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CLEAN AIR BACKGROUNDER Work had been under way for a decade or more to improve air quality in Canada However as scientific evidence demonstrates that more and quicker action is necessary the ten-year Clean Air Agenda was developed and launched in May 2000 It focuses on five key areas reducing major industrial emission reducing transboundary emission reducing transportation sector emission advancing the science and engaging the public Additional areas of air-related work not included in the Agenda such as Acid Rain are included in this backgrounder Good progress is occurring Milestones have been achieved in every area of the Agenda In June 2000 the Canada-wide Standards CWSs for Particulate Matter PM and Ozone were endorsed by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment CCME These standards set new ambient targets for these two pollutants to be achieved by the year 2010 In December 2000 Canada signed an Ozone Annex Agreement with the United States which committed each nation to reduce its emission of ozone-forming substances nitrogen oxide NOX and volatile organic compounds VOCs In February 2001 the Minister announced an investment of 1202 million over four years to deliver on the Canadian Ozone Annex commitments This has allowed Environment Canada to start partial implementation of the Clean Air Agenda The following outlines the allocation of these resources 484 million for regulatory initiatives on new vehicles engines and fuels that will reduce emission of nitrogen oxides from new vehicles by 90 percent 198 million on initial actions including development of a ten year plan to reduce NOX in particular from the electricity sector and VOCs emission from solvents and consumer products development of a large joint analysis work program with the US and funding for model applications 291 million to improve monitoring and reporting on air quality in order that Canada can track air quality within 500 km
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