For Immediate Release

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

EPA Seeks Comment on Proposed Rule for Marine Diesel Engine Emissions

Chicago, IL

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is asking for comments on its plan to publish proposed new emission standards for marine diesel engines.  In its Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued on May 5, the EPA indicated that it is considering the adoption of standards for marine diesel engines that are modeled after highway and non-road diesel engine programs.  These new standards can take effect as early as 2011.

The Advanced Notice precedes an actual proposed rule, providing marine industry stake holders the opportunity to support the proposal, or raise issues with specific elements of the plan.  NMMA has begun analyzing the Notice and will be working closely with the Engine Manufacturers Association, NMMA engine manufacturer members and boat builders to provide comment on the EPA plan.

“This proposal will define technology for future diesel-powered yachts, and we have the opportunity to help craft the rule before it is final.  After a final rule is published we have no options available to us and are basically stuck with what the EPA decides,” says NMMA director of Environmental & Safety Compliance John McKnight. “With more than 10,000 marine diesel engines sold in the US each year, the outcome of this rule will have a tremendous impact on many boat and engine manufacturers.”

McKnight adds that NMMA has been in contact with the Small Business Administration to request that the recreational marine industry be included in the Small Business Regulatory, Enforcement and Fairness Act (SBREFA) panel when it is assembled.  The panel will give small boat builders and marine diesel engine manufacturers the opportunity to outline and seek relief from the economic and technical challenges any possible EPA proposed action might have on the industry.

For information on the EPA Advanced Notice for Proposed Rulemaking on marine diesel engine emissions, contact McKnight at (202) 737-9757;

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