June 26th, 2003
International Joint Commission Releases Its Synthesis of Comments on
Canada-US Government’s Air Quality Progress Report
Click here for the Full Report in PDF format.
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.
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:
- to invite comments, including through public hearings as appropriate, on each
progress report prepared by the Air Quality Committee pursuant to Article VIII;
- 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
- to release the synthesis of views to the public after its submission to the
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/progsregs/usca/docs/airus02.pdf
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