CEQ Press Releases -- August 7, 2009 Release

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
COUNCIL ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20503
 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 7, 2009

Obama Administration Officials to Hold Ocean Policy Task Force Public
Meeting in Anchorage August 21, 2009

ANCHORAGE, AK — Obama Administration officials will hold their first Ocean Policy Task Force Public Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska on August 21, 2009. The Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, led by White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, consists of senior-level officials from Administration agencies, departments, and offices.

The Task Force is charged with developing a recommendation for a national policy that ensures protection, maintenance, and restoration of oceans, our coasts and the Great Lakes. It will also recommend a framework for improved stewardship, and effective coastal and marine spatial planning. The public is encouraged to attend and an opportunity for public comment will be provided.

Who:  White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley
            National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco
            Deputy Secretary of the Department of Interior David Hayes
            Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen
            Deputy Assistant to the President on Energy and Climate Change Heather Zichal

What: Ocean Policy Task Force Public Meeting

When: Friday, August 21, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Where: The Dena’ina Civic & Convention Center
               600 W 7th Ave
               Anchorage, AK

Note: Public comment can also be submitted online at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/initiatives/oceans/