[<< wikipedia] U.S. Coast Guard environmental protection
Marine environmental protection is one of the eleven missions of the United States Coast Guard (USCG).There are five areas of emphasis in the marine environmental protection (MEP) mission. These areas cover virtually every aspect of oil and chemical response, and provide the goals and objectives for Coast Guard initiatives.
The five areas are:

Prevention
To stop pollution before it occurs, with:
Training
Equipment
Procedures
Enforcement
To provide civil and criminal penalties for illegal acts
Surveillance
To protect the marine environment by conducting:
Pollution overflights
Vessel boardings
Harbor patrols
Transfer monitoring
Facility inspections
Response
Cleanup and impact limitation of an oil or chemical discharge
In-house abatement
Ensure that Coast Guard vessels and facilities comply with federal pollution laws and regulations


== References ==


== External links ==
Official website