PDF _ RS22145 - Environmental Activities of the U.S. Coast Guard
22-May-2008; Jonathan Ramseur; 6 p.

Update: Previous releases:
August 31, 2007
April 25, 2007
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July 30, 2006
May 24, 2006

Abstract: The U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG’s) environmental activities focus on prevention programs, accompanied by enforcement and educational activities. An important component is maritime oil spill prevention, which includes inspection of U.S. and foreign-flagged ships to ensure compliance with U.S. laws and international agreements. As required by the Oil Pollution Act and the Superfund law, the USCG’s pollution preparedness and response activities aim to reduce the impact of oil and hazardous substances spills. USCG’s National Pollution Funds Center manages the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, paying certain spill-related costs and certifying that vessels show evidence of financial responsibility. Another prevention effort, minimizing marine debris, addresses commercial items (e.g., lost nets and fishing lines), as well as trash from recreational fishing and boating (e.g., beverage cans, bottles, and pieces of foam plastic). The Administration’s FY2008 budget proposal estimates that the marine environmental protection mission would receive $332 million, an increase of $31 million from the enacted amount estimated for FY2007.

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Topics: Federal Agencies, Water

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