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U.S. EPA hosts border meetings on waste and tire disposal March 11-13/ Rio Rico, Arizona, meetings will also be offered online

Release Date: 03/11/2009
Contact Information: Francisco Arcaute (213) 244-1815, cell (213) 798-1404

(3/11/2009 -- LOS ANGELES) As part of its Border 2012 Program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host a series of meetings on tires and broad waste policy issues between the U.S. and Mexico, March 11 - 13 in Rio Rico, Ariz.

The EPA’s Border Policy Forum will focus on a variety of border waste topic including:

    Emerging market trends, and laws and regulations related to scrap tire management;
    Successful scrap tire program development;
    Collaborating on scrap tire projects;
    Electronic waste;
    Contaminated site cleanup;
    Electronic exchange of hazardous waste export and import data.

To attend, please visit:
You can also participate online via a webinar; please use:

Disease carrying pests, such as rodents, often inhabit tire piles. Mosquitoes, which breed in the stagnant water collected inside tires, can carry deadly diseases, including encephalitis, West Nile virus, dengue fever and malaria.

The EPA’s Border 2012 U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program works to protect the environment and public health for ten states on both sides of the 2,000-mile border, including 26 U.S. tribes and seven groups of Mexican indigenous people. Border 2012 seeks to reduce pollution in water, air, and on land, reduce exposure to chemicals from accidental releases or terrorism, and improve environmental stewardship.

For more information on the EPA’s Border 2012 Program, please visit:
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