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States win ballast-water ruling | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 6 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jul 26, 2011, titled States win ballast-water ruling | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

A federal appeals court refused to prohibit states from being tougher than the federal government on ships that discharge ballast water, a leading culprit in the spread of invasive species such as zebra and quagga mussels in U.S. coastal waterways and the Great Lakes.

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Spooey

Cleveland, OH

#1 Jul 26, 2011
They should bring the "soupy mixtures teem with fish, bacteria and other organisms" down and dump them in the Scioto River to help improve what is already there.
mjh

United States

#2 Jul 26, 2011
Cheers, a victory for people who worry about and suffer the consequences of invasive species.

Since: May 11

Columbus, OH

#3 Jul 26, 2011
Spooey wrote:
They should bring the "soupy mixtures teem with fish, bacteria and other organisms" down and dump them in the Scioto River to help improve what is already there.
I fish the Scioto above the O'Shaughnessy where u can wade through and there are 5 types of bass, including smallies, 2 types of catfish some of which are the size of a child, and I've even pulled a Northern pike outta there before. The Scioto doesn't need any help with its wildlife, definitely one of my favorite honey-holes.
BillS

United States

#4 Jul 26, 2011
So republicans want smaller federal gonerment and regulations in order to allow states to rule as they see fit...unless it benefits big business. The federal regulations (albeit weak) should rule, and states can go screw themselves. Sounds about right. There needs to be a realization at some point that big business bonuses need to be used to make these companies more responsible. Developing new technologies, while expensive, also help to create jobs. Unfortunately, anything that hurts the bottom line, and thus trickle down economics, is bad policy according to republicans.
BillS

United States

#5 Jul 26, 2011
BillS wrote:
So republicans want smaller federal gonerment and regulations in order to allow states to rule as they see fit...unless it benefits big business. The federal regulations (albeit weak) should rule, and states can go screw themselves. Sounds about right. There needs to be a realization at some point that big business bonuses need to be used to make these companies more responsible. Developing new technologies, while expensive, also help to create jobs. Unfortunately, anything that hurts the bottom line, and thus trickle down economics, is bad policy according to republicans.
government, that should be. Stupid smartphone.:)
Lewis Center

Columbus, OH

#7 Jul 26, 2011
Invasive species costs Billions per year in Damage. In particular the zebra Mussel damage increases the cost of water purification and maintenance on the infrastructure. This is a hidden tax brought on by inaction from Congress. Yet the prevention cost is less than a billion. Political idealogy gets in the way of good government....Ah the "American Way" gotta love it.

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