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California-Baja California Pollution Prevention Project

Project Description

As part of Cal/EPA’s multi-media Border Environmental Program, DTSC is way out ahead – into the future that is. DTSC’s focus is on protecting the future by preventing pollution now.

The CalEPA California Border Environmental Program mission is to work towards a better environment in the area of the shared California and Baja California border. Getting there entails using science and technology, uniformly enforcing environmental laws and regulations, and collaborating closely with Indian Tribal Nations, academia, industry, nongovernmental organizations, and the public.

Ultimately, DTSC’s project scope is to raise pollution prevention awareness and garner support for the goals of the U.S.-Mexico Border 2012 Plan. Recognizing that it cannot deliver important pollution prevention information and assistance to everyone directly, DTSC makes those resources available to Mexican local, state, and federal government officials, industry and trade associations as a well as academia.

Initially, DTSC is giving training and organizing workshops on several pollution prevention topics. DTSC has offered those sessions directly to Mexican representatives by putting them on in San Diego, Tijuana, Rosarito, Tecate, Mexicali, and Ensenada.

In addition, DTSC kicked-off a Bi-National (California/Baja California) pollution prevention roundtable, Las Californias in December 2002, bringing together people from Mexican industry, academia, and government together. From that first meeting, held in Mexicali, DTSC continues to work with members of Las Californias, most recently on a joint Western Region Pollution Prevention Network’s conference session about pollution prevention activities in the California – Baja California region.