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Clean Boating Act

Updated: July 30, 2008, 4:16 PM ET
By Liz Mitchell | IslandPacket.com

Recreational boaters can breathe a sigh of relief.

Two bills, one of which President Bush already has signed, will exempt them from having to obtain environmental permits usually required for large commercial and ocean-going ships. Congress passed the bills last week.

In 2005, a U.S. District Court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to create a new permitting system by September 2008 that would regulate pollutant discharges for all vessels.

It would have required all ...

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