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Ambassador Kirk Meets with the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee

Ambassador Kirk, joined by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson, met with the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee (TEPAC) on Wednesday, June 17, to discuss several policy issues involving trade and environment.  TEPAC is a USTR-appointed advisory committee, co-managed with EPA, which provides policy advice on issues involving trade and the environment.

Ambassador Kirk and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson

At Wednesday's meeting, Ambassador Kirk emphasized the importance of ensuring that U.S. trade and environment policies are mutually supportive.  He also discussed the importance of ongoing efforts to address climate change and USTR's role in both supporting the Administration's efforts to work with Congress on this issue and leading on issues such as the WTO negotiations to eliminate trade barriers of clean technologies.  In addition, he shared his commitment to build on good work that has already been done in North America on trade and environment issues through increased institutional cooperation involving the North American Free Trade Agreement and the environmental side agreement, the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation.

TEPAC

The 23 current members of TEPAC are drawn from a wide number of sectors including environmental interest groups, industry (including environmental technology and environmental services industries), agriculture, services, and consumer interests.  The TEPAC meets with the USTR two to three times a year.  Their work is supported by a staff-level group of TEPAC Liaisons which meets more frequently with staff members from USTR, EPA and other relevant agencies.

Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee Members

Member NameOrganization
Anne Alonzo Kraft Food
Dennis Avery Hudson Institute
Joseph G. Block Venable LLP
Nancy Zucker Boswell Transparency International
William A. Butler Audubon Naturalist Society
Patricia Forkan Humane Society International
Frank H. Habicht Global Environment & Technology Foundation
Thomas B. Harding Agrisystems International
Jennifer Haverkamp
Rhoda Karpatkin Consumers Union
Dawn Kristoff-Champney Water & Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Assn.
Daniel B. Magraw Center for International Environmental Law
Naotaka Matsukata Alston & Bird, LLP
Frederick O'Regan International Fund for Animal Welfare
Peter Robinson U.S. Council for International Business
Gary Satterfield Water Equipment Technology Association
Jeffrey J. Schott Institute for International Economics
Andrew F. Sharpless Oceana
Frances B. Smith Competitive Enterprise Institute
William J. Snape, III Endangered Species Coalition
David van Hoogstraten Hunton and Williams
Alexander F. Watson Hills & Company
Durwood Zaelke The Center for Governance and Sustainable Development