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U.S. and China Extend 32-Year Agreement to Cooperate in Science and Technology

2011 January 26

by Suzanne Giannini-Spohn

Last year – the 30th anniversary of the 1980 signing of the first US-China Science &Technology agreement on environmental cooperation – EPA joined China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) in celebrating 30 years of cooperation, and to jumpstart that celebration, this past October Administrator Jackson and her Chinese counterpart signed a renewal of our cooperative agreement.

Over the years, we have achieved many things together, including important advances like addressing the hole in the ozone layer and removing harmful lead from gasoline. As the world’s two largest economies, America and China have a chance address ongoing and emerging national and international environmental challenges. Issues like clean drinking water, healthy air, reduced exposure to toxic chemicals, improved management of electronic waste, and yes, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Throughout the years we have worked collaboratively to better understand, manage, and improve air quality which has helped officials in China address regional air quality issues and achieve cleaner air through integration of air quality management approaches into national guidance and upcoming revisions to China’s Air Pollution Control Law. We have also supported China’s adoption of its first series of regulatory guidance, provided direct long-term cleanup field assistance using U.S.-developed technology to reduce dioxins emissions from cement kilns, and helped China implement its first-ever PCB soil remediation project.

US EPA and China MEP have been partners for 30 years, and we are thrilled that our partnership can only grow stronger through the January 19th extension to the US-China Agreement on Cooperation in Science and Technology. The newly extended agreement will continue decades of cooperation in areas such as agricultural science, high-energy physics, clean energy, and biomedical research.

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About the Author: Suzanne Giannini-Spohn is China Program Manager in EPA’s Office of International & Tribal Affairs. She has worked with China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and other organizations to implement EPA environmental cooperation projects since 2000. In 2008, Suzanne received EPA’s National Honor Award, the James W. Craig Pollution Prevention Leadership Award, for her work on preventing pollution from cement kilns in China.

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5 Responses leave one →
  1. pedro jesus pato permalink
    January 26, 2011


  2. MorePowerfulThan permalink
    January 27, 2011

    Informative article

  3. Steven permalink
    January 27, 2011

    Wow, Kudos to two of the worlds top economical super powers to join forces and join the fight to help preserve our environment. I really hope that it becomes succesful one day.


  4. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    January 30, 2011

    Its great news and hugely important that the U.S. and China are working together on key environmental issues. This can be a start to international collaboration on a number of issues of concern to both countries, including infrastructure and transportation. Best wishes, MichaelE. Bailey.

  5. David Devlin permalink
    March 28, 2011

    I am aware that the EPA is looking at reducing toxins in air emissions from coal and oil fired power plants. As a long time resident of Michigan I am aware of the fish and wildlife benefits that could accrue from a reduction in mercury in particular. I would like to register my enthusiastic support for these proposed reductions. And, thank you for getting back to full enforcement of existing EPA regulations that have been law for several years.

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