Good neighbor board meets in Calexico

February 19, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — The Good Neighbor Environmental Board will meet in Calexico on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss air quality, water resources and hazardous materials transportation issues along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The 30-person board is a federal committee that advises President George Bush and Congress on border-related issues. It's funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's office of cooperative environmental management.

Board members are hand-picked by EPA Administrator Christie Todd Whitman from a list of nominees from congressional representatives.

Board members include community leaders from U.S. states bordering Mexico, professors from border universities, tribal leaders, federal administrators and private sector representatives. The board meets three times a year.

Imperial Valley residents are invited to attend Wednesday's day-long meeting at San Diego State University's Imperial Valley campus library in Calexico. The meeting will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a break for lunch.


A wrap-up session is scheduled for Thursday morning in the library. That session runs from 8 a.m. to noon.

A staffer at its Washington, D.C., headquarters said the board meets for so long because, "They have a lot of issues to discuss."

Among the local issues that will likely be discussed: the New River, power plants under construction in Mexicali and traffic congestion on Imperial Avenue leading into Mexico.

The Good Neighborhood Environmental Board was created by the Enterprise for the Americas Initiative Act of 1992 to advise the president and Congress about environmental and infrastructure issues and needs in states contiguous to Mexico.

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