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Old 07-15-2008, 12:15 AM
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H.R. 5949/ S, 2766 Must Pass by Sept. 30, 2008 to Avoid New Regulations on Boaters

Unless Congress passes the Clean Boating Act before September 30, 2008, every recreational boater in the country will have to obtain a federal or state permit just to operate their boat.

Without passage of the Clean Boating Act (H.R. 5949/S. 2766) before Sept. 2008, boaters will face yearly fees, bureaucratic red tape, confusing and potential state-by-state regulations, citizen lawsuits and $32,000 per day penalties for non-compliance. These permits would apply to deck run-off, bilge water, engine cooling water and any other water-based, operational discharge from a recreational boat, which have never been considered pollutants in 35 years of the Clean Water Act. The Environmental Protection Agency, due to a sweeping court order, is already writing this unprecedented new regulation for these everyday overboard water discharges. ...
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hung4wheeler, Do you have any other info on this!!
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ill see if there is any updates on the matter ill see if i can find a phone # so people can call for more info ok
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http://timesunion.com/AspStories/sto...sdate=6/3/2008

http://capitalnews9.com/content/top_...s/Default.aspx

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Default 2008 Clean Boating Act Passed

The 2008 Clean Boating Act has passed both houses and is on it's way to the President for final signature...

http://www.nmma.org/news/news.asp?id=17419&sid=3
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I just read some of that legislation passed to continue to exclude the recreational boaters from the clean water act. I can't believe that someone stepped up with some common sense. I'm going to go back and read it again in its entirety. ( I want to make sure) Thank you Reel Force for posting the link. The tree huggers and the nitwits with the badges must've had chubbies going. Now they can all sit down with the Maytag man and polish their " weapons". Those brains would have you plugging the drain holes in your Yak or collecting the run-off from your surfboard.
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Default Law exempts boaters from tough EPA permit requirements.

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LOG NEWS SERVICE ” In a significant victory for the nation's 13 million registered recreational boat owners, President George W. Bush on July 29 signed into law the Clean Boating Act of 2008, which permanently restores the long-standing exemption for recreational boats from permitting requirements under the federal Clean Water Act.


Photo by: Chris Greenburg/White House photo
Sign of Relief
President George W. Bush signed the Clean Boating Act of 2008
into law aboard Air Force One, as Rep. Steven LaTourette (left)
and Rep. Patrick Tiberi looked on.

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., introduced the legislation, S. 2766, in March with Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., as lead co-sponsor. The measure, which had 38 bipartisan Senate cosponsors, won unanimous passage in both the Senate and House of Representatives.
Nelson said that the measure was needed because the courts had ruled that the wording of an old federal clean-water law applied not just to huge boats and tankers, as Congress had intended, but to tiny fishing and skiing boats as well.
"This was a matter of common sense," Nelson said. "Imagine: the federal government applying measures that cover big tankers to millions of little boats."
Passage of the measure came just in time. Fines were to go into effect by Sept. 30. Under the proposed government rules, boat owners could have faced inspections and fines of up to $32,500 per day for allowing deck water and incidental spills to go overboard.
Boxer, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works played a key role in getting the legislation through the Senate.
The Clean Boating Act provides a balanced approach, protecting our waters from pollution while minimizing the burden on recreational boaters. Now that the president has signed it into law, the Clean Boating Act will ensure that our lakes, rivers and seashores are protected and that millions of recreational boaters in California and across America can continue enjoy our nation's waterways," Boxer said.
"NMMA raised the alarm on the misguided court decision nearly two years ago, and we are thrilled that Congress and the president have prevented the bureaucratic nightmare that was set to become law," said Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association.
"NMMA thanks all of its partners in the Boat Blue Coalition, including BoatU.S.," said Scott Gudes, NMMA vice president of government relations. "Passage of this legislation is a testament to what is possible when our community joins forces and speaks with one voice before key decision makers."
"The real success of this campaign rests squarely on the shoulders of this country's millions of recreational boaters and anglers," said Margaret Podlich, BoatU.S. vice president of government affairs. "Without their loud collective voice, we would not have reached this momentous event."
More than 925 boaters sent messages to their representatives in favor of the Clean Boating Act
In addition to signing the legislation for recreational boaters, Bush on July 31 signed a separate measure (S. 3298) authored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, establishing a two-year moratorium on incidental discharge permits for commercial fishing vessels and for all other commercial boats less than 79 feet while the Environmental Protection Agency conducts an environmental impact study on vessel discharges.
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Thanks Jim.....I'll have to copy it and post it in the boat yard. Most of those people have no idea of the bullet they just dodged.
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When does this "Act" actually begin?
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When does this "Act" actually begin?
YM read the thread.
The Federal Clean Boating Act was signed on July 29th 2008,
permanently restoring the long-standing exemption for recreational boaters.
This law was designed for large tankers and took effect for applicable vessels
beginning September 30, 2008.
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