OAK PARK, Ill. – The Marine Retailers Association of America is asking all dealers to contact their Senators immediately to ask them to co-sponsor S. 2766, the Clean Boating Act of 2008, according to a recent statement from the association.
“Congress has only six months to correct a terrible wrong imposed on recreational boating by a Federal District judge that would require every boat owner to obtain a yearly federal or state permit to operate every boat owned in every state the boat operates in,” MRAA explained. “The cost could go to $2,000.00 per boat per state.”
These permits would apply to deck run off, bilge water, engine cooling water and any other water-based operational discharge from a recreational boat, according to the association. The fines based on citizen suits range up to $32,000 per day. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is already writing the required new federal rule, which is set to go operational on Oct. 1, MRAA reported.
For assistance in this process, dealers can visit the Web site, www.boatblue.org. For further information, contact the MRAA Washington office at 301-858-7149 or LarryInnis@aol.com
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