Obama Administration Officials Release Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force Interim Report – September 17, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC – Obama Administration officials today released the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force Interim Report for a 30-day public review and comment period. The Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, led by White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, consists of 24 senior-level officials from Administration agencies, departments, and offices. The report provides proposals for a comprehensive national approach to uphold our stewardship responsibilities and ensure accountability for our actions.
“This Interim Report represents a wide spectrum of views and considerations, not just from within the federal government, but from members of the public, local officials, stakeholders and experts from coast to coast,” said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “It delivers on President Obama’s request for recommendations that will move this country towards a more robust national policy for our oceans, coasts and the Great Lakes and recognizes that we have a responsibility to protect the oceans and coasts for the benefit of current and future generations.”
“America’s oceans are vital to our prosperity, health, security and quality of life,” said Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “This is a historic day — for the first time, we as a nation say loudly and clearly that healthy oceans matter.”
The Interim Report may be found at http://www.whitehouse.gov/assets/documents/09_17_09_Interim_Report_of_Task_Force_FINAL2.pdf. The Task Force will provide a final report with all of its recommendations later this year. The Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force home page is located at http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/initiatives/oceans/. Submit comments by October 17th about the report at http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/initiatives/oceans/interimreport/.