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US - Mexican Border Compliance Assistance Center

Release Date: 12/4/2002
Contact Information: For more information contact the Office of External Affairs at (214) 665-2200.

      John Peter Suarez, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, will provide an online demonstration of the upcoming U.S.-Mexican Border Compliance Assistance Center, Dec. 4, 2002, at the National Compliance Assistance Forum in San Antonio, Texas.  

      The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), in partnership with EPA and the states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, is developing the U.S.-Mexican Border Compliance Assistance Center to initially help individuals involved in importing hazardous waste into the United States from Mexico.  

      The Border Compliance Assistance Center, scheduled for launch in Spring 2003, will complement 10 Compliance Assistance Centers that EPA supports in partnership with industry, academic institutions, environmental groups and other federal and state agencies.  The Compliance Assistance Centers provide comprehensive, easy-to-understand compliance information targeted specifically to industry sectors.
      The Border Center will provide a one-stop location for compliance assistance tools, such as checklists, guides, and fact sheets that explain federal environmental requirements that apply to transporters, importers, exporters, generators, and warehouse-storage facilities involved in sending hazardous waste between Mexico and the United States.

      The Border Center can be accessed on the Internet at