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Gutierrez: Environmental Stewardship is Critical to the Economy and Safety and Well-Being of the American People

Silver Spring, Md. (Jan. 8)—Speaking to Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez noted recent advances in environmental research, conservation and prediction. “Over the past eight years, the Bush Administration, the Commerce Department and NOAA have been aggressively working to increase our scientific knowledge and preserve the precious legacy of healthy oceans and sustainable marine resources,” Gutierrez said. (Remarks) (Fact Sheet) (Video)

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Commerce Secretary Invites Applications for Disaster Assistance to States Impacted by 2008 Storms

Washington (Jan. 8)—In response to hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters occurring during 2008, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez today announced that the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is now accepting applications to support long-term post-disaster economic recovery through an additional $400 million in emergency funding provided through a Second Supplemental under the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, signed into law on September 30, 2008. (More)

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President Bush Discusses Conservation and the Environment, Designates Three New Marine Protected Areas in Pacific Ocean

Washington (Jan. 6)—President George W. Bush has created three new marine protected areas in the central and western Pacific Ocean protecting nearly 200,000 square miles. In his remarks, Bush said “The benefits of today's decision reach far beyond nature. The monuments will preserve sites of cultural and spiritual significance to native peoples. They will ensure full freedom of navigation, and include measures to uphold training missions and other military operations. And they will open the door to new economic benefits in the Territories.” (Remarks) (Fact Sheet)