"Obama Ocean Plan Aims To Protect Economy, Environment"

"The White House released a plan on Tuesday aimed at protecting oceans, coastal and Great Lakes environments around the United States while safeguarding related businesses that support more than 44 million jobs."

"The plan drew criticism from some Republican lawmakers who called it bureaucratic overreach but was lauded by environmental groups as smart management that supports economic development.

The National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan is meant to put into practice the National Ocean Policy, established by President Barack Obama in 2010. It will involve some 27 federal agencies, departments and offices, the White House Council on Environmental Quality said a statement."

Deborah Zabarenko reports for Reuters April 17, 2013.

SEE ALSO:

"Obama Issues National Plan for Ocean Economy, Health" (Environment News Service)

"White House Finalizes National Ocean Policy" (Washington Post)

Source: Reuters, 04/17/2013