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Clean Hull Act Of 2009

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. LoBIONDO. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

I'd like to start off by saying that I strongly support H.R. 3618, the Clean Hull Act of 2009. I want to thank Mr. Cummings and Mr. Oberstar for their help and cooperation in putting this bill together. The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure first considered the topics addressed by this bill in June, and I'm very pleased to see that we're considering legislation to implement these international rules so quickly.

The bill would adopt the requirements of the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-Fouling Systems on Ships for purposes of U.S. law. Under the bill, use of toxic tin-based anti-fouling paints would be prohibited. These compounds have had a very negative significant impact on marine environments when they are leached into the water column from vessels' hulls. The United States has already taken steps to prohibit the use of these compounds by prohibiting the manufacture or sale of such marine paints. The bill would complete the process by allowing the United States to join as a party to the Convention in preventing foreign vessels treated with tin-based paints from entering U.S. waters.

I appreciate the assistance that has been provided by the Coast Guard and the EPA during the process to craft this bill, and I urge all Members to support the bill.

I reserve the balance of my time.

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