Soundings Trade Only compiled a story for its April issue on the proposed emissions standards for marine and locomotive engines.
The proposed marine rule, part of the EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign, will require a 90-percent reduction in particulate matter emissions, an 80-percent reduction in nitrogen oxides and additional reductions in hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and air toxics.
The proposal has been drawing mixed reactions among trade groups.
The Engine Manufacturers Association, support the proposal, saying it will dramatically reduce emissions from diesel engines. Previously issued rules on highway trucks and buses, construction and farm equipment and stationary generators have led to significant emission reductions.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association says the proposal could financially harm U.S.-based megayacht builders and large sportfishing boat manufacturers. The group says the proposal sets the bar too low and establishes a bad precedent for the ruling to eventually extend, encompassing smaller, high-performance engines as well.
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