U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encouraged to include foreign ships in NOx regulation

Niels Tholen - 20 September 2013

Following the International Maritime Organisation's decision to postpone Tier III legislation for Maritime vessels from 2016 to 2021, the North American governments have decided to press ahead with emission standards nonetheless.

While a decision is yet to be made whether to include foreign vessels in the legislation, the non-governmental organization Friends of the Earth has sent a letter to the U.S. EPA asking it to include foreign vessels entering American coastal waters.

Tier III legislation currently includes domestic vessels but pressure is increasing on the EPA to include new foreign-flagged ships by 2016 as well.

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