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Old 05-10-2008, 09:15 AM
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Old 05-10-2008, 10:17 AM
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Everyone needs to click on this!
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Old 05-13-2008, 12:30 AM
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Got this back yesterday from Senator Ben Cardin : [email protected]

Dear Mr. Shannon:

Thank you for contacting me in support of S. 2766, the Clean Boating Act of 2008 , of which I am a co-sponsor. I have long been an advocate for the recreational boaters of Maryland , who can find some of nature's most rewarding pleasures on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its many tributaries.

For good reason , recreational boaters across the nation have been exempted from the Environmental Protection Agency's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements. Management of discharge water on small recreational vessels - such as engine cooling water, deck runoff, bilge water, and other gray water -- is often not feasible , and the damage such water discharges ha s on ecosystems and the water qualit y is minimal . If applied to small recreational vessels, NPDES permit requirements would be onerous and prohibitive to Maryland families who enjoy the rivers and waterways of the Chesapeake Bay .

For this reason, I have co-sponsored S. 2766, the Clean Boating Act of 2008, which was introduced by Senator Bill Nelson on March 13, 2008. This bill would amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify that no permit shall be required for the discharge from a recreational vessel of any gray water, bilge water, cooling water, weather deck runoff, oil water separator effluent , or effluent from properly functioning marine engines, or any other discharge that is incidental to the normal operation of a vessel . On March 13, 2008, this bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works , of which I am a member. P lease be assured that I will urge my colleagues on th e Committee to press for consideration of this important legislation.

I appreciate your sharing you views on this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact me again about this or any other issue of concern to you.
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Old 05-13-2008, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Pismo10 View Post
This kind of crap is inevitable right now. It is so hip right now to be enviro-friendly that nothing will stop this kind of ridiculousness. The left is going to be running things for a while, but that will be the best thing to happen to conservative causes since Jimmy Carter.
The issue now is while a conservative admin is in control. It surprised me to see the predominantly Democrat advocacy of this bill. Perhaps those with Republican representatives and Senators can try to gain their support for this permanent exemption as well.

I think one of the problems is that they really don't understand what's at stake here. I don't think many boaters understand what's at stake with the Ethanol mandates either. Lest I remind you the dummy that's proposed them My personal greeting card for him.
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