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US EPA amended rule to allow sale of 0.5% sulphur marine fuel

On Wednesday, 18 December 2019, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) amended its diesel fuel regulations aiming to allow fuel suppliers distribute distillate diesel fuel that complies with the Sulphur standard that applies internationally for ships instead of the fuel standards that otherwise apply to distillate diesel fuel in the US. 

USCG increases limits of liability for ships under OPA 90

The US Oil Pollution Act 1990 (OPA 90) provides for an adjustment of the limits of liability according to increase in Consumer Price Index (CPI) not less than ever three years. On 13 August 2019, the USCG published a final rule to increase limits of liability for vessels under OPA 90.

OPA 90: The recipe for success, lessons learned and further actions to be taken

There is an ongoing consensus in the shipping industry that Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) is by far the most effective implemented legislation worldwide. But what differentiates the success of this regulation from several other regimes concerning maritime like SOLAS, MARPOL, STCW, ISM or TMSA? Furthermore, should we expect any regulatory updates? And, is there further need to improve the level of understanding and the level of implementation of the OPA 90?

Western Australia’s EPA withdraws GHG guidelines

Western Australia’s EPA announced it is withdrawing its revised GHG guidelines from application. EPA’s Environmental Factor Guidance, released in early March, aimed to help proponents of significant proposals in the State prepare for an environmental assessment by the EPA.

US EPA provides ports of NY/NJ with $2 million to reduce air pollution

US EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, announced that it has provided the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey with $2 million to replace up to 80 model year 2006 and older short-haul trucks that service Port Authority facilities with cleaner, newer model year trucks by offering truckers up to 50% of the cost to scrap and replace each vehicle up to $25,000.

EPA awards Port of Baltimore with $2.4m for engine and equipment boost

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore with US $2.4 million to repower marine engines and upgrade equipment that is used to move cargo to reduce emissions at the port. The EPA funding comes from a ‘Diesel Emission Reduction Act’ grant.

US EPA finalizes Renewable Fuel Standard for 2019

The US EPA has issued a final rule for the 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program, with the total US renewable fuel volume requirement set 3% higher than the 2018 mandate, but nearly 30% lower than the statutory volume standards set forth by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007).

US EPA requires Honolulu boatyard to reduce pollution

US EPA has reached an agreement with ship repair facility Keehi Marine, Inc. to reduce pollution in its stormwater discharges to Keehi Lagoon and the Pacific Ocean. By November, the boatyard must ensure that its discharges meet the requirements of its state stormwater discharge permit. 

EPA announces new audit program for oil and gas sector

The US Environmental Protection Agency is developing a New Owner Clean Air Act Audit Program designed for the oil and natural gas sector. This program will provide environmentally protective efficiencies and certainty in the oil and natural gas sector based on the Agency’s analysis of the sector’s unique operations.