NOVEMBER 19, 2014 — The Coast Guard and EPA are getting set to take action to ensure compliance with the forthcoming 0.10 percent fuel sulfur limits in the North American and U.S. Caribbean Sea Emission Control Areas, or ECAs.
"We will be coordinated in our efforts to ensure compliance with the new requirements effective January 1, 2015," said Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, assistant commandant for Prevention Policy at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters. "That includes working with EPA to actively check for compliance and taking appropriate enforcement action."
The Coast Guard will continue to check Bunker Delivery Notes and other records during Port State and Flag State visits to vessels. The Coast Guard and EPA are developing plans for joint boardings of vessels as well, that will include fuel oil sampling and in-the-field screening for sulfur levels.
"Working closely with our partners at the Coast Guard, we're stepping up our compliance efforts and will take targeted enforcement actions when necessary," said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. "Making sure that everyone plays by the rules will help level the playing field for companies that comply, while reducing harmful air pollution in coastal and inland communities."