Meeting of the U.S.-Chile Environment Affairs Council
The Department of State and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) are providing notice that, as set forth in Chapter 19 (Environment) of the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA), the tow governments intend to hold the second meeting of the Environment Affairs Council (the ``Council'') in Washington, DC on October 24, 2005. U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Claudia McMurray and Chilean Under Secretary Rodrigo Egana will jointly chair the Council meeting. The purpose of this meeting is detailed below under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. In this notice, the Department of state and USTR are requesting: (1) Written comments from the public regarding agenda items for the Council meeting; (2) written comments regarding the implementation of the eight cooperative projects listed in Annex 19.3 of Chapter 19 (Environment) of the FTA, particularly Reducing Mining Pollution and Sharing Private Sector Expertise (in the initial implementation stages); (3) written comments regarding implementation of Chapter 19's framework for public participation; and (4) written suggestions for future bilateral environmental cooperation between the United States and the Republic of Chile. A joint public session will be held immediately following the Council meeting. The purpose of this public session is detailed below under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. In preparing comments, the public is encouraged to refer to: The environment chapter of the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement and Annex 19.3, available at:http:// www. ustr. gov / assets / Trade Agreements / Bilateral / Chile FTA / Final Texts / asset upload file 482 401.3.pdf; The U.S.-Chile Environmental Cooperation Agreement, available at:http://www.state.gov/goes/rls/or/22185.html and The Final Environment Review of the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement, available at: http://www.ustr.gov/assets/TradeAgreements/ Bilateral/ChileFTA/ assetuploadfile 4115109.pdf.