MRAA honors three who helped pass Clean Boating Act

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The Marine Retailers Association of America recently honored U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), and Reps. James Oberstar (D-Minn.) and Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio) with its annual Legislative Awards.

The awards were presented during the MRAA’s annual convention last month in Las Vegas.

The MRAA says the three legislators were instrumental in the passage of the Clean Boating Act of 2008, which exempts recreational boats from discharge permits required by the Clean Water Act. A September 2006 U.S. District Court ruling had nullified a long-standing exemption for recreational boats and would have required the Environmental Protection Agency to institute permitting requirements for boaters.

“MRAA is proud to honor these three members of Congress for their outstanding support of marine retailing and for their hard work to pass S.2766, The Clean Boating Act of 2008”, MRAA president Phil Keeter said in a statement.

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