Senate ballast water bill S3332 and States rights
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#1 Jul 12, 2012
There is again new purposed legislation and the current wording of the text seems to limit state rights to any treaties the federal government enters into or is engaged in. The problem is the standards of this bill are also inadequate and the federal government under this administration wants to follow an outdated, not yet ratified plan that many states also find inadequate. By using this wording, and with quick ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty being called for by Secretary of State Clinton it appears they will succeed in tying the not locking the protection of American waters to a standard created by the International Maritime Organization which is made up of primarily foreign economic business interest bringing foreign manufactured goods into the US.
#2 Jul 12, 2012
I wonder if the ST. Lawrence Seaway is International dose this mean it would be covered under international treaties not allowing state rights to add further protections
#3 Jul 15, 2012
As the broadcast media avoids the issues concerning ballast water and globalization it has been hard to express how cheap foreign goods produced overseas brought to America is not good, when a elitist establishment promotes anything global as great.
Watching Bill Moyers today it was refreshing to see a well educated, respected lady talking for her purpose to provide a better chance to have a self sustaining food supply for the world hungry, she even expand to other problems of economic globalization, such as foreign goods brought to Walmart by ships
#4 Jul 16, 2012
A good bill should take into consideration the need to provide an ultimate goal of zero tolerance by pushing for mandatory shorter deadlines with incentives for new technology to be developed. Retrofitting of existing ships using the highest approved technology needs to begin immediately. Short mandatory reviews to increase the standard every couple of years, will create the incentive for shipping to invest now as more research and development will be fostered in order to meet mandatory timelines and the better technologies may cost more
A good bill will understand the unique characteristic of the ST. Lawrence river and the Great Lakes and the local areas of pollution and it will understand it can not be considered one ecosystem. Technology is need on ships used exclusively on the Great Lakes to prevent further spread of toxic algae, existing invasive s, chemical pollutions, and even invasive carp fighting their way in from the Illinois Sanitary canal.
A good bill will understand the need to deal with coastal transportation of oil.
A good bill will address problems of the Mississippi river.
In the future science may understand even greater dangers along with untold problems, and a good bill should never allow for American environmental laws to be subject to International Treaties or agreement without a simple easy procedure to guarantee any change of standards needed for American waters can be easily instituted. This is needed in order to protect our countries autonomy in determining the environmental laws used to govern our waters.
A good bill should be comprehensive including invasive s, chemical, all pollutions, and all of the aspects associated with homeland security.
A good bill would not make it hard for a State to ask for help with stronger protection should they need to.
A good bill would not allow unequal treatment of States rights for different waterways by forcing States to accept international agreements and treaties with a weaker standard than they believe is adequate.
A good bill should not be decades long to appease costs for a mostly foreign shipping industry polluting American waters and risking Americans health while bringing foreign manufactured goods into America at the expense of American manufacturing jobs.
These are a few of my thoughts on what a “good bill” should contain
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