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Alaska sues to block low-sulfur fuel requirement for ships

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By Yereth Rosen | Reuters – 9 hrs ago

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - The state of Alaska sued the Obama administration on Friday to block environmental regulations that would require ships sailing in southern Alaska waters to use low-sulfur fuel.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Anchorage, challenges the new federal regulations, which require the use of low-sulfur fuel for large marine vessels such as cargo and cruise ships.

The rule is scheduled to be enforced starting on August 1 by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard for ships operating within 200 miles of the shores of southeastern and south-central Alaska, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit faults the EPA, the Department of Homeland Security and others for using a marine treaty amendment as...


Alaska sues EPA for exemption from air pollution emissions regulation
Suzanna Caldwell | Jul 13, 2012

The Department of Law on Friday filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency, hoping to block the agency from extending the North American Emissions Control Area to Alaska.

In the suit, filed in U.S. District Court, the state asks to be exempted from the regulations put in place to reduce air pollution from ships traveling within 200 miles of Alaska's shoreline.

The EPA, Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security are set to....


Bloomberg ......... Marianne Holsman, an EPA spokeswoman, didn’t immediately return a voice-mail message seeking comment about the lawsuit left after regular business hours yesterday. The case is Alaska v. Clinton, 12-142, U.S. District Court, District of Alaska (Anchorage)....