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    Sunday, October 14, 2007

    Petition for Tighter Standards of Large Ocean Going Vessels Filed with EPA

    On October 3 of 2007, a group of environmental advocates filed a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency to set new and stricter pollution standards for large ocean going vessels. The group was comprised of Earthjustice, Oceana, Friends of the Earth, and the Center for Biological Diversity. The group based their petition on the 2007 decision by the Supreme Court which states that the Clean Air Act gives the EPA authority to address global warming.

    This petition marks a major step in the regulation of standards of marine vessels. These greener standards could be imposed not just in the U.S. but any country one might choose to visit. It is clear the future of the marine industry is in more efficient and cleaner vessels. We can anticipate that new designs will only reflect this trend. It may not just be fashionable to build a green ship such as Ethereal the 190-foot, $50 million superyacht being built by Bill Joy, the co-founder of Sun Microsystems. In the coming years, regulations may require green boating.

    View article on EPA petition here at Oceana
    View article on Ethereal


    1 comment:

    Anonymous said...

    Finally somebody is going to say something about the major amounts of pollution these monsters are spewing out!!!
    I can only imagine the damage that one of these MEGA yachts can inflict on a single marine environment!!
    Let alone what they can do to change an underwater ecosystem!
    As a diver I have seen some of the devastation that they can cause!!

    Jerimiah Johnson

    M/Y Intrinsic