PALLONE ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF MARINE DEBRIS RESEARCH, PREVENTION & REDUCTION ACT
Washington, D.C. --- U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), the ranking Democrat on the Fisheries and Oceans Subcommittee, announced today that the S.362, the Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act, passed the House last night. Pallone is the sponsor of H.R. 3692, the House companion to the Senate bill.
"I introduced the House companion version of this legislation not only because marine debris is bad for human health and the environment, but also because marine debris can be incredibly harmful to our tourism economy in New Jersey and across the country," Pallone said.
The legislation will establish a federal interagency coordination committee to identify the sources of and reduce the incidence of floating trash in our oceans. The bill will also strengthen and enhance specific program activities carried out by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard, provide additional grant resources to reduce the volume of marine debris, track the origination and subsequent dispersal of this trash, and stimulate new education strategies to build public awareness of the problem.
"Marine debris remains a huge issue in New Jersey," Pallone continued. "It was not too long ago that the New York/New Jersey Bight was known infamously as the 'Ocean Dumping Capital of the World'. It has taken years of work to clean up our oceans and our beaches, and this legislation will help ensure that we never go back to where we were."
S.362 passed the House on Wednesday night by voice vote and awaits final passage by the Senate.