California passes nation’s toughest emissions rules for ships

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — California officials have ordered the nation’s toughest rules requiring ocean-going ships to reduce their emissions as they approach the state’s coastline, the San Francisco Examiner reported. The California Air Resources Board voted unanimously to require ships to switch to cleaner fuels near the coast. A debate between the shipping industry and the regulators continues over whether the state has jurisdiction over waters within 3 miles or 24 miles of its coastline.
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By Professional Mariner Staff