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This update is being copied and posted from the "NMMA Currents" which is a newsletter distributed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association:


EPA Releases Draft Permit Proposal Today


Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its Clean Water Act proposal in the Federal Register. The proposal seeks to impose new, unprecedented requirements on recreational boaters, forcing them to learn and follow specific practices mandated by the federal government in order to operate their boats and manage everyday, overboard water discharges.


EPA's proposal serves as further confirmation that boating enthusiasts need to unite and actively work to help pass the Clean Boating Act of 2008 (S. 2766 and H.R. 5949) before the September 30, 2008 deadline!


Now more than ever, we need to encourage boaters and boating industry representatives all across the country to reach out to their Senators and Representatives, urging them to support these all-important pieces of legislation before it's too late!


To read the detailed press release issued in response to EPA's permit proposal, CLICK HERE http://www.boatblue.org/news.aspx?id=17372...l=1&v=41443.


A total of FOUR PUBLIC MEETINGS (in Washington, D.C., Chicago and Portland) will be held in the coming weeks regarding the EPA permit proposal. NMMA is strongly encouraging anyone that can attend to please do so and make the case that this proposal is bad for boating and boaters everywhere!


For meeting dates, times and locations, and to read the official EPA permit notice published in today's Federal Register, CLICK HERE . http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/home.cfm?progra...l=2&v=41443.


DON"T FORGET: Please take 3 MINUTES of your day and visit BOATBLUE.ORG to send a quick message to your Representatives and Senators urging them to support recreational boating and pass The Clean Boating Act of 2008. Encourage your family, friends and colleagues to do the same!.



For more information, contact Mat Dunn at (202) 737-9760 or mdunn@nmma.org.



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This update is being copied and posted from the "NMMA Currents" which is a newsletter distributed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association to their members:


It's Official: President Bush Signs Clean Boating Act of 2008 !

Tuesday afternoon, July 29, President George Bush signed into law H.R. 5949/S. 2766, the Clean Boating Act of 2008, solidifying continued protection for boaters, anglers and marine enthusiasts all across the country.


President Bush's signature of this important bill officially closes the door on a two-year battle to reinstate a long-standing, commonsense exemption under the Clean Water Act that allows recreational boaters and anglers to operate vessels on America's waterways without special permits for non-pollutant discharges.


Passage of this legislation has been the top legislative priority for NMMA during the 110th Congress, and NMMA staff and its members, including BoatU.S. and West Marine among others, worked diligently and tirelessly to see the Clean Boating Act became equally as important to members of Congress.

Introduced by Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) in the Senate and by Representatives Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio) and Candice Miller (R-Mich.) in the House, the Clean Boating Act of 2008 will prevent federal and state permitting of water-based, non-polluting incidental discharges that occur in the normal operation of a recreational boat, such as weather deck run-off and engine coolant water.

Signage of H.R. 5949/S. 2766 into law is an historic victory for NMMA's 1,700 member companies and for boaters and anglers nationwide!


©2008 - National Marine Manufacturers Association


Thanks to all who contacted their public officials......we won!!!!! :D

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