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: Joshua Tree National Park lost M in fees due to shutdown | Dem senator, AGs back case against oil giants | Trump officials secretly shipped plutonium to Nevada Overnight Energy: Ethics panel clears Grijalva over settlement with staffer | DC aims to run on 100 percent clean energy by 2032 | Judges skeptical of challenge to Obama smog rule Judges skeptical of case against Obama smog rule 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.