Environmental groups are threatening the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a lawsuit that could result in additional regulations for boatbuilders.
Soundings Trade Only reported that the Sierra Club and California Communities Against Air Toxics said in an Aug. 26 letter recently posted to the EPA’s website that the agency failed to review toxics standards for 46 industries, including the marine industry, as required by the Clean Air Act of 1990.
According to the law, the EPA had eight years after finalizing the boatbuilder Maximum Achievable Control Technology in 2001 to perform the assessment, called a residual risk review, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association.
The agency has yet to conduct reviews of several industries because of staffing issues, and more recently because of sequestration and budget cuts, NMMA director of environmental and safety compliance John McKnight told Trade Only Today.
“Clearly they have failed in what they were required to do under the law, so I anticipate that the courts will order them to do it,” McKnight told Soundings Trade Only.
It will take time for the matter to work its way through the court system, McKnight says.
“It’s something we need to follow closely, but it won’t be something that we need to react to immediately,” McKnight said. “But it’s important that boatbuilders are notified because … it’s going to come and, when it comes, it’s going to be a big deal.”
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