Schumer pushes to exempt boaters from permits

Sen. Charles Schumer visited the Albany Yacht Club this morning to voice opposition to a new federa
Boaters take off from the Freemans Bridge launch in Glenville on Monday.
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Boaters take off from the Freemans Bridge launch in Glenville on Monday.

Sen. Charles Schumer visited the Albany Yacht Club this morning to voice opposition to a new federal regulation that would require 40,000 recreational boaters in the Capital Region to get the same permits as oil tankers and freight ships.

Schumer, who was joined by dozens of boat owners, called the regulation “misguided” and said he wants recreational boaters exempt from the EPA regulation

He said the Capital Region’s recreational boaters, and millions across the nation, would have to get a permit, which would cost at least $800.

The new permits are designed to keep large commercial ships and tankers from polluting waterways, but a 2006 court ruling would force small recreational boaters to obtain the same permits beginning Sept. 30, 2008 or face fines.

“By forcing small recreational boaters across the Capital Region to abide by the same regulations as massive oil tankers, this new rule with budget-busting fines, threatens to sink the important and thriving recreational boating industry across the region,” said Schumer.

Schumer is pushing the Clean Boating Act of 2008 that would exempt recreational boat owners from having to get the federal water pollution permit.

It would still require commercial boats and oil tankers to obtain the permits.

He said the law was never intended for the small recreational weekend boater and he hopes to get it repealed by July 4 .

Unless recreational boaters are exempt, recreational boating in the Capital Region Adirondacks, Saratoga Lake and Lake George, will take a financial hit, said Schumer.

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