"It's complex and boaters will now have to follow requirements that are in the permit program," Mathew Dunn, manager of natural resource and economic policy for the NMMA, told Soundings Trade Only.
says they're going to just automatically cover recreational boats under 79 feet.
But the permit program also requires boaters to take certain actions, to do management practices; they may have to meet water quality affluent standards for their discharges.
"So they may be automatically covered by the permit, but in order to comply, how is the agency going to educate and inform the nation's 18 million boat operators what exactly they're supposed to do to comply with this new mandate?," Dunn
said, the EPA
says it can do this nationwide, which has not been tried before and could be the subject of a future lawsuit.
The proposal also allows individual states to implement their own boating permits, creating the potential for mass confusion.
The EPA's proposal also would subject boaters to $32,500 per violation, per day in penalties.
"The more you dig into the details of this proposal, the more complex it becomes," Dunn
"This sort of uncertainty is not acceptable.
If this is the best EPA
can do, it just reiterates and reemphasizes the importance of passing the Clean Boating Act as soon as possible."
said the bills have moved out of House
and Senate committees and are waiting to be scheduled for a vote in both chambers of Congress.
Mathew P. Dunn
National Marine Manufacturers Association
or contact Mathew Dunn
at (202) 737-9760; firstname.lastname@example.org.