March 14, 2006
IJC Releases Synthesis of Public Comment on Progress under Canada-United States Air Quality Agreement
The International Joint Commission (IJC) today released a synthesis of public comments on progress under the United States-Canada Air Quality Agreement.
The synthesis conveys the views of organizations and individuals in Canada and the United States on the progress toward meeting the goals of the 1991 Agreement and its annexes. The majority of respondents were generally satisfied that significant progress has been made by both countries to reduce sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds in the eastern part of the continent. Many comments stated that more action is needed to monitor and reduce the human health impacts of air emissions; reduce the transboundary flow of ground-level ozone; and add specific objectives to the Agreement to address airborne particulate matter, mercury and other persistent toxic substances.
Under Article IX of the Agreement, the IJC invites comments on each Progress Report prepared by the governments' bilateral Air Quality Committee, submits a synthesis of views to the governments and releases the synthesis of views to the public. A full record of the public comment received by the IJC is available at www.ijc.org, or www.ijc.org/php/publications/pdf/ID1585.pdf
The current synthesis addresses public comment received on the 2004 Progress Report, prepared by Environment Canada and the Environmental Protection Agency. Both agencies have made the full text of the 2004 progress report available on their websites: http://www.ec.gc.ca/pdb/can_us/2004CanUs/intro_e.html
The International Joint Commission prevents and resolves disputes between the United States of America and Canada under the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty and pursues the common good of both countries as an independent and objective advisor to the two governments.