Marine Environmental Protection

Coast Guard personnel demonstrate how an oil-skimming, fast sweep boom is inflated during an oil spill exercise aboard Coast Guard Cutter JUNIPER in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island.

The Marine Environmental Protection program develops and enforces regulations to avert the introduction of invasive species into the maritime environment, stop unauthorized ocean dumping, and prevent oil and chemical spills. This program is complemented by the Marine Safety programís pollution prevention activities.

In 2008, the Coast Guard refined its planning to support implementation of the National Response Framework, the national all hazards, incident management, and emergency response architecture. The Coast Guard also incorporated lessons learned from the motor vessel (M/V) COSCO BUSAN Incident Specific Preparedness Report into an improved policy that better aligns response planning at local, state, and Federal levels.

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Last Modified 3/20/2014