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NMSU to hold bi-national border emission trading workshop

The Southwest Center for Environmental Research and Policy (SCERP) and New Mexico State University will hold a bi-national workshop Saturday to explore a pilot emission trading program along the border region between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

About 50 participants -- including academic researchers, representatives from state, county and federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, officials from Mexico and advocates of private firms on both sides of the border -- will convene at the Las Cruces Hilton to discuss the nature, scope, possibilities and problems of a pilot emission trading program.

Emission trading is an innovative U.S. environmental policy that aims to control air pollution through the exercise of free market forces. Permit trading currently is used to allocate sulfur dioxide emissions for coal-fired electric generating plants in the United States and is gaining ground between U.S. and Canadian firms through a Pilot Emission Reduction Trading Program. Saturday's workshop participants will explore the possibilities of beginning a similar program in the El Paso/Ciudad Juarez border area.

Workshop organizers anticipate the study will result in a proposal for the pilot program, which will then be submitted to SCERP for implementation.