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Calif. Adopts World's Strongest Ship Fuel Standard

Law360 (July 25, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- California has enacted a strict new regulation forcing ships near the state's coastline to use cleaner fuel after a federal appeals court struck down a similar rule in February.

The new policy, passed by the California Air Resources Board Thursday, will force any oceangoing vessels sailing within 24 nautical miles of the shore to power their crafts with cleaner, lower-sulfur fuel.

The regulation is set to go into effect in two steps, beginning 2009 and 2012. The board estimates this measure will remove 15 tons of...
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