NMMA applauds important relief measure for recreational boating
“The recreational marine industry and boaters throughout the
Introduced by Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Representatives Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio) and Candice Miller (R-Mich.), the Clean Boating Act permanently and fully restores a commonsense regulation that excludes recreational boaters and anglers from the Clean Water Act federal and state permitting system designed for land-based industrial facilities, like sewage treatment plants. Without legislative relief, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was set to implement new permitting regulations for boaters by October 1, 2008.
“This is welcome news for all recreational marine manufacturers across the country,” said Thom Dammrich, NMMA president. “NMMA raised the alarm on this misguided court decision nearly two years ago, and we are thrilled that Congress and the President have prevented the bureaucratic nightmare that was set to become law.”
“NMMA thanks all of its partners in the Boat Blue Coalition, including BoatU.S.,” added Gudes. “Passage of this legislation is a testament to what is possible when our community joins forces and speaks with one voice before key decision-makers.”
Editor Note: An image of the bill signing can be found at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/07/images/20080729-7_p072908cg-0457-515h.html
National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters in the