April 28 2008
Senate panel passes MARPOL Annex VI measure
The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee last week approved legislation cosponsored by Committee Vice Chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) to amend the Maritime Pollution (MARPOL) Act. The "MARPOL Annex VI Implementation Act of 2008" (H.R. 802), would amend the "MARPOL Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships" by requiring the U.S. Coast Guard and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer and enforce vessel air emission standards.
This amendment would allow the Coast Guard to enforce air emissions standards on all vessels in the navigable waters of the United States, all vessels departing from or inbound to a U.S. port, and vessels that are a party to the convention operating within the United States Exclusive Economic Zone.
"In Alaska, close to 90 percent of the state's consumer goods arrive through the port of Anchorage. Unfortunately, these same vessels currently comprise one of the world's largest uncontrolled sources of air pollution," said Senator Stevens. "This amendment strikes the right balance between strengthening our environmental protections while preserving the navigational freedoms critical to our national security interest and is consistent with international law."
The "MARPOL Annex VI Implementation Act of 2008" would: