Environment, US Gov stays out of your bilge


US Gov stays out of your

Washington, DC ­ The U.S. House of Representatives today approved
bills to ensure that exempts all pleasure craft from having to obtain
a federal water pollution permit under a proposed EPA rule. Recreational
boaters, fishermen and small commercial vessel operators will not be
newly subjected to massive fines for the normal operation of their vessels.

The House passed the Clean Boating Act of 2008 (S. 2766) and another
bill (S. 3298), under suspension of the rules. The Clean Boating Act
provides a narrow Clean Water Act exemption for incidental discharges
during the normal operation of recreational vessels. S.3298 establishes
a two-year moratorium on the pending requirement for all fishing vessels
and small commercial vessels to obtain permits for similar incidental
discharges. Both bills, which had identical companion bills in the House,
are now cleared for the President’s signature.
which A similar Bill is Pending in the Senate and should pass imminently. Read