I recently joined Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Mexico Environment Minister Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante and other officials for the Border 2020: U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program final framework agreement signing event.
I have been working with our border communities and U.S. and Mexican officials to decrease environmental impacts at the border for over 20 years. I'm glad both the U.S. and Mexico are now coming together to put a formal plan in place to reduce pollution over the next 8 years. Ending the excessive pollution at our border is vital to the health of children who live in our border communities. Neighborhoods on both sides of the border should not be burdened with polluted air and water.
The Border 2020 program is a bi-national effort to improve air pollution, children's health and increase access to clean water throughout our border region. It also provides environmental targets for the 10 states, 26 U.S. tribes and seven groups of Mexican indigenous people.