Statement on deep seabed mining act



Richard A. Frank, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has issued this statement in conjunction with President Carter's signing of the Deep Seabed Hard Mineral Resources Act:

We welcome the new responsibilities assigned to NOAA by the Deep Seabed Hard Mineral Resources Act, which was signed into law by President Carter. NOAA intends vigorously to pursue the tasks given us, so that a comprehensive national program can become effective while we await successful conclusion of the Law of the Sea Treaty.