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EPA Keeps Ballast Water Authority in Coast Guard Bill Sent to Trump

Nov. 27, 2018, 11:42 PM

A nearly yearlong dispute in Congress over how to regulate ballast water, the seawater used to provide stability for cargo ships, has been resolved in legislation that now heads to the president’s desk.

The House cleared a bill Nov. 27 that reauthorizes the U.S. Coast Guard and also makes several changes to federal maritime policy. It cleared the chamber by a voice vote less than two weeks after the Senate passed the bill (S. 140) on a 94-6 vote.

The huge margin in both chambers is a far cry from the situation earlier this year, when ...