09-11-2008, 08:08 PM #1
EPA Tightens Marine Engine Requirements
EPA Tightens U.S. Marine Engine RequirementsBy: Louis Gerlinger | Thursday, September 11, 2008 12:00:00 AMLast updated: Thursday, September 11, 2008 4:26:00 PMFederal standards will soon mirror existing California regulations.
Photo by: yachtphotography.com LOG NEWS SERVICE — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued new, tougher emission standards for a wide range of gasoline engines, including engines used in recreational watercraft.
The EPA said that the new standards, which apply only to newly manufactured products, include the first national standards for boats powered by sterndrive or inboard engines and carbon monoxide standards for gasoline-powered engines used in recreational watercraft. The regulations will take effect in 2010 and 2011.
“These standards help fight smog in our neighborhoods and waterways as we continue to improve the environmental landscape,” said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson.
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., praised the final EPA rules to limit smog-forming emissions from small engines — including lawn mowers, garden equipment and recreational watercraft.
“This is great news, and the end of a very long road,” Feinstein said. “It will require a 70 percent reduction in emissions from recreational watercraft.”
Feinstein said the new national rules are modeled after rules put into effect in California in January 2007, after the EPA granted the state a Clean Air Act waiver in December 2006.
“We applaud the EPA decision. This measure will assure quality products with dramatically reduced emissions,” said California Air Resources Board spokesman Dimitri Stanich.
“I should point out that Californians need not concern themselves with these federal regulations, as we have required similar standards for new engines sold here for many years.
“For EPA to mirror our regulations to a federal level substantiates the sound economic analysis and health-protective reasoning California takes when crafting air quality regulations,” Stanich said.
The Associated Press reported Sept. 4 that the adoption of the regulation by the EPA had been delayed for years by opposition from Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond, R-Mo., who took up the cause of small engine manufacture Briggs & Stratton Corp., which builds many of its engines in Missouri. The final rule Sept. 4 was issued more than a year after the draft rule came out in April 2007.
Bond and fellow Appropriations Committee member Feinstein spent years sparring over the issue, after California sought EPA permission to implement its own small engine controls in 2003, the AP said.
Bond tried to insert language in a spending bill to keep California from doing so, but backed off under pressure from Feinstein -- and California began implementing its rules last year. Bond did succeed in blocking other states from being able to copy California’s rule, something that the Clean Air Act normally allows, the AP reported. Instead Bond required EPA to write the national standard that was issued Sept. 4.
The EPA estimates that the social costs of the new engines and equipment control programs to be about $459 million in 2030 with consumers of these products expected to bear about 86 percent of these costs.
When California adopted its new emission standards it was estimated that the cost of a compliant marine engine was between $600 and $1,800 more than the cost of a comparable non-compliant engine.
A report from The Associated Press was used in this story.
This article first appeared in the September 2008 issue of The Log Newspaper. All or parts of the information contained in this article might be outdated.
09-11-2008, 08:24 PM #2
09-11-2008, 11:29 PM #3
Sad, so sad. It will only get worse if a Democrat is elected. I do not want to turn this into a political thread, so mods, delete this if you want to, but I had to speak out because it is the truth!
09-12-2008, 07:27 PM #4
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i think its a good think i dont want to wreck the lakes and water ways i ride in. lets face it we dump a ton of pollution into them with current boats and pwc.
09-16-2008, 01:39 PM #5
My Hondas are good...love that increased cost factor passed on to the consumers...I mean, since they started giving gas away lately, I really need else something to spend my money on
09-16-2008, 10:40 PM #6
09-16-2008, 10:49 PM #7
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09-17-2008, 01:17 PM #8
Keep the sense of community folks.....stick together...
...the true issue about water quality management has more to do with urban runoff than vessel activities. The nearshore habitats and marine life are being impacted from this, but each activity must be addressed to show a cause for an effect, so that the flag can be waved. For instance at Lake Perris in Socal, a very high level of E-coli bacteria has been a recurring problem. The signs say no diapers allowed on children in the water. You used to see them littering the shore, (still do) this is also a health issue, but can be remedied. Through harsh enforcement measures. If an issue is identified, measures will be taken.
I am not a big fan of more government. In fact I think that is a problem with government and its true failing, always creating more layers to justify a position. I think that government should address 'management' of policies and rules instead of creating so many that overlap and fail because of poor management.
Yes nature is getting stressed, but through ALL human activity, not just boating per se, but politicians and government employees of the largest corporaton n in the world the US government must continue to justify their job or what? Dare say they would have to run it like a real business and show good stewardship and results that rest on their own (group) merits...LOL
So, nothing will be as it was, everything will continue to follow this vein...like it or not. Until we the people pull the plug, but we are too comfortable, we waste our voice on forums and not in the public political scene, so we are also a part of the problem.
So, here we go with yet another ruling...
Now how about them garden pesticides? LOL
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09-17-2008, 01:56 PM #9
09-17-2008, 02:06 PM #10
I agree, it is so obvious about self replication. Imagine if we didn't pass any new laws for an entire year across the States, but instead took those human resources, monies and timelines and put them back into the infrastructure, such as repairing our roadways....LOL Naw, never gonna happen.....LOL Not to say that all government is bad, it isn't, it is necessary as well, but to become balanced? LOL
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