WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 (UPI) — Clean air rules proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will cost Great Lakes shippers tens of millions of dollars a year, a trade group says.
The Lake Carriers Association says the cost of the proposed new rules could force many members out of business, The Hill reported Friday.
The EPA is scheduled to release a final version in December of new rules requiring all ships that operate in the Great Lakes to use cleaner fuels and modify engines to cut particulate nitrogen oxide and sulfur oxide emissions.
James Weakley, president of the Lake Carriers Association, says his group estimates complying with the changes will cost shippers $210 million a year.
Weakley says the additional expense will force 25 percent of the Great Lakes fleet to discontinue operations.
Great Lakes shippers transport iron ore from Minnesota, coal from Wisconsin, salt from Ohio and limestone and sand from Michigan.
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