13 Jan '12, 1am

Toward a National Coastline Policy

The United States has thousands of miles of coastline, and more than half of its population lives in counties bordering oceans or the Great Lakes — areas administered by a hodgepodge of federal, state or other agencies, often with conflicting goals. For years, environmental groups and expert panels have called for federal oversight for these areas. On Thursday, the idea took a step forward when the White House issued a National Ocean Policy action plan for regulations governing stewardship of those regions. The White House said the goal was to base decisions on solid science and on a philosophy of openness and responsiveness to the requirements of shipping, national security and the needs of vulnerable ecosystems, especially in an era of climate change. In a statement, John P. Holdren, the White House science adviser, said that one goal was to “ensure that the interests of...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/12/toward-a-nation...

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