boats as they sped back to U.S. waters
. The bandits stopped once they reached the U.S.
Also, the law mandates that, by 2015, all tankers in U.S. waters
must be equipped with double hulls.
Numerous invasive species have been introduced into U.S. waters
via ballast water discharged from ships and have caused serious economic and ecologic damage.
Sea Web reports that, of the 157 fish species tracked in U.S. waters
, 36 percent are overexploited and 44 percent are fished to the max.
The northern snakehead, a fish that hails from Asia but mysteriously made its way into U.S. waters
. Some marine experts believe that if it isn't stopped, the snakehead (left) could damage the ecosystems it inhabits.
In a conference committee, which is designed to hash out differences in the two versions, lawmakers rejected a controversial provision that would have required Coast Guard representatives to review the security plans of all foreign vessels entering U.S. waters
. (Under current law, the Coast Guard is required to review the security plans of domestic vessels.) At a hearing before the bill was passed, Coast Guard Commandant Thomas H.
"The Clean Cruise Ships Act of 2004 would prevent discharges in coastal areas, establish uniform pollution treatment standards for discharges in U.S. waters
, authorize Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency to develop and enforce these standards, promote the development of innovative marine pollution technology through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and establish accountability within the industry leading to clean coastal waters."
Bush's action expands the government's authority to prevent the unauthorized departure of Cuban-bound ships from U.S. waters
Although the Jones Act of 1916 prohibits foreign-owned ships from doing business solely in U.S. waters
, Nabors claims its ships don't belong to the mail-drop parent company, but rather to its "American subsidiary."
But they're looking at the aftermath of the worst oil spill in U.S. waters
for clues: Oil patches left over from the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster still release toxins that harm Alaskan sea life--from fish and birds to land mammals.
Since 1987, the NIST NBSB has participated in collecting and banking of tissues from marine mammals from U.S. waters
of the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Pacific, including Alaska.
Whitman said the EPA would use the 30th anniversary as an opportunity to recommit to making all U.S. waters
fishable and swimmable.
This study of everyday products in U.S. waters
, the most extensive conducted so far, adds to the growing body of information on the topic, which includes work published in EHP Supplements in December 1999.
This information comes from the 1998 National Water Quality Inventory Report to Congress, which studied 32 percent of U.S. waters
. Leading pollutants included siltation, bacteria, nutrients and metals caused by runoff from agricultural lands and urban areas.