Alaska sues to block low-sulfur fuel requirement for ships

By REUTERS
July 14, 2012 06:22

 
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The state of Alaska sued the Obama administration on Friday to block environmental regulations that would require ships sailing in southern Alaska waters to use low-sulfur fuel.

The lawsuit, filed in US District Court in Anchorage, challenges the new federal regulations, which require the use of low-sulfur fuel for large marine vessels such as cargo and cruise ships.

The rule is scheduled to be enforced starting on Aug. 1 by the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Coast Guard for ships operating within 322 kilometers of the shores of southeastern and south-central Alaska, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit faults the EPA, the Department of Homeland Security and others for using a marine treaty amendment as the basis for the new federal regulations without waiting for ratification of that amendment by the US Senate.

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