Sleeping with the Enemy
Just what does the Obama Administration get out of maintaining the double standard on PCB environmental compliance and enforcement policy of its predecessors? Hard to say, but the following link to Inside Washington Publishers InsideEPA.com article, EPA GUIDE ON PCB SHIP WASTE MAY NOT QUELL CONCERNS ON MARAD POLICY, by Susanne Yohannan, gives important insight on where the Administration now stands.
I appreciate Inside Washington Publishers providing the free link to this article in their subscription service. This is an important issue and Ms. Yohannan provides a balanced take on it. The Obama Administration maintaining a double-standard on compliance and enforcement policy serves no-one, except those who seek to make profits off polluting the environment and endangering workers. The same standards should apply to shipowners as to domestic ship recyclers. This vital policy issue deserves a public dialogue between the Federal Government, domestic metal recycling and steel producers, US Shipowners, and other stakeholders. Instead MARAD and the EPA are stonewalling and supporting off-shore interests to the determent of U.S. industry and our environmental laws.
EPA GUIDE ON PCB SHIP WASTE MAY NOT QUELL CONCERNS ON MARAD POLICY,
by Susanne Yohannan
EPA is crafting guidance to advise ship owners on how to comply with its rules governing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) before exporting ships for scrapping but the guide may not quell concerns that a 2011 Maritime Administration (MARAD) policy allowing owners to self-certify removal of PCBs circumvents EPA's toxics law authority.