THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON APPOINTS FIVE MEMBERS TO THE JOINT PUBLIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF THE NORTH AMERICAN COMMISSION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL COOPERATION
President Clinton today announced his intent to appoint Peter Berle, Dan Morales, Jean Richardson, John Wirth and Jonathan Plaut to the Joint Public Advisory Committee.
The governments of Canada, the United States of America and the United Mexican States today announced the 15 members of the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (NACEC).
The JPAC is an autonomous group of experts whose primary role is to provide independent advice to the NACEC Council, made up of the environmental ministers of the three governments. Advice can be provided on any issue that may arise under the Environment Side Agreement to the NAFTA.
The establishment of the JPAC completes the launching of the Commission, and follows an extensive series of consultations in each country. The JPAC will be holding its first meeting on July 25, 1994 in Washington, D.C., just prior to the first regular meeting of the Council. As its first order of business, the JPAC will be selecting a chair from amongst its members. The JPAC will also be advising Council on the initial priorities of the Commission.
Peter A. Berle, President and CEO of the National Audubon Society in New York. He is a lawyer and has served in the New York State Assembly where he was ranking minority member of the Committee on Environmental Conservation.
Dan Morales, Attorney General for the State of Texas. Mr. Morales was active on NAFTA implementation language discussions on behalf of Texas.
Jonathan Plaut. He is currently Chairman, United States Council of International Business Environment Committee and is Director of Environmental Quality for Allied Signal, Inc.
Jean Richardson, Professor of Environmental Studies and Natural Resources at University of Vermont. Also teaches environmental law. Director of the Environmental Programs in Communities (EPIC) Project funded by Kellogg Foundation.
John D. Wirth. Professor Wirth is current president of the North American Institute, a tri-national public affairs group headquartered in Santa Fe, NM.