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An environmental program between the United States and Mexico was signed into agreement between representatives of both nations in Tijuana today, August 8th. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website, the U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program (Border 2012) will focus on cleaning the air, providing safe drinking water, reducing the risk of exposure to hazardous waste, and ensuring emergency preparedness along the U.S. and Mexico border.

According to the EPA, representatives from all 10 states on each side of the border, plus leaders from indigenous tribes, took part in forming the program.

One of the local focal points will be reducing pollution in the Tijuana River. Besides trash accumulation, raw sewage has over flown into the river for several decades from the Mexican side.

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