International Joint Commission
    United States and Canada


June 26th, 2003 


International Joint Commission Releases Its Synthesis of Comments on

Canada-US Government’s Air Quality Progress Report

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The International Joint Commission submitted to the Canadian and U.S. Federal governments and is releasing to the public its synthesis of public comments on the two government’s 2002 Progress Report on activities under the Canada-United States Air Quality Agreement.


The synthesis of comments - which are not the opinions of the International Joint Commission  - and the actual comments received from the public, both organizations and individuals, are available on line at http://www.ijc.org/php/publications/html/airquality/comments.html.

Under Article IX of the International Air Quality Agreement, the  International Joint Commission is given, by a Reference pursuant to Article IX of the Boundary Waters Treaty, the following responsibilities for the sole purpose of assisting the Parties in the implementation of this Agreement:

    1. to invite comments, including through public hearings as appropriate, on each progress report prepared by the Air Quality Committee pursuant to Article VIII;
    2. to submit to the Parties a synthesis of the views presented pursuant to sub-paragraph (a), as well as the record of such views if either Party so requests; and
    3. to release the synthesis of views to the public after its submission to the Parties”.

Following release of the Progress Report in November 2002, the International Joint Commission invited public comments on the progress report, synthesized the views received, and is releasing this synthesis to the public after its submission to the two governments.


The 2002 Progress Report, published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Canada, is available online at: http://www.epa.gov/airmarkets/usca/airus02.pdf or http://www.ec.gc.ca/air/qual/2002/index_e.html The Agreement was signed by the two federal governments in 1991 as a cooperative commitment to address transboundary air quality issues.



For more information contact:


Frank Bevacqua, Washington, D.C. (202) 736-9024

Fabien Lengelle, Ottawa, ON (613) 995-0088