Montreal, 25 October 2011—Don’t miss the upcoming public forum organized by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) on 7 November in El Paso, Texas.
The one-day forum will be an opportunity to discuss the CEC’s citizen submission on enforcement matters (SEM) process and learn more about how North America is addressing the cross-border movement of chemicals.
A morning session will feature the perspectives of citizens who have filed submissions with the CEC alleging that a Party to the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC) has failed to effectively enforce its environmental laws. The SEM process was created by the Parties to the NAAEC—Canada, Mexico and the United States—through Articles 14 and 15 of the Agreement.
Representatives from Ecojustice (Canada) and the Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental (Mexico), along with an attorney formerly with Waterkeeper Alliance (US), will talk about their experiences with the Citizen Submission Process and participate in a discussion with JPAC members about its strengths and weaknesses.
In the afternoon, a panel discussion will address hazardous wastes and potentially harmful chemicals that are crossing North America’s borders and feature some of the work already being done, including the CEC’s Taking Stock Online cross-border transfers database and mapping tool and a new hazardous waste and recyclable materials tracking system developed by enforcement officials in the three countries as the result of a long-standing CEC cooperative project .
Join JPAC in person or online
Register before Friday, 4 November for this forum to be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in El Paso, Texas. Participation is free of charge. If you’re unable to attend the event in person, you can still register to participate online through our live webcast, where you’ll be able to follow in English, French or Spanish and submit questions and comments by e-mail. Find out more about this event at the public forum meeting page.
The Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC), composed of 15 citizens (five from each country), makes recommendations to the CEC Council on any matter within the scope of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC) and acts as a source of information for the CEC Secretariat.