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Voice: Out of context and incorrect coverage of air quality meeting

June 23, 2001

I would like to clarify a few points regarding the coverage in the paper by Mr. Aaron Claverie at the last binational air quality meeting in Mexicali. I gave no direct interview to Mr. Claverie and the comments or quotes made in the paper from me are out of context or incorrect.

I would like to state that neither I nor the group are opposed to the new power plants coming into Mexicali. The main concern is that appropriate oversight of these plants be maintained by both governments at the federal and state level. There are cities and areas in the state of California that are in dire need for additional energy sources, and therefore, it is understandable the preoccupation of Gov. Davis and the development of new sources. But as what makes the U.S. system so exceptional is that we have a system of checks and balances at all levels. Therefore, the main points from this meeting were that as citizens of this region, we are resolved to find appropriate solutions to the air-quality problems here, and jointly make sure the region's concerns regarding air pollution are heard at all levels of government.

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KIMBERLY COLLINS

Director

California Center for Border and

Regional Economic Studies

Calexico

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