EPA Proposes New Emission Standards For Big Ships

Law360, New York (November 30, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed new emission standards for large oceangoing ships that would require them to use high-efficiency aftertreatment technology and lower sulfur marine fuels.

Under the proposed rules, container ships, tankers, cruise chips and bulk carriers with new engines would be required to achieve nitrogen oxide reductions of 15-25% by 2011 and roughly 80% by 2016. Meanwhile, large vessels with existing engines built before 2000 would be required to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions 20% by 2012.

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