EP A is seeking comments from interested parties and stakeholders on the draft program titled “Border 2020: U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program,” which is the result of an eight-year (2013-2020) bi-national effort designed to protect the environment and public health in the U.S.-Mexico border region, consistent with the “principles of sustainable development,” according to the introduction.

The draft program has identified six long-term strategic goals to address the serious environmental and environmentally related public health challenges in the border region: (i) reduce conventional air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions, (ii) improve water quality and water infrastructure sustainability and reduce exposure to contaminated water, (iii) develop waste management planning programs and the capacity to clean up contaminated sites, (iv) improve environmental and public health through chemical safety, (v) enhance joint preparedness for environmental response, and (vi) develop compliance assurance and enforcement programs that are effective in addressing transboundary issues. EP A requests comments on the draft program by November 30, 2011.