This brief overview summarizes the history of the joint Air Quality Agreement which began in 1991, and the results of efforts to reduce acid rain and ozone. New programs to address Particulate Matter are under discussion at the time of publication.
This plan "sets forth cooperative measures for dealing with a release of a pollutant along the inland boundary of a magnitude that causes, or may cause, damage to the environment or constitutes a threat to public safety, security, health, welfare, or property". Supercedes the 1994 agreement.
This joint project between U.S. EPA and Environment Canada also involved input from Health Canada. It began in June 2003. A major focus of this pilot project has been the development of the Georgia Basin-Puget Sound International Airshed Strategy. The purpose of this report is to summarize actions and initiatives undertaken by the partners involved in this pilot. Included health effects of air quality, measured in terms of low-birth weight births.