On October 9th, the 168 Member States of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted stringent new standards to control harmful exhaust emissions from the engines that power oceangoing vessels (OGVs). This is a critical first step that may eventually help millions of Americans and many more people around the world to breathe cleaner air. To fully realize the significant benefits of this program, countries must seek an emission control area (ECA) designation from the IMO. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with the Coast Guard, Navy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Maritime Administration, and State Department, played a significant role in the complex negotiations leading up to this agreement.
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