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America's plastic manufacturers support the Marine Debris Act Amendments of 2012

WASHINGTON (December 17, 2012) - On December 12th, the Senate passed H.R. 2838, the Coast Guard Reauthorization Act of 2012, which included the Marine Debris Act Amendments of 2012.

Steve Russell , vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement:

"Congress' broad endorsement of H.R. 2838 demonstrates strong, bipartisan support for efforts designed to prevent and address the problem of marine debris. America's plastic manufacturers support the Marine Debris Act Amendments of 2012 and will continue to work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and others to work to help drive toward effective solutions.

"Marine debris is a significant challenge that deserves thoughtful consideration and action on the part of government, scientists and industries working together. HR 2838 will help advance essential programs to further our understanding of marine debris and minimize its economic and ecological impacts, including through prevention, education and removal.

Plastic makers have been partners in many efforts to research and prevent marine debris, such as working with governments and conservationists to  encourage recycling and discourage litter , educating students on the link between litter and marine health, promoting industry-wide practices to contain plastic pellets , and working with the NOAA to advance scientific understanding of marine litter. And, in California, we have placed 700 recycling bins and educational signage in state parks-owned sites along coastal areas.

We recognize that real solutions will require ongoing commitment and global cooperation. Through ACC, plastics makers have helped lead the development of the plastics industry's global " Declaration on Solutions for Marine Litter ," which has been signed by more than sixty plastics associations in 34 countries. Through this initiative, more than  140 projects focused on researching, preventing or reducing marine debris are underway around the globe.

Marine debris is too big of an issue for any one organization, government, country or region to solve, but we believe that by working together, we can make a difference."

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