By IJC staff
“Pollution from Canadian refineries an ‘embarrassment’ compared with U.S.,” read a May 2 headline in The Star of Toronto. The article went on to report that Canadian refineries pump out far higher levels of some key pollutants compared to their U.S. counterparts.
“Smog alert could be linked to U.S. coal-fired generators,” The London Free Press, also in Ontario, declared on May 29, focusing on fossil fuel power plants in Michigan and other Great Lakes states.
Air pollution doesn’t respect borders. And the effects are felt in Canada and the United States.
The two countries signed an Air Quality Agreement in 1991, committing to cut emissions of pollutants that cause acid rain and contribute to smog. The agreement also set up an Air Quality Committee to report every two years on progress.
Some questions to consider: What do you think about the ongoing efforts of our two countries to address transboundary air quality issues? What issues do you think should have the highest priority?
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