Recreational boaters may face more federal fees
But legislation is pending that would overrule the decision.
...the Michigan boating industry fears another broadside is coming if recreational boaters face new federal fees and permits that could cost each captain of the ship hundreds of dollars.
Under a 2006 court decision, federal rules that regulate the discharge of ballast or bilge water by ships also apply to those plying the waters on a sailboat or cabin cruiser. Legislation pending in Congress would overrule that decision, maintaining the exemption for recreational boaters that has existed for more than three decades. But the prospect of federal permit and enforcement requirements has boaters and marina owners worried.