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Environmental Compliance

All federal agencies are required to review everything they do (e.g., construction/ facility modifications, operations, scientific research) for compliance with various environmental statutes (e.g., National Environmental Policy Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act consultations). Scientific research activities are evaluated to ensure environmental compliance with all applicable environmental statutes. We have reviewed our actions and the results of these evaluations are in the form of Categorical Exclusions, Environmental Assessments, or Environmental Impact Statements.

NOAA recently released a draft programmatic environmental assessment focused on the Prevention, Control, and Mitigation (PCM) of Harmful Algal Blooms research program for public comment. The public comment period is closed. This research program, administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, seeks to develop and transfer to application tools to reduce the impacts of harmful algal blooms in coastal waters. The draft environmental assessment can be found at: (PDF).

Additional information can be found at the Prevention, Control, and Mitigation (PCMHAB) research program page.

Please direct all comments to, or to:

c/o David Kidwell or Susan Baker
National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
1305 East West Highway, N/SCI
SSMC 4, Room 8203
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Environmental Management

This is the archived National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) Environmental Management System (EMS) web page. NCCOS declared EMS conformance on December 31, 2008.

NCCOS follows the guidelines of the National Ocean Service, NOAA, and the Department of Commerce relating to environmental management. By doing this, we no longer operate a standalone EMS, but rather become an equal partner with all the Program Offices within NOS and the Line Offices within NOAA. We strive to follow all of these policies to be responsible stewards of our environment.

Background: Executive Order (E.O.) 13423 of January 24, 2007 sets broad goals to strengthen environmental, energy, and transportation management across Federal agencies. The E.O. requires government agencies to follow environmental best practices to address how our agency operations and activities impact our environment, including the energy we use and even when we commute to and from work. Executive Order (E.O.) 13514 of October 5, 2009 establishes additional goals and targets and requirements for Federal agencies. It builds on, but does not replace, E.O. 13423. It expands upon the energy reduction and environmental performance requirements of E.O. 13423.