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Transport Canada Sets Timetable for New Ballast Water Regulations

Ever since invasive species started arriving in the ballast of lake freighters, GBA has been calling for tighter ballast regulations to protect the Great Lakes and Georgian Bay from the devastation that these invasive species can and have caused. In 2010, Canada acceded to the international ballast water convention, but the US did not. After 10 years working on these new regulations, which are aimed at significantly reducing the risk of further invasive species entering the Great Lakes and Georgian Bay, Transport Canada has finally put the proposal forward. Details of the proposal can be found here.

The US has launched an investigation into the competitive fairness of Canada’s proposed ballast water regulations. See their response here.

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