Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Center Meets With EPA Office of International Activities

Center President Norris McDonald and Center Vice President Derry Bigby met with Michelle DePass, Assistant Administrator of EPA's Office of International Activities (OIA) yesterday to discuss global environmental issues. McDonald and Bigby described the Center's international work and Ms. Depass described the mission of OIA. Michael M. Stahl, Director, Regional and Bilateral Affairs, also attended the meeting. The 45-minute meeting was informative and we were delighted to visit OIA in the Ronald Reagan Building. According to the EPA website:

EPA's Office of International Affairs (OIA) plays a crucial role in advancing the United States' international environmental priorities. Working with the experts from EPA's other program and regional offices, other government agencies, and other nations and international organizations, OIA identifies international environmental issues and helps implement technical and policy options to address them.

International cooperation is vital to achieving EPA's mission. EPA has established three strategic priority areas for our international engagement:

1. To reduce transboundary pollution;
2. To advance U.S. interests abroad; and
3. To promote good environmentl governance

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