EPA effort announced to reduce trash in waterways and oceans

The Palm Beach Post

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a new federal effort Monday to reduce the 28 billion pounds of trash that reaches the world’s waterways and oceans every year.

The four-part strategy, which includes open-ended goals such as promoting research and development, also is about bringing together the multiple agencies that address marine liter so that a more overarching clean-up plan can be written, Wheeler said.

“Different agencies have done different things in this space over the years, but we have never addressed it in a comprehensive manner,” Wheeler said after the announcement at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. “Instead of having a one-off, piecemeal approach, we are now all agreeing we will work together to solve the problem.”

With time waning before the Nov. 3 election, the announcement brought several high-ranking Trump administration officials to Boca Raton. In September, President Trump was in Jupiter to announce an extension on banning offshore oil drilling along Florida’s coast.

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