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Under the memorandum, the EPA will continue to collaborate with China's Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) on the prevention and management of air pollution, water pollution, pollution from persistent organic pollutants and other toxics, hazardous and solid waste, and the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental law.
"The United States and China have enjoyed a strong relationship and achieved significant progress in our nearly 30-year partnership on environmental protection. As we celebrate our shared successes, this is a good time for us to also evaluate our collaboration, identify emerging priorities, and sharpen our focus on building a prosperous and healthy future," said Jackson. "The global environmental community has learned much in the last 30 years, and MEP has many accomplishments worth recognizing. I look forward to enhancing our collaboration and am proud to renew this historic connection today."
The memorandum, which was a renewal of a memo that expired in 2008, also provides opportunities distinct from existing agreements on science and technology cooperation, and establishes a joint committee that is co-chaired by the EPA administrator and China's environmental protection minister. The joint committee meets every two years, and the next meeting will be hosted by Jackson in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 16-17, 2010. At the meeting, MEP and EPA officials will review progress made during the last two years and approve work plans for the next two years.
SOURCE: EPA press releases on Jackson's China trip