International Environment: Environmental Infrastructure Needs in the U.S.-Mexican Border Region Remain Unmet.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIV
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Communities on both sides of the nearly 2,000 mile U.S.-Mexican border are confronting numerous environmental problems that pose serious risks to human health and the environment. These problems, which have worsened as the border regions economy, industries, and population have rapidly expanded over the last two decades, stem from the wide gap between the increasing domestic and industrial demand for and availability of environmental infrastructure, including systems for drinking water, wastewater collection and treatment, and solid waste disposal. Despite efforts to narrow this gap, many of the border regions environmental infrastructure needs remain unmet, and providing them is estimated to cost nearly 8 billion over the next 10 years.
- Hygiene and Sanitation
- Air Pollution and Control
- Solid Wastes and Pollution and Control
- Water Pollution and Control
- Environmental Health and Safety