URGENT Action Alert: Say "NO" to Loose Rules for Great Lakes Ships!
"The U.S. Senate is poised to vote as early as tomorrow on eliminating Clean Water Act protections that prevent aquatic invasive species from entering U.S. waters through the discharge of ballast water. Tucked into the Coast Guard authorization bill is the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act—a bill that exempts the shipping industry from complying with the Clean Water Act. The bill puts in place weaker, ineffective standards that will leave U.S. waters vulnerable to future aquatic invasive species that currently cost U.S. businesses, utilities, communities, and municipalities millions of dollars per year in damages and control costs."
(Healing Our Waters Coalition)
Save the Dunes is joining conservation groups across the U.S. to ask our senators to oppose the Coast Guard bill unless the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act is removed. Reasons for opposing the bill include: 1) The bill eliminates Clean Water Act protections over ship discharges including ballast water; 2) it removes the U.S. EPA from its scientific role in deciding what standards are needed to protect U.S. rivers, lakes, and oceans from new invaders; and 3) it abolishes the ability of citizens to take action to protect their waters from invasive species.
"Ballast water is a gateway for invasive species and therefore a tremendous threat to our Great Lakes," says Natalie Johnson, Executive Director of Save the Dunes. "We must urge our Senators to oppose this bill in order to keep Indiana's Lake Michigan healthy and protected."
Drop Senators Todd Young and Joe Donnelly an urgent message asking to oppose the Coast Guard Bill unless the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act is removed!
Senator Joe Donnelly
p: (202) 224-4814
Senator Todd Young
p: (202) 224-5623
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