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PS 112 - Pollution Laws

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Sheet1 Page 1 Laws and Regulations This chapter of laws, regulations, and permit information is by no means comprehensive. It is meant to provide: y an introduction to the responsibilities of certain Federal and State agencies, y an overview of some relevant laws, y a look at the General Permit for Discharges from Marinas, and y a synopsis of information about other pertinent permits and licenses. Selected Federal Agencies and Their Jurisdictions The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for ensuring that environmental protections are considered in U.S. policies concerning economic growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, international trade, and natural resources risk are based on the best available scientific information providing access to information on ways business, state and local governments, communities, and citizens can prevent pollution and protect human health and the environment. The Office of Water is responsible for implementing, among other laws, the Clean Water Act, portions of the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments of 1990, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Marine Plastics Pollution Research and Control Act. Activities are targeted to prevent pollution wherever possible and to reduce risk to people and ecosystems in the most cost effective manner. The mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, is to describe economic opportunities. NOAA provides a wide range of observational, assessment, research, and predictive services for estuarine and coastal ocean regions. NOAA has developed an array of programs to address national-scale estuarine issues and specific problems affecting individual estuarine and coastal ocean systems. In partnership with EPA, NOAA implements the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments of 1990 The United States Army Corps of Engineers (COE) is responsible for ensuring adequate flood control, hydropower production, navigation, water supply storage, recreation, and fish and wildlife habitat. The Corps contracts and regulates coastal engineering projects, particularly harbor dredging and beach renourishment projects. They also review and permit coastal development and artificial reef projects. A joint permit from the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Army Corps of Engineers is required and predict changes in the earthhs environment and to conserve and wisely manage the nationhs coastal and marine resources to ensure sustainable
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Sheet1 Page 2 for all dredging projects. f The United States Coast Guard, an arm of the U.S. Department of Transportation, protects the public, the environment, and U.S. economic interests. They promote maritime safety and marine environmental protection, enforce maritime law, tend all Federal navigation aids, and regulate and monitor recreational and commercial vessels and waterfront facilities.
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