17 Jan 2023
American Clean Power (ACP) Vice President for Offshore Wind, Josh Kaplowitz, issued the following statement after the Department of the Interior transferred offshore wind regulations for workplace safety and environmental compliance from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE):
"ACP is pleased by the certainty that this assignment of regulatory responsibility will provide in terms of defining agency roles. We strongly support greater efforts to ensure offshore worker safety and environmental stewardship as we work to deliver more affordable, reliable, and domestic power to Americans through offshore wind. We appreciate BSEE's substantial expertise on offshore safety arising from its decades of experience regulating the offshore oil and gas industry. Our employees are the backbone of the growing offshore wind industry and ACP is at the forefront of working with our members to develop protocols and trainings to ensure their safety.
As part of that commitment, ACP will be initiating a public process with other stakeholders to develop consensus offshore wind safety recommended practices; we anticipate working closely with BSEE to refine these standards and ensure they work for regulators and industry alike. We also look forward to advising BSEE on upcoming amendments to their offshore wind safety and inspection regulations."
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