Undercurrents: beneath the obvious

April 24, 2007

‘Clean Up the Ballast’ Campaign underway

From News 10 Now (Central New York):

… Save the River is kicking off its “Clean Up Ballast” Campaign.  Save the River and Great Lakes United are calling for an immediate moratorium on ocean-going ships entering the Seaway. The environmental groups say the goal of the campaign is to stop invasive species from entering the waterways.

Administrator of the St. Lawrence Development Corp says, “The proposal to close the Seaway to ocean going vessels would be impossible to implement under existing international law, devastating to the economy of the Great Lakes region, and ineffective in solving the problem of invasive species. The Seaway is working actively with Great Lakes United, The Save the River, and the maritime industry to achieve a real solution – passage of federal ballast water legislation this year.”

Federal ballast water legislation would not be enough considering that Canada also borders the lakes. It’s hard to understand where this initiative is going considering the quote from the St. Lawrence Development Corp — any change to existing behavior would appear to be devastating to the economy of the Great Lakes region.

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April 3, 2007

New York bottle bill is casualty of budget deal

WaterTech Online reports on the New York bottled water deposit bill:

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer dropped his proposal to place a 5-cent deposit on bottles of noncarbonated beverages, including bottled water, from the recently approved state budget as part of negotiations with state legislators to produce an on-time budget.

See prior post on this bill here.

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February 1, 2007

New York considers bottled water deposits

New York Govenor Spitzer’s Budget Counts on Expanded Bottle Charges:

New Yorkers may have to start paying nickel deposits on bottled water and iced tea as well as beer and soda. The governor’s plan calls for expanding the “bottle bill” to include non-carbonated beverages. It currently applies only to carbonated beverages such as soda and beer. The state Assembly passed an expanded bottle bill, but Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno continues to oppose it.

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