Calif. Can’t Regulate Ship Emissions: 9th Circuit

Law360, New York (February 27, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal appeals court has determined that California cannot force ships to use cleaner fuel when they approach the state’s ports without getting the green light from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The California Air Resources Board’s marine vessel rules, which became effective in January 2007, aim to limit fuel emissions from ships coming within 24 miles of the state’s coastline. The regulations require ships to power their auxiliary diesel engines with fuel that discharges less particulate matter, nitrogen oxide and sulfur oxide.

The federal Clean...
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