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December 03, 2009

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Still 2 Late

If you understand how much damage invasive species have inflicted on the Great Lakes, then a ballast water rule can't take effect soon enough.

Impatience here is justified, but that's only part of the reason deadlines in proposed Coast Guard rules to regulate ballast water discharge are too leisurely. Starting in 2012, ships will have to meet a rather lax international standard; then they'll have at least another four years to meet the next, somewhat more stringent standard.

http://www.freep.com/article/20091203/OPINION01/912030359/1336/OPINION/Never-too-soon-to-regulate-ballast

After all this time, the US Coast Guard needs to do right by the lakes, and do it now.

Because it should have happened yesterday.

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