EPA head meets with Japanese counterpart

EPA head meets with Japanese counterpart
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Gina McCarthyRegina (Gina) McCarthyOvernight Energy: Critics accuse Interior's top lawyer of misleading Congress | Boaty McBoatface makes key climate change discovery | Outrage over Trump's order to trim science advisory panels Trump's order to trim science advisory panels sparks outrage Overnight Energy: Trump order to trim science panels sparks outrage | Greens ask watchdog to investigate Interior's records policies | EPA to allow use of pesticide harmful to bees MORE met Monday with her Japanese counterpart in Tokyo to discuss various issues around pollution and climate change.

McCarthy and Japanese Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki came out of the meeting with an agreement to work toward international progress to reduce mercury pollution, greenhouse gases and air quality, among other goals, the countries’ agencies said.

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“This outcome builds on a 40-year history of cooperation on environmental issues between the U.S. and Japan, based on the Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Environmental Protection between the two countries, signed in 1975,” the EPA and Japan’s Environment Ministry said in a joint statement.

Japan is particularly sensitive to mercury pollution as the epicenter of Minamata disease, first discovered in the 1950s, which is caused by mercury poisoning.

The agreement from the meeting also included goals in promoting environmental education, children’s environmental health and environmental impact assessments in Asia.

In a separate Facebook post, McCarthy said she has already met with business leaders and women environmental leaders, in addition to holding a press conference with Mochizuki.

“The U.S. and Japan are global partners in building strong economies, encouraging women’s empowerment and increasing innovation,” McCarthy wrote.