December 11, 2012 – The Center petitioned the EPA to designate the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands — including the portion of the enormous Pacific Garbage Patch within U.S. waters — as the nation’s newest Superfund site.
November 6, 2013 – Responding to our August 2012 petition, the EPA said it would take steps to cut plastic pollution in oceans, improve monitoring and conduct a scientific review of the human-health effects of eating fish that have ingested plastics and other pollution.
November 18, 2013 – In response to our December 2012 petition, the EPA agreed to take a historic first step toward classifying a tiny Hawaiian coral island, Tern Island, as a Superfund site because of hazards posed by plastic pollution.
September 9, 2014 – The Environmental Protection Agency released an assessment documenting the hazard that plastic pollution poses to wildlife on Tern Island in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands — a key finding that could advance Tern Island as a potential Superfund site, an area of toxic hazard singled out for federal cleanup.
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