Marine Plastic Pollution Research and Control Act of 1987 (MPPRCA)

Definition - What does Marine Plastic Pollution Research and Control Act of 1987 (MPPRCA) mean?

The Marine Plastic Pollution Research and Control Act of 1987 is an act which studies the injurious effects of unwanted disposal of plastics on the environment and various methods that can be used to eliminate or reduce the adverse effects. According to act it is illegal to throw plastics in water within the 200 miles of coastline of the United States. The act requires the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to work together and assess the viability of using the volunteer groups to monitor the floatable debris on the coastlines.

Petropedia explains Marine Plastic Pollution Research and Control Act of 1987 (MPPRCA)

The Marine Plastic Pollution Research and Control Act of 1987 handles the garbage generated by ships and aims at reducing the amount of plastic and other wastes dumped by the ships into the oceans. The act also restricts the ships from throwing of plastics and other waste products into the water. The act requires various adequate waste gathering facilities at the US ports. The act also requires ships to develop a plan for waste management. The act is responsible for identifying the classes and types of plastics that are hazardous to the living creatures in the sea or ocean. The act also recommends legislation necessary to regulate tax and prohibit sources of plastics which enter in the marine environment.

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