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Cross-Border Agreements Related to Emergency Response

Mexico and the United States have a binational Joint Contingency Plan, and five pairs of sister cities in the Four-State Region have local joint plans.

 

Mexico and the United States have a binational Joint Contingency Plan Adobe Acrobat PDF DocumentExit the TCEQ for dealing with emergency response related to chemical hazardous substances. This plan was most recently updated in 2009.

In addition, numerous "sister cities" along the border have their own local, cross-border joint contingency plans. Within the geographical area covered by the Four-State Regional Workgroup, there are five pairings of U.S. and Mexican sister cities with such contingency plans that explain how they would cooperate in the event of emergencies. One of the plans in this region was updated in 2009; the others are in the process of being updated. The U.S. EPA has provided funding to assist with these updates.

Following are the sister-city pairs, with hyperlinks to the actual plans and to additional details about related actions that have been taken in the past half dozen years:

Sister CitiesExisting Joint Contingency PlanAddtional Information
(scroll through each of these documents until you find the section on emergency response)

Brownsville, Texas and
Matamoros, Tamaulipas

 

2002 Cross-Border Contingency Plan Adobe Acrobat PDF DocumentExit the TCEQ
(being updated in 2011)
Gulf Task Force Workplan/Progress Report Adobe Acrobat PDF Document
McAllen, Texas and
Reynosa, Tamaulipas

2009 Cross-Border Regional Contingency Plan Adobe Acrobat PDF Document
(this plan is "regional" because it includes six smaller Texas cities near McAllen and an additional Mexican municipio next to Reynosa)

 

Gulf Task Force Workplan/Progress Report Adobe Acrobat PDF Document
Laredo, Texas and
Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas

1998 Cross-Border Contingency Plan Adobe Acrobat PDF DocumentExit the TCEQ
(staff-level revision completed in 2011;        formal approval on hold)

 

Falcon Task Force Workplan/Progress Report Adobe Acrobat PDF Document
Eagle Pass, Texas and
Piedras Negras, Coahuila

1998 Cross-Border Contingency Plan Adobe Acrobat PDF DocumentExit the TCEQ
(being updated in 2012-2013)

 

Amistad Task Force Workplan/Progress Report Adobe Acrobat PDF Document
Del Rio, Texas and
Cd. Acuña, Coahuila

1998 Cross-Border Contingency Plan Adobe Acrobat PDF DocumentExit the TCEQ
(being updated in 2012-2013)

 

Amistad Task Force Workplan/Progress Report Adobe Acrobat PDF Document