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The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it has issued a final rule to make technical and editorial corrections throughout titles 33 and 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
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This rule becomes effective on January 21, 2022,
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I believe this appears to show that they intend to keep the best management practices for ballast water uptakes intact. If so the Coast Guard should be commended for having good common sense.
The Coast Guard refers to several executive orders to support their amendments, but they do not seem to mention President Obama’s executive order amending the invasive species act 13751 to consider human health.
“Of substantial growing concern are invasive species that are or may be vectors, reservoirs, and causative agents of disease, which threaten human, animal, and plant health. The introduction, establishment, and spread of invasive species create the potential for serious public health impacts, especially when considered in the context of changing climate conditions. Climate change influences the establishment, spread, and impacts of invasive species.”
Hopefully maybe there will be some more good news to come regarding protecting the Great Lakes with monitoring and guidance for ships to avoid hotspots, along with technology to treat ballast water onboard/ possibly combined with honey barges /and land based disposal creating economic opportunities to keep the antiquated ships viable. Wishful thinking? Lol!