Ballast water rules could reduce cargo
New ballast water rules for ships could block 50 to 70 percent of the cargo going through the Port of Indiana in Burns Harbor, shipping industry representatives say.
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#1 Oct 23, 2010
With NY already giving passes to ships allegedly waiting for better technology, it shows that the money they spent was wasted and this their regulations are just a part of a smoke screen of delay, to help this administration continue delaying the Coast Guards still purposed plan.
This administrations recent signing of a new Coast Guard Authorization bill leaving out ballast water, after Senator Boxer killed a Coast Guard Authorization bill in 2008, that passed overwhelmingly 395-7 in the House and would have protected American waters from foreign ships dumping ballast water in our waters, shows that this President is in no hurry to do anything soon to protect all American waters equally from human pathogens and virus being dumped in our waters by foreign ships delivering foreign manufactured goods. Now all the Great Lakes states are worried about NY's plan, and they should not be, because this is just a stage until the presidential election year of 2012.
#2 Jan 10, 2011
Despite NY governor spending large amounts of money to create ballast water laws, as the states Attorney General, I am willing to bet he will cave in favor of WHATEVER plan the Coast Guard comes up with.
Interesting Senator Boxer of California kills ballast water legislation passed in the house 395-7, back in 2008 that would have protected the whole country equally over her wish for California to be able to enact stronger laws. Now articles are saying California is backing down on its current ballast water laws for being to strict. NY laws will be next to go, making President Obamas week military plan look attractive. Senator Boxers position in 2008 killing ballast water legislation, to allegedly preserve her states rights to stronger laws,(despite president Obama’s reported rhetoric voicing support for legislation) was as the sponsor of the bill, former Rep Oberstar suggested “BS” and now it is being proven by California’s latest action.
Now after all the wasted money this administration created leaving the states to create useless laws, the Presidents delayed Coast Guard plan will provide a weakened standard with a longer time line and President Obama and the Coast Guard WILL BE PRAISED for creating protection, when THE REALITY will be, that the killing of the legislation, the house voted for in 2008 and the delayed weakened plan will favor the foreign shipping industry more than the American environment and human health. Nor will a weak military plan, be of any help to create quick protection, which would level the playing field for American manufacturing cost by ending the free pass given to foreign ships delivering foreign manufactured goods.
It really is not funny how our politicians waste our money to posture their political stature. Odd Paterson, governor of NY, ask by President Obama to step aside created strong ballast water laws- GONE!, Strickland strong advocate for ballast protection- GONE!, Oberstar creator of national ballast legislation h.r.2830- GONE! Granholm strong advocate for national ballast water regulation mentioned for Obama positions,- GONE- PASSED OVER! Governor Schwarzenegger strong environmental advocate for ballast water, GONE!- coinciding with a newly created weakening of California’s ballast water laws. Senator Boxer the killer of national ballast water laws RETAINED!, with large show of support from President Obama during elections.
It should be obvious to those who have tried to achieve strong protection for all American waters from foreign shipping pollution, that once a new weak purposal from the Coast Guard is official, it will kill the topic, and foreign shipping will have prevailed allowing continued destruction, unabated by the prospect of future stronger protection.
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