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Leadership and Coordination on International Marine Pollution Issues

EPA helps shape U.S. Government positions on international marine pollution issues. Staff in the Office of International and Tribal Affairs (OITA) lead major treaty negotiations and technical programs that protect U.S. environmental and economic interests throughout the world's oceans. OITA works with many EPA offices, U.S Government agency partners, foreign nations, industry and nongovernmental organizations to ensure that international decisions and management of marine pollution issues support EPA's mission:

To protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment - air, water and land -upon which life depends.

OITA's marine pollution activities also support three goals under EPA's Strategic Plan:

Strategic Goal No. 6 - Reduction of Global and Cross-Border Environmental Risks:

The United States will lead other nations in successful, multilateral efforts to reduce significant risks to human health and ecosystems from climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion and other hazards of international concern.
Strategic Goal No. 2 - Clean and Safe Water:
All Americans will have drinking water that is clean and safe to drink. Effective protection of America's rivers, lakes, wetlands, aquifers, and coastal and ocean waters will sustain fish, plants, and wildlife, as well as recreational, subsistence, and economic activities. Watersheds and their aquatic ecosystems will be restored and protected to improve public health, enhance water quality, reduce flooding and provide habitat for wildlife.
Strategic Goal No. 8 - Sound Science, Improved Understanding of Risk, and Greater Innovation to Address Environmental Problems:
EPA will develop and apply the best available science for addressing current and future environmental hazards, as well as new approaches toward improving environmental protection.

For additional information about EPA's international marine pollution work, refer to the following pages on the EPA Web site:

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