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New U.S.-Mexico Border Environmental Program: Border 2012. For decades, the United States and Mexico have collaborated on efforts to protect the environment and health of border communities. The most recent binational effort was the Border XXI Program , which was initiated in 1996 with a five-year plan for addressing the most challenging environmental and human health problems in the region. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (Mexico's Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources), Secretaría de Salud (Mexico's Secretariat of Health), the U.S. border Tribes, and the environmental agencies from each of the ten U.S.-Mexico border states have developed a new binational border program. The proposed Border 2012 Program is the latest multi-year, binational planning effort to be implemented under the La Paz Agreement and succeeds Border XXI which ended in 2002.

Haztraks. The U.S. EPA and the Mexican Environmental Ministry jointly created Haztraks to track the movement of hazardous waste between the U.S. and Mexico. Users can access hazardous data (1997), including quantity of waste imported through various border cities.

U.S. EPA. EPA home page. Espanol

The following links are to the Mexican government departments involved in the regulation of hazardous waste export, return, and transportation.

Customs Service of Mexico

Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources

Federal Regulatory Improvement Commission (COFEMER)

Ministry of Trade and Industrial Development

Ministry of Foreign Relations

Ministry of Communications and Transportation


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