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The International Joint Commission seeks your views on the progress report under the Canada-United States Air Quality Agreement, which was put in place by the two countries in 1991 as an instrument to address shared concerns regarding transboundary air pollution.

Article VIII of the Agreement provides for a bilateral Air Quality Committee to, among other things, prepare biennial progress reports. Article IX charges the International Joint Commission with responsibility for gathering public comments about each progress report, submitting to the governments a synthesis and a record of the views expressed, and releasing that synthesis to the public at large.

The 2006 Progress Report was released in November and is the eighth prepared by the Air Quality Committee. It highlights actions undertaken by Canada and the United States over the past two years to address transboundary air pollution within the context of the Agreement – namely, acid rain and ground-level ozone.

This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of the Air Quality Agreement. Accordingly, the 2006 Progress Report includes the third five-year comprehensive review of the Agreement and also responds to several issues deferred from previous reviews in 1996 and 2002.

As the 2006 Progress Report states, the comments gathered by the Commission will assist the Air Quality Committee in implementing the Agreement and preparing the next report in 2008. It also notes that the five-year comprehensive review addresses public comments on the 2004 Progress Report submitted by the Commission.

A copy of the Progress Report is enclosed. It is also available online at one of two web sites:

Environment Canada:
http://www.ec.gc.ca/cleanair-airpur/Pollution_Issues/Transboundary_Air/Canada_-United_States_Air_Quality_Agreement-WS83930AC3-1_En.htm

United States Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov/airmarkets/usca/2006report.pdf

Your comments on the Progress Report would be appreciated. Please send them to one of the following addresses by February 28, 2007.

Elizabeth Bourget
Secretary, United States Section
International Joint Commission
1250 23rd Street, NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20440
Fax: 202-467-0746
Email: Commission@washington.ijc.org
Murray Clamen
Secretary, Canadian Section
International Joint Commission
234 Laurier Avenue West, 22nd Floor
Ottawa, ON  K1P 6K6
Fax: 613-993-5583
Email: Commission@ottawa.ijc.org

 

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