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Stauber: Coast Guard bill’s ballast rules will preserve jobs and protect our waterways

HERMANTOWN – Congressman-Elect Pete Stauber issued the following statement after President Trump signed into law the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018 (S. 140) which includes a provision to provide for establishment of uniform standards for the management of vessel discharge. Under this compromise, the EPA would set the vessel discharge standards while giving the Coast Guard the authority to prescribe and enforce regulations based on those standards.

“For more than a decade, the regulation of vessel incidental discharge and ballast water was greatly inconsistent and I am pleased that the modifications and clarity provided in this bipartisan legislation will preserve jobs by providing important regulatory relief as well as inhibit the spread of many invasive species and harmful pollution in Lake Superior and other navigable waterways.”

Pete Stauber, who in November was elected to the 116th Congress, served 22 years in the Hermantown Police Department where he retired as a Commander. A small business owner and St. Louis County Commissioner, Pete and his wife, Jodi, live with their four children in Hermantown.