Minn. delays Lake Superior ballast water rules

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is giving Great Lakes freshwater freighters an extra two years to install ballast water treatment technology.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on Monday issued draft regulations for ships that enter Minnesota waters of Lake Superior, giving supporters and opponents until Sept. 11 to comment.

The Duluth News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/16NB02L ) that MPCA officials don’t think the technology exists yet for freshwater freighters to meet the guidelines, but they think it will be 2018.

The new rules also essentially allow the federal government to regulate oceangoing ships that enter Minnesota waters.

The ballast rules are part of a broader effort to reduce the amount of invasive species that hitchhike in ballast water.

Minnesota is the only Great lakes state with ballast rules that target boats that stick to fresh water.

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Information from: Duluth News Tribune, http://www.duluthnewstribune.com

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