Click here for Report Card