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For Immediate Release
July 22nd, 2008
|PRESIDENT SIGNS MARITIME POLLUTION PREVENTION ACT|
WASHINGTON, D.C. – President George W. Bush yesterday signed into law H.R. 802, the Maritime Pollution Prevention Act (MARPOL Annex VI).
Reported by the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation with
an amendment sponsored by Commerce Committee Chairman Daniel K. Inouye
(D-Hawaii) and Vice Chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), H.R. 802 would
require the Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
to prescribe regulations to implement vessel air emission standards and
requirements that are outlined under Annex VI to the MARPOL Convention.
The MARPOL Convention is the global agreement to control pollution from
ships. MARPOL Annex VI regulates the emission into the atmosphere of
specified pollutants from ships.
“By enacting MARPOL Annex VI, the United States continues to lead the way in reducing air pollution from ships,” said Senator Inouye.
“We now have the authority to inspect party and non-party vessels,
consistent with the other marine annexes. In addition, as we look
forward to the next round of treaty negotiations in October, the United
States will again be well-positioned to continue to press for higher
standards and better pollution controls from ships operating in our
As enacted, H.R. 802 would:
· Require the EPA to promulgate regulations to establish standards for nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur oxides (SOx), and volatile organic compounds and quality standards for vessel fuel oil in consultation with the Coast Guard.
U.S.-flag vessels and foreign vessels that are operating in the
territorial sea, in emission control areas, and in areas designated by
the Administrator, in consultation with the Coast Guard, to comply with
vessel air emission regulations that are issued by the Coast Guard and
the EPA. These requirements also would give the Coast Guard the
authority to apply Annex VI to party and non-party vessels in the U.S.
EEZ in the same manner as the other marine-related Annexes apply to
that the authority to enforce Annex VI would not restrict the freedom
of navigation in a country’s EEZ, the right of passage through the
territorial sea, or the right of transit passage though straits used
for international navigation.
· Apply vessel air emission standards only to vessels with NOx marine engines rated above 130 kilowatts, or 175 horsepower.
any person other than the Administrator of the EPA from issuing an
Engine International Air Pollution Prevention Certificate on behalf of
the United States and require that such certificates are issued
consistently with regulations and requirements under the Clean Air
each vessel greater than 400 gross tons and each offshore terminal to
be issued an International Air Pollution Prevention Certificate to
certify that the vessel’s or terminal’s equipment is in compliance with
all applicable requirements under MARPOL Annex VI, and an Engine
International Air Pollution Prevention Certificate to certify that each
engine or engine group is in compliance with NOx standards.
the Secretary of the Department in which the Coast Guard is operating
or the EPA Administrator to prescribe regulations that require ports
and terminals to provide or ensure the availability of adequate
reception facilities for ozone depleting substances, equipment
containing such substances, and exhaust cleaning residues. This section
also would authorize the Coast Guard to deny a vessel entry into a port
or terminal that, in the Coast Guard’s determination, is not in
compliance with those regulations.