Public Comment Open on a Draft Federal Report on Microfiber Pollution

Posted Thu, 09/15/2022 - 11:00

Cover of the Draft Report on Microfiber Pollution.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Debris Program and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Trash Free Waters Program, on behalf of the Interagency Marine Debris Coordinating Committee, are pleased to share a draft Report on Microfiber Pollution, which is now available for public comment. 

The Save Our Seas 2.0 Act of 2020 (Public Law 116-224) requires the Interagency Marine Debris Coordinating Committee to complete a report on microfiber pollution that includes: 

  1. a definition of microfiber; 
  2. an assessment of the sources, prevalence, and causes of microfiber pollution; 
  3. a recommendation for a standardized methodology to measure and estimate the prevalence of microfiber pollution; 
  4. recommendations for reducing microfiber pollution; and 
  5. a plan for how Federal agencies, in partnership with other stakeholders, can lead on opportunities to reduce microfiber pollution during the 5-year period beginning on the date of the Act’s enactment. 

This report will provide Congress with an overview of the microfiber pollution issue, while also outlining a path forward for federal agencies, in partnership with other stakeholders, to address this problem. 

NOAA’s Marine Debris Program and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Trash Free Waters Program co-led the development of this report on behalf of the Interagency Marine Debris Coordinating Committee, with support from the consulting firm Materevolve.

We invite comments, feedback, and recommendations on the draft Report on Microfiber Pollution, including Section 7, which contains a plan that outlines opportunities to reduce microfiber pollution.

You can access the draft Report on Microfiber Pollution on our website and comments will be accepted until October 17, 2022. To learn how to submit a comment through the Federal eRulemaking Portal, please view the Federal Register Notice

Public Comment Open on a Draft Federal Report on Microfiber Pollution

Posted Thu, 09/15/2022 - 11:00

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For citation purposes, unless otherwise noted, this article was authored by the NOAA Marine Debris Program.

Kathryn Hyde

Fri, 09/16/2022 - 10:59

Please do not allow trash or waste of any kind in our oceans. Have education and stick systems at bears to stop debris from entering waterways Protect as all marine areas and ocean life. Thank you.

Nancy L Dowey

Mon, 09/19/2022 - 15:25

Please protect our waterways and wildlife. Microfibers can not be seen but they are and are so destructive. PLease develop a plan quickly to take care of this serious problem.

Anonymous

Tue, 09/20/2022 - 09:09

Water is life and protecting oceans from microfiber pollution is essential. I support any and all steps we can take to reduce water contamination. The answer is education and activism. Increase public awareness of the devastating effect of single use plastic, nurdles and other products in our waterways and urge people to invest in renewables and decrease our dependence on fossil fuels. As the saying goes, 'there is no planet B'

Diwakar Maurya

Tue, 09/27/2022 - 02:11

Microfibers that came from different sources. These sources add on in sewage, river, and finally mixed in oceans that causes harmful effects on marine flora and fauna. Airborne microfiber is also a source of this type of pollution that also causes harmful effects on a different areas. Please make a policy for the control of microfiber in every country and implement this policy effectively.

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