EPA Taking a Swing at Recreational Boaters

June 10, 2008

The EPA has announced regulations that will require all boaters (including those on the water exclusively for recreation) to purchase a permit to operate. This permit is primarily designed to stop large ships from discharging ballast water into lakes and rivers, but has caught all boat types in the net. This means you may be paying several hundred dollars by Labor Day to continue boating legally. Wonder how this affects the boat cover market…

New York Senator Chuck Schumer thinks the new rules are dumb and is fighting them with his own bill, that will exempt small boats from the new rules. Let’s hope he wins.

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