EPA Adopts Strong Standards for Large Ships to Curb Air Pollution
This rule, under the Clean Air Act, complements a key piece of EPA’s strategy to designate an emissions control area (ECA) for thousands of miles of U.S. and Canadian coasts. The International Maritime Organization (IMO), a United Nations agency, is set to vote in March 2010 on the adoption of the joint U.S.-Canada ECA, which would result in stringent standards for large foreign-flagged and domestic ships operating within the designated area.
The rule adds two new tiers of NOX standards and strengthens EPA’s diesel fuel program for affected ships. Further, EPA worked with stakeholders and Members of Congress to ensure that the emission reductions are achievable without compromising safety or the maritime economy.
This action represents another milestone in EPA’s decade-long effort to reduce pollution from both new and existing diesel engines under the National Clean Diesel Campaign.
More information on the rule and coordinated strategy: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/oceanvessels.htm