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U.S-Mexico Border Environmental Issues Addressed at Press Conference Tuesday


(Washington, D.C.-March 13, 2006) The Good Neighbor Environmental Board (GNEB), an independent advisory committee managed by EPA, will announce its latest U.S.-Mexico border report tomorrow at a Washington news conference. Among other issues, the report discusses the need to reduce damage to sacred and archaeological sites, burial grounds, important ecosystems and traditional lifestyles. The report also suggests the need for new funding to cope with the congestion at border crossings that’s causing harmful air pollution.

The GNEB advises the president and congress on environmental conditions in the U.S.-Mexico border region. Tomorrow’s report is the latest in a series of studies on how to effectively maintain strong environmental protection measures along the nearly 2,000-mile border. The web site address is:

WHAT: Launch of new bilingual report on U.S.-Mexico border environmental challenges -- “U.S.-Mexico Border Environment: Air Quality and Transportation & Cultural and Natural Resources: Ninth Report of the Good Neighbor Environmental Board to the President and Congress” Following the news conference, the media is welcome to attend a day-long public meeting where outside experts will critique the report. EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson will attend the meeting and give remarks on the report.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 14, 2006 , 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. EST

WHERE: Doubletree Hotel State Room (1st floor)
1515 Rhode Island Ave. N.W.
Washington , D.C. Tel: (202) 232-7000

METRO: From Dupont Circle Metro: Walk 3 blocks south on Massachusetts Ave. to Rhode Island Ave.
From McPherson Square Metro: Walk 4 blocks north on 15th St. to Rhode Island Ave.

WHO: Paul Ganster, Chair, Good Neighbor Environmental Board
(Mr. Ganster will be available for interviews after the news conference)


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