As announced in the Federal Register on July 8, the Coast Guard is requesting input from the public on specific programs, regulations, policies, and procedures that the Coast Guard should consider changing in order to combat and respond to climate change.
This information will help the Coast Guard effectively achieve its missions in a manner that advances the Biden administration’s urgent priorities of climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience.
The Coast Guard seeks this input to ensure that it is implementing programs, policies, and activities that address (1) the cumulative effects of environmental damage, above all from climate change, and (2) the disproportionately high, adverse climate-related impacts on disadvantaged communities, while also promoting a safe, secure, and resilient marine transportation system that facilitates commerce and secures national security interests.
The Coast Guard is issuing this request for information in response to Executive Orders 13990 and 14008, which have established the protection of public health and the environment, the mitigation of climate change, and the advancement of environmental justice as policy priorities for this administration.
We encourage you to submit comments (or related material) responding to this request for information. We will consider all submissions and may adjust agency policy based on your input. If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this notice, indicate the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation.
Comments must be submitted to the online docket via https://www.regulations.gov on or before Oct. 6, 2021.