Support of International Programs
In March 2008, the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation's Sound Management of Chemicals (SMOC) Working Group held a public meeting in which it vetted with stakeholders a new North American agenda for chemicals assessment and management. This agenda features four new areas of work that shift the focus of the SMOC program away from an emphasis on individual substances, and helps to establish a more strategic regional approach for the sound management of chemicals in North America. The four areas of work encompass efforts to:
- Establish a foundation for chemicals management across North America;
- Develop and implement a sustainable regional approach to monitoring, including biomonitoring;
- Reduce the risk from chemicals of mutual concern in North America, as identified by SMOC WG; and
- Improve environmental performance of sectors.
Read more on EPA's activities in the North American CEC.