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FOR RELEASE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1974
EPA CREATES OCEANS DIVISION, NAMES ROBERT J. MCMANUS AS ITS
DIRECTOR
The Environmental Protection Agency has created a new Oceans
Division within its Office of International Activities to coor-
dinate programs relating to internal ocean affairs and marine
pollution, EPA Administrator Russell E. Train announced today.
Robert J. McManus has been appointed Director of the new
unit. Both actions are effective immediately.
"We feel that heightened interest by all nations in the
^problems of marine pollution, combined with recent legislation
and future conventions on this subject, make this a logical move,"
said Fitzhugh Green, Associate Administrator in charge of Inter-
national Activities.
"Mr. McManus' background and experience make him especially
qualified to direct this important function within EPA," he
declared.
Green noted that among recent actions the 1954 International
Convention for the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea by Oil was
sweepingly amended in 1973, subject to future ratification.
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In addition, the Senate has given its advice and consent to a
treaty to prevent marine pollution by ocean dumping, which was
negotiated in London in 1972. At the suggestion of Administrator
Train, a new Marine Environment Protection Committee has been
recently established by the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative
Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations. A U.S.-
U.S.S.R. environmental agreement including cooperation in the study
of oceans also was signed last year. Green pointed out that the
Third United Nations Conference on Law of the Sea will be held
in Caracas next June, and will deal with curtailing ocean pollution.
McManus has served in the Office of the General Counsel at
EPA since 1971, first as a special assistant to the Deputy General
Counsel and later in the Water Quality Division, specializing in
marine pollution matters. He was a member of the U.S. delegation
to the conferences that produced the ocean dumping treaty and the
1973 amendments to the oil pollution treaty.
Born in New York City August 22, 1940, he attended Phillips
Exeter Academy, received an A.B. from Yale in 1961 and an LL.B.
from Yale Law School in 1968 where he also was a member of the
Board of Editors of the Yale Law Journal. He served as a Naval
officer from 1961-65. A member of the District of Columbia Bar
since 1968, he was an associate in the law firm of Surrey,
Karasik, Greene and Hill in Washington, D.C. for three years
until joining EPA.
He is married to the former Laurie Pouzzner and they are
parents of a son, John D. McManus. The family lives in Washing-
ton, D.C.
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