Recognizing that the chemical hazardous substances contingencies or emergencies primarily affect the local community and that 90% of the population in the Inland Border Area reside in 15 Sister Cities—15 in the United States of Mexico (Mexico) and 15 in the United States of America (United States or U.S.)—future planning efforts are required to respond to an event of considerable magnitude that involves one or more chemical hazardous substances
The Mexico-United States Joint Contingencies and Emergencies Plan for Preparedness and Response to Events Associated with Chemical Hazardous Substances in the Inland Border Area (hereafter referred to as the Inland Border Plan), provides a mechanism for cooperation between Mexico and the United States to provide response to a chemical hazardous substances contingency or emergency that may present a significant threat for both Participants or that affects one of them in such a way that justifies the notification of the other Participant or request for assistance.
The purpose of the Inland Border Plan is based on the principles of Annex II of the 1983 La Paz Agreement,which is to protect the health, human safety and the environment, providing joint and coordinated responses to significant chemical hazardous substances contingencies or emergencies that affect the Inland Border Area between Mexico and the United States.
The objectives of this Inland Border Plan are:
• to provide a bi-national coordination mechanism to ensure appropriate and effective cooperative
preparedness and response measures between Mexico and the United States during significant chemical
hazardous substances contingencies or emergencies; and
• to develop a notification system for chemical hazardous substances contingencies or emergencies in the
area covered by this Inland Border Plan.
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- 2017 US-MX Joint Contingency Plan (English) (PDF)(55 pp, 3 MB)