Friday, March 26, 2004

Replacing the Ballast

U.S. lawmakers and environmentalists are speaking out about the International Maritime Organization's new ballast water regulations, saying that they're too weak to do any good. As reported by the Kansas City Star, the IMO settled on 10-50 non-native organisms per 1 cubic meter of ballast water (depending on their size), but the U.S. wanted .01 organisms per 1 m^3. The regulations aren't set to go into effect until the year 2016. For background about this historic international agreement, brokered by the United Nation's IMO, check out these previous ISW entries.

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