Despite court rejection, CARB will enforce ship emission rules

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | 3/17/2008

Trucking isn’t the only industry being sized up by the California Air Resources Board.

According to media reports, CARB will enforce a requirement that ships use low-sulfur fuel for auxiliary engines while within 24 miles of the California Coast – even though that regulation has been struck down at two court levels.

The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association sued CARB’s ban on bunker fuel, successfully obtaining an injunction that forced CARB to quit enforcing the regulation in August, reported Lloyd’s List, a maritime news Web site.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit struck down the regulation on Feb. 27, following a loss by CARB at the U.S. District level last year.

CARB issued a notice to shippers, however, that it will resume enforcing the auxiliary engine fuel standard.

“Because of significant adverse health impacts from human exposure to air pollutants emitted by ocean-going vessels in California waters, CARB has decided to resume enforcement of the regulation to protect public health in California while its appeal with the Ninth Circuit is pending,” the notice read.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer

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