U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will convene the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. for its first hearing of the 114th Congress entitled, “The Impacts of Vessel Discharge Regulations on our Shipping and Fishing Industries.” The hearing will focus on existing regulations governing ballast water discharge and other discharges incidental to the normal operation of vessels. At present, state and federal vessel discharge regulations are inconsistent, and in some cases scientifically and technologically impossible to meet.
Subject matter experts will testify about the effects of regulations on workers and job creators and how nationally uniform and environmentally sound standards could simplify the complicated patchwork of state and federal regulations that currently govern the management of discharges.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Subcommitteeon Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard hearing entitled: “The Impacts of Vessel Discharge Regulations on our Shipping and Fishing Industries”
2:30 p.m. in room SR-253
For reporters interested in reserving a seat, please contact the press gallery:
• Periodical Press Gallery – 202-224-0265
• Radio/Television Gallery – 202-224-6421
• Press Photographers Gallery – 202-224-6548
• Daily Press Gallery – 202-224-0241
Please note the hearing will be webcast live via the Senate Commerce Committee website. Refresh the Commerce Committee homepage 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to automatically begin streaming the webcast.
Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid or service, including closed captioning service for the webcast hearing, should contact Stephanie Gamache at 202-224-5511 at least three business days in advance of the hearing date.
Ms. Claudia CopelandSpecialist in Resources and Environment PolicyCongressional Research Service
Witness Panel 1
Mr. James FarleyPresidentKirby Offshore Marine
Mr. James WeakleyPresidentLake Carriers Association
Ms. Claudia CopelandSpecialist in Resources and Environmental PolicyCongressional Research Service
Captain Robert ZalesPresidentNational Association of Charter Boat Operators