The Impacts of Vessel Discharge Regulations on our Shipping and Fishing Industries

February 4, 2015

253 Senate Russell Office Building

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.

Hearing Details:

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.

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Webcast

  • Ms. Claudia Copeland

    Specialist in Resources and Environment Policy
    Congressional Research Service

Witness Panel 1

  • Mr. James Farley

    President
    Kirby Offshore Marine
  • Mr. James Weakley

    President
    Lake Carriers Association
  • Ms. Claudia Copeland

    Specialist in Resources and Environmental Policy
    Congressional Research Service
    Copeland testimony (326.88 KB)
  • Captain Robert Zales

    President
    National Association of Charter Boat Operators
    Zales testimony (77.16 KB)