[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 50 (Wednesday, March 14, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 15052-15053]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-6215]


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COUNCIL ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY


National Ocean Council--National Ocean Policy Draft 
Implementation Plan

AGENCY: Council on Environmental Quality.

ACTION: Extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: On July 19, 2010, President Obama signed Executive Order 13547 
establishing a National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, our 
Coasts, and the Great Lakes (National Ocean Policy). As part of the 
President's charge for Federal agencies to implement the National Ocean 
Policy, the National Ocean Council developed actions to achieve the 
Policy's nine priority objectives, and to address some of the most 
pressing challenges facing the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes. 
Collectively, the actions are encompassed in a single draft National 
Ocean Policy Implementation Plan (Implementation Plan). The draft 
Implementation Plan describes more than 50 actions the Federal 
Government will take to improve the health of the ocean, coasts, and 
Great Lakes, which support tens of millions of jobs,

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contribute trillions of dollars a year to the national economy, and are 
essential to public health and national security.
    Next, public comments on the draft Implementation Plan will inform 
the preparation of the final plan. Per our prior notice, which was 
published at 77 FR 2514 on January 18, 2012, we welcome your general 
input, and also pose the following questions:
     Does the draft Implementation Plan reflect actions you see 
are needed to address the nine priorities for the ocean, coasts, and 
the Great Lakes?
     What is the most effective way to measure outcomes and to 
detect whether a particular action in the Implementation Plan has 
achieved its intended outcome? Would a report card format be useful?
    With this notice, we are pleased to inform you that the comment 
period on the draft Implementation Plan has been extended. As stated on 
the National Ocean Council's Web site, http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/oceans, on February 28, 2012, the new deadline for public comment on 
the draft Implementation Plan is March 28, 2012. Comments received will 
be collated and posted on the National Ocean Council Web site. The 
final Implementation Plan is expected in the spring of 2012.

DATES: The National Ocean Council must receive comments by midnight, 
March 28, 2012.

ADDRESSES: The draft Implementation Plan and additional information can 
be found at http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/oceans. Comments should be 
submitted electronically to http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/oceans. Comments 
may also be sent in writing to ``ATTN: National Ocean Council'' by fax 
to (202) 456-0753, or by mail to National Ocean Council, 722 Jackson 
Place NW., Washington, DC 20503. Heightened security measures in force 
may delay mail delivery; therefore, please allow at least two (2) to 
three (3) weeks of additional time for mailed comments to arrive. We 
encourage you to also submit comments through the National Ocean 
Council Web site.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions about the content of this 
request may be submitted through the National Ocean Council Web site at 
http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/administration/eop/oceans/contact or by mail 
to National Ocean Council, 722 Jackson Place NW., Washington, DC 20503. 
Please note, heightened security measures in force may delay mail 
delivery; therefore, we encourage you to also submit questions through 
the National Ocean Council Web site.

    Dated: March 9, 2012.
Nancy H. Sutley,
Chair.
[FR Doc. 2012-6215 Filed 3-13-12; 8:45 am]
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