This paper will examine the environmental issues that currently affect this relationship, as well as the potential effect of free trade. Section I examines the current problems in the border area, including the maquiladora industry and its impact on these concerns. Section II addresses the environmental regulatory schemes of the United States and Mexico and what current laws might contribute possible solutions to the environmental problems presented by NAFTA. Then, Section III discusses existing international environmental accords, such as the Integrated Border Environmental Plan. Section IV describes and critiques the environmental aspects of NAFTA. Finally, Section V addresses ways to minimize and resolve environmental disputes in order to expedite cleanup.
LaRue Corbin, Lisa Kirby, Bill Stith & Debra Weldon,
The Environment, Free Trade, and Hazardous Waste: A Study of the U.S.-Mexico Border Environmental Problems in the Light of Free Trade,
Tex. Wesleyan L. Rev.
Available at: https://doi.org/10.37419/TWLR.V1.I1.6