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US-Mexico Environmental Program: Border 2012
EPA.GOV ^ | 2 JUNE 2006 | Environmental Protection Agency

Posted on 06/02/2006 12:19:31 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist


As a result of the partnership among federal, state and local, governments in the United States and Mexico, and with U.S. border tribes, the mission of the Border 2012 program is:

To protect the environment and public health in the U.S.-Mexico border region, consistent with the principles of sustainable development.

(In this program, sustainable development is defined as “conservation-oriented social and economic development that emphasizes the protection and sustainable use of resources, while addressing both current and future needs and present and future impacts of human actions.”)


The following Guiding Principles are designed to support the mission statement, ensure consistency among all aspects of Border 2012, and continue successful elements of previous border programs.

* Reduce the highest public health risks, and preserve and restore the natural environment.

* Adopt a bottom-up approach for setting priorities and making decisions through partnerships with state, local and U.S. tribal governments.

* Address disproportionate environmental impacts in border communities.

* Improve stakeholder participation and ensure broad-based representation from the environmental, public health, and other relevant sectors.

* Foster transparency, public participation, and open dialogue through provision of accessible, accurate, and timely information.

* Strengthen capacity of local community residents and other stakeholders to manage environmental and environmentally-related public health issues.

* Achieve concrete, measurable results while maintaining a long-term vision.

* Measure program progress through development of environmental and public health-based indicators.

* The United States recognizes that U.S. tribes are separate sovereign governments, and that equity issues impacting tribal governments must be addressed in the United States on a government-to-government basis.

* Mexico recognizes the historical debt it has with its indigenous peoples. Therefore, appropriate measures will be considered to address their specific concerns, as well as to protect and preserve their cultural integrity within the broader environmental purposes of this program.

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1 posted on 06/02/2006 12:19:33 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Yes... Half of these goals could be solved by closing the border to illegal aliens, so the EPA's plan must be o build a wall, right?

The other half seem to be fairly wishy-washy poitical halfspeak; in other words, nothing will come of it.

2 posted on 06/02/2006 12:22:37 PM PDT by snowrip (Liberal? YOU HAVE NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT. Actually, you lack even a legitimate excuse.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Apparently it is a complete waste of time and money.

All one has to do is take a walk in our state and national parks within 10 miles or so of our southern border to see why.

You'll be swimming in a sea of garbage, feces, diapers, needles, rucksacks, clothes, toilet paper, empty water containers and other trash so awful your head will spin.

These areas can easily be mistaken for a big city landfill.
3 posted on 06/02/2006 12:25:58 PM PDT by taxed2death (A few billion here, a few trillion there...we're all friends right?)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

There isn't going to be a border by 2012.

4 posted on 06/02/2006 12:41:19 PM PDT by skip_intro
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