Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Court Approves MPCA Vessel Discharge Permit Rules

The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (PCA) new regulations to control ballast water discharges from ships on Lake Superior.

The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy had filed suit against the PCA saying the agency was moving too slowly and had standards too lax to regulate ballast water. The group wanted tougher standards on ships imposed sooner than 2012 for new ships and 2016 for existing ships the PCA has called for.

The court’s decision upholds the rules promulgated by the PCA last year for nearly all ships that discharge any ballast water or carry ballast water through Minnesota waters of Lake Superior.

[Read more about Vessel Discharge Permits]

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