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NOAA seeks comment on revisions to Policy for the Assessment of Civil Administrative Penalties and Permit Sanctions

NOAA is seeking public comment on revisions to its Policy for the Assessment of Civil Administrative Penalties and Permit Sanctions.  NOAA issued this Policy in 2011 with the goals of providing national consistency of approach and creating an effectively deterrent enforcement program that was also fair and even-handed.  Although the Penalty Policy has been highly successful in meeting those goals, NOAA noted in the Policy that it would conduct a periodic review to determine whether revisions or modifications were necessary to ensure that the Policy continues to serve its stated purposes.  After reviewing the Penalty Policy as applied for the last three years, some minor changes are appropriate. Proposed changes to the policy include the addition of more detail in penalty schedules to better describe the most commonly-occurring violations, clearer distinctions among multiple-level violations to ensure consistent application of the policy, revision of the treatment of prior violations, and ensuring consistent application of the policy to recreational offenses.  The deadline to submit comments is April 28, 2014.  For more information, please visit http://www.gc.noaa.gov/enforce-office.html.