Capt. William Marhoffer Closes 27th Pacific Islands Environment Conference

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Guam –  The final keynote at last week’s 27th Pacific Islands Environment Conference (PIEC) was given by Capt. William Marhoffer (ret.) Friday afternoon. 

The PIEC is being hosted by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency (Guam EPA) at the Hyatt Regency Guam and concluded Friday afternoon.

Marhoffer has been the District 14 Incident Management and Preparedness Advisor since March of last year. He serves as the Coast Guard Co-Chair of the Oceania Regional Response Team and is the District 14 emergency preparedness liaison to FEMA’s Region IX and Pacific Area Office.

He retired from the U.S. Coast Guard after more than 30 years of service.  He was the former Commander of Coast Guard Sector Guam. He has years of experience working with many Pacific islands in emergency response. 

“Emergency response is a critical issue for every Pacific island as we all have fragile, and limited resources that can only be protected with proper planning for emergency situations,” said Guam EPA Administrator Eric M. Palacios. “We thank Capt. Marhoffer and all the excellent speakers who attended the PIEC this week. The conference highlighted many important issues like water quality, solid waste management and pesticide use. We look forward to meeting with environmental leaders from the region again at the next PIEC.”

The three-day PIEC began Wednesday and concluded this afternoon.  The theme of the conference is, “Reduce. Balance. Enhance.” Attendees at the conference included groups from the islands of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, American Samoa, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau and the Republic of the Philippines. 

Photos of the PIEC have been posted on Guam EPA’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/GuamEPA. Presentations from the conference can be found online at http://www.issuu.com/guamepa

For more information about the PIEC or to arrange an interview, call Guam EPA’s Public Information Officer Tammy Jo Anderson Taft at  988-7582; or e-mail: tammyjoanderson.taft@epa.guam.gov.