What Can the BSW Environmental Group do for the Maritime Industry?

Most commercial and industrial businesses are subject to various degrees of environmental regulation and the Maritime industry is no exception.

The BSW Environmental Section can provide specific assistance to:

  • Determine compliance with Coast Guard regulations
  • Identify the need for specific regulatory plans, such as the
    • Operations Manual
    • Response Plan
  • Determine applicability of Vessel General Permit
  • Spill response coordination and interaction with regulatory agencies

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Costly Rules Will Move Forward Now That Election Is Over

Now that the national election has passed, many of the environmental regulations that were delayed or put on hold before the election are moving or will move forward. These are regulations that were in various stages of development prior to the election but which were delayed for various reasons. Many said at the time that the Obama Administration was not willing to face the economic consequences of these rules at a politically inconvenient time.

The ozone standard provides a general example of the regulations to be implemented over the next four years. In March, 2008, the ozone standard was lowered to 0.075 parts per million (ppm) from 0.080 ppm. However, in 2009, the Obama Administration announced it would review that action because it was not stringent enough. EPA claimed that the standard should be between 0.060 and 0.070 ppm to be fully protective of human health. Eventually, the EPA settled on 0.070 ppm, which would create a situation in which at least 650 counties violate the lower standard and would thus be subject to more stringent permitting (and economically costly) regulations. However, in 2011, at the outset of the election cycle, it was announced that the review would be put on hold until 2013, the next mandated review period. It was widely reported at the time that the decision to delay the review until 2013 was politically motivated. In other words, the administration did not want to implement the lower standard because it would negatively impact employment at a politically sensitive time.
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