Environmentalists Threaten Suit Over Ballast Rule

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Environmental groups say they may renew a legal battle if the federal government doesn’t toughen proposed regulations of ship ballast water that has brought invasive species such as zebra mussels to the Great Lakes.

Groups have gone to court twice to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to crack down on ballast water disposal.

The agency now requires ships to exchange the water at sea. In November, EPA proposed requiring vessels to install equipment that would kill at least some organisms remaining in the tanks.

The rule is based on an international standard that shippers say is the best they can do with existing technology.

But environmental groups said Tuesday the rules aren’t strong enough to prevent more species invasions and they may sue again unless EPA toughens them.

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  • Richard Cheese

    The EPA is a freaking joke, not to mention being a bunch of Govt. backed extortionists.

    • Jim

      I support their efforts to keep invasive species out of local lakes and other areas. It’s important to me that Minnesota’s native species are protected.

  • Rube

    It will never be enough for Environmentalists…. They do anything possible to stand in the way of commerece or progress.

  • G Dog

    So Richard Cheese and Rube support more invasive species like spiny water flea and zebra mussels that mess up or native waters.

    Really guys, you need to get help for that meth habit.

  • Swamp Rat

    Wouldn’t it be nice if the environmental do-gooders come up with workable and viable solutions for these salt water vessels that dump ocean ballast into the Great Lakes? As a former Lakes Mariner, the ships I worked and crews I worked with were very concerned about protecting the waters they sailed on. Salt water vessels entering the Lakes hardly ever followed the rules to the letter.

    The technology and engineering exists to process ballast water influence and effluence but the old excuse of ship owners of expensive practices doesn’t hold ‘ballast’ anymore. Lakes shippers and seaman, American & Canadian, have practicing green procedures for years.

    So why can’t the foreign vessels and crews do the same? It costs more to fight environmental issues than to solve/correct them and institute practices or procedures that benefit Mother Earth. There is no excuse to ruin our most precious Earth resource–Our Water!

    Think about it! The environ you save may be your own green spaces.

    • Swamp Rat

      p.s.; It is cheaper in the long run to protect ourselves and green space now.

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