Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal


Susan L. Dautel


Part II of this Comment provides an overview of the debris found in the Patch and the associated health impacts. Part III reviews the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Waste and Other Matters (the London Convention) with its corresponding international and U.S. laws, and then separately examines the U.S. Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act (MDRPRA). Part IV argues that the laws identified in Part III can be applied to provide a means to clean up the portion of the Patch affecting U.S. territory. Part V briefly surveys the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Kyoto Protocol) and the U.S. Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) to provide an understanding of the proposed structure and mechanisms that can be used to create a new international treaty. Part VI details a proposed hybrid cleanup model of international law, using CERCLA and the Kyoto Protocol.