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March 30th, 2009

EPA Announces Cuts in Ship Pollution

epa2The Environmental Protection Agency moved Monday to sharply curtail pollution from ships, proposing new emissions limits for large vessels in U.S. waters.

The EPA requested that the U.N.’s International Maritime Organization create a 230-mile buffer zone along the U.S. coasts, within which oil tankers and other large ships would face stricter regulations on air pollutants blamed for health problems. The new requirements would force shipping companies to switch to cleaner-burning fuels and make changes to their onboard engine systems. The EPA estimates the proposal would increase annual costs for shipping companies by $3.2 billion in 2020.

“In essence we are treating this industry as we would treat others,” EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said Monday at a press conference. Read more here.

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