Environmental groups are urging Wisconsin Senators Russ Feingold and Herb Kohl to oppose the Coast Guard Authorization Act. At issue is whether the law would force the ships to comply with the Clean Water Act. The proposed law that is currently in the U.S. Senate does not require compliance with the Clean Water Act. Also at issue is the lax time frame that may not require some ships to upgrade to better ballast water treatment systems until as late as 2021.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Conservation groups warn of hole in ballast water bill