33 U.S. Code § 1956 - Definitions

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In this chapter:
(1) Administrator
The term “Administrator” means the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
(2) Interagency Committee
The term “Interagency Committee” means the Interagency Marine Debris Coordinating Committee established under section 1954 of this title.
(3) Marine debris
The term “marine debris” means any persistent solid material that is manufactured or processed and directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, disposed of or abandoned into the marine environment or the Great Lakes.
(4) MARPOL; Annex V; Convention
The terms “MARPOL”, “Annex V”, and “Convention” have the meaning given those terms under section 1901 (a) of this title.
(5) Program
The term “Program” means the Marine Debris Program established under section 1952 of this title.
(6) Severe marine debris event
The term “severe marine debris event” means atypically large amounts of marine debris caused by a natural disaster, including a tsunami, flood, landslide, or hurricane, or other source.
(7) State
The term “State” means—
(A) any State of the United States that is impacted by marine debris within its seaward or Great Lakes boundaries;
(B) the District of Columbia;
(C) American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands; and
(D) any other territory or possession of the United States, or separate sovereign in free association with the United States, that is impacted by marine debris within its seaward boundaries.


(Pub. L. 109–449, § 7,Dec. 22, 2006, 120 Stat. 3338; Pub. L. 112–213, title VI, § 608,Dec. 20, 2012, 126 Stat. 1578.)

2012—Par. (2). Pub. L. 112–213, § 608(1), substituted “section 1954 of this title” for “section 1914 of this title”.
Par. (3). Pub. L. 112–213, § 608(2), added par. (3) and struck out former par. (3). Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “The term ‘United States exclusive economic zone’ means the zone established by Presidential Proclamation Numbered 5030, dated March 10, 1983, including the ocean waters of the areas referred to as ‘eastern special areas’ in article 3(1) of the Agreement between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Maritime Boundary, signed June 1, 1990.”
Par. (5). Pub. L. 112–213, § 608(3)–(5), redesignated par. (7) as (5), struck out “Prevention and Removal” before “Program”, and struck out former par. (5). Prior to amendment, text of par. (5) read as follows: “The term ‘navigable waters’ means waters of the United States, including the territorial sea.”
Par. (6). Pub. L. 112–213, § 608(6), added par. (6) and struck out former par. (6). Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “The term ‘territorial sea’ means the waters of the United States referred to in Presidential Proclamation No. 5928, dated December 27, 1988.”
Pars. (7), (8). Pub. L. 112–213, § 608(7), redesignated par. (8) as (7). Former par. (7) redesignated (5).

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33 USCDescription of ChangeSession YearPublic LawStatutes at Large
§ 19562012112-213 [Sec.] 608126 Stat. 1578


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