10 State AGs Urge Senate To Reject Vessel Discharge Bill

By Linda Chiem (February 15, 2017, 8:52 PM EST) -- New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and nine other state attorneys general called on U.S. Senate leaders Wednesday to reject legislation they say would dramatically weaken states' authority to protect waterways against pollution from commercial shipping vessels.

Schneiderman, along with the attorneys general of California, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington, sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., strongly urging them to oppose S. 168, the Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act.

"This legislation, currently under consideration in the U.S. Senate, resurrects previous attempts to dismantle federal...

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