Thread: Alert Please read all!!
03-20-2008, 12:02 PM #1
Alert Please read all!!
Legislative Fix In for Federal Boating Permit Debacle.
With six months to go, Congress has finally acted on the issue surrounding “federal boating permits.” Senate Environment and Public Works Chair Barbara Boxer and Senator Bill Nelson have introduced S. 2766, the Clean Boating Act of 2008, which will fully and permanently restore the longstanding regulatory exemption for recreational boats and recreational boats used for charter fishing expeditions from any federal or state permitting under the Clean Water Act.
From previous AWA alerts, you already know environmental extremists convinced a San Francisco judge to eliminate the EPA’s 30 year old common sense exemption for recreational boating.
Without this new protection in place, the EPA will be for! ced to implement a “Federal Boating Permit” system where you will be forced to purchase “permission” to do exactly what you do right now; boating.
This isn’t a “maybe” “might” or a “could.” Instead, this will happen unless congress passes this important pro-people legislation.
Every boater needs to contact their Senator today and strongly urge them to support this common sense measure. For an easy and free way to contact your Senator please click on the following link: www.boatblue.org
Make the call, and stand with us as we preserve and expand boating access to America’s public waterways.
For more information, contact the AWA at 800-913-AWA1.
Think Free. Live Free. Ride Free
03-20-2008, 12:07 PM #2
Got it, Meeper!! Emailing now!! That org site is set up well. Easy to email your Senators.
Last edited by lafjax; 03-20-2008 at 12:11 PM.
03-20-2008, 01:18 PM #3
03-20-2008, 05:53 PM #4
03-26-2008, 02:27 PM #5
I got a quick reply from my senator Bill Nelson from Florida:
Thank you for contacting me regarding exemptions from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations for recreational boating. I have introduced legislation that would protect recreational boaters from burdensome new permitting requirements.
Recreational boaters do not need to obtain operating permits from the EPA, but a recent court decision threatens to eliminate this exemption in September 2008. My bill, the Clean Boating Act of 2008 (S. 2766), would ensure that recreational boaters can operate as they always have--without EPA permits. To help protect the health of the nation's waterways, on which recreational boaters depend, the bill would also require the EPA to examine best-management practices for boaters.
I am committed to preserving Florida’s waterways without placing an undue burden on recreational boaters. I appreciate your interest in this issue, and I hope you will not hesitate to contact me in the future.
03-26-2008, 06:33 PM #6
mind me asking,who are the EPA are they a testing authority?
03-26-2008, 06:38 PM #7
EPA: Environmental Protection Agency...
regulate pretty much everything associated with all "things" that effect the environment. powerplant emissions, underground storage tanks, chemicals, yadda yadda, badda bing
The head of the EPA is part of the presidents cabinet. Pretty powerful. pretty much can do whatever they want.
03-26-2008, 06:42 PM #8
03-27-2008, 07:32 PM #9
I just emailed Charlie Christ.
I hope he does something about it.
Thanks for the info Meeper.
03-28-2008, 12:36 AM #10
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