Comments of the Council on Wage and Price Stability Before the United States Coast Guard: Segregated Ballast in Certain Existing Tank Vessels

by William Lilley on June 30, 1976
by William Lilley, Steven Niemczyk, Roy A. Nierenberg, James C. Miller and Peter H. Lowry

The Council on Wage and Price Stability today filed comments on contemplated Coast Guard regulations designed to reduce oil pollution by tankships. The regulations under consideration would require retrofitting of large tankships that enter the navigable waters of the United States. Most oil tankers transport their cargoes in holds where the ship’s waste ballast is not segregated from the oil cargo. In other words, the oil floats directly on top of the water which is used to balance the ship. The problem arises when the water ballast is purged from the tanks and some of the oil cargo escapes during the pumping. The Coast Guard’s contemplated regulations would require that the cargo and ballast be separated (“segregated ballast”)…

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