Skip to comments.EPA to preside over fish cases
Posted on 09/20/2011 5:34:07 PM PDT by george76
Commercial fishermen will no longer have their regulatory cases heard by Coast Guard Administrative Law Judges.
Instead, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that as of Thursday, Environmental Protection Agency ALJs will preside over all new fishing law enforcement cases.
This measure is being taken in response to an inquiry made by the Inspector General into complaints by commercial fishermen that NOAAs National Marine Fisheries Services regulatory system was being excessive with its penalties and actions.
Jerry Slaff, NOAA public affairs officer, said the EPA will provide judges for regulatory cases for the next two years. He said NOAA is still looking for a permanent solution to its law enforcement issue.
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EPA... they’ll be unbiased, knowledgeable, and understanding. They’ll know a lot more about fishing than the seamen of the Coast Guard. /S
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Think about it. The EPA has judges? A swat team coming? Read “The Thor Conspiracy” by Larry Burkett ... maybe Larry’s book should not be listed as fiction!
I am glad beyond words that I left the life of the commercial fisherman behind. I feel for my friends who are still trying to make it in the industry.
It’s sad what has become of Amerika, we now resemble more the old Soviet Union than the land of the free. I got out of commercial fishing in the 1980’s, even then you could see the hand writing on the wall and that the government was intent on regulating it out of existence. Also, all the fish processing plants started to get bought out by foreign companies and were price fixing so that it was real though to make any money at it. I wonder sometimes what is going to happen when all the producers have been put out of business, who’s going to pay for everything then?
I think that about sums up the situation here.
when all the producers have been put out of business, whos going to pay for everything then?
The Obama stash ?
The United Nations Agenda 21 at work.
What could go wrong ?
I thought NOAA just gave us a weather forecast.
September 8, 2011
NOAA to use EPA administrative law judges for newly docketed enforcement cases
Beginning today, NOAA will refer new law enforcement cases to administrative law judges (ALJs) from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Over the last several months, NOAA has worked with the Office of Personnel Management to find a new source for ALJs. OPM conducted a government-wide search for replacements.
In putting in place a new arrangement for ALJs, NOAA looked at a number of factors, including experience in hearing enforcement cases, experience in handling complex natural resource issues and a full support infrastructure, among other criteria. ALJs from the EPA have extensive experience handling enforcement cases involving complex federal natural resource statutes, including the Clean Water Act and the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act, among many others. The EPA ALJs also have a full support infrastructure, and are able to fully handle NOAAs caseload.
Todays announcement builds on NOAAs previous actions to reform every aspect of its enforcement program. In response to reviews of the program by the Inspector General that were requested by NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco, the agency has implemented a number of sweeping changes since January 21, 2010, including:
* New policies and procedures such as a new and uniform nationwide penalty policy for the Office of General Counsel for Enforcement and Litigation (GCEL);
* New leadership in the Office of Law Enforcement and GCEL;
* Greater oversight of lawyers and enforcement agents; and greater oversight of funds spent on the enforcement program.
Any cases docketed with the Coast Guard ALJs prior to today are expected to remain with the Coast Guard ALJs.
To get more information on the reforms to NOAAs enforcement program, visit NOAAs Timeline of Enforcement Program Improvements.
NOAAs mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Join us on Facebook, Twitter and our other social media channels.
I have a very permanent solution to the issue. NOAA employees won't like it much, but it would be a permanent solution.
Out of the frying pan and into the fire.
‘unelected crazy despots controlling our futures’ ping!
Most pathetic but not surprising. The EPA can make short work of commercial fishing in the Obama administration.
in 1990, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) began systematically eliminating climate measuring stations in cooler locations around the world.
Yes, that’s right. They began eliminating stations that tended to record cooler temperatures and drove up the average measured temperature. The eliminated stations had been in higher latitudes and altitudes, inland areas away from the sea, as well as more rural locations.
The drop in the number of weather stations was dramatic, declining from more than 6,000 stations to fewer than 1,500.
I never thought I would see human waste like this in our government be allowed to destroy us from within while the US Congress was out looking for their spine and guts.
Frying pan into fire.
Thanks for the ping!
Everthing, and by design!
Don’t they have to go to school for that? Thanks bitt.
Naaah, they must have stuck some Haavard profs in there and they probably think they know everything about everything, like ‘You Know Who’ does....
Could someone point me to the Article/Section # of the constitution where it states the EPA is part of the judicial branch?
Write the “Law.” Check
Enforce it. Check
Adjudicate it. Check
Classic Tyranny. Check
...thinking “sleep” “fishes”