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post #17 of Old 02-12-2007
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HelloS...I've searched extensively and there is no ban on vessels entering currently. There is a 2001 IMO treaty which would do that which has NOT been ratified by the senate and is still well short of enough signatories to make it happen. The present regulation at the federal level is this:

In 1988, Congress enacted a partial ban on TBT antifouling paints, eliminating the need
for EPA action.5 The OAPCA banned the application of antifouling paint containing organotin
to vessels less than 25 meters in length.6 Organotin is defined as “any compound of tin used
as a biocide in an antifouling paint.”7 The prohibition does not prevent the application of
organotin antifouling paints to the aluminum hull, outboard motor, or lower drive unit of a
vessel less than 25 meters in length.8
The Act also prohibits the sale or delivery of an antifouling paint containing organotin or
the application of paint to a vessel, unless the paint is certified by the Administrator of the
EPA as a “qualified antifouling paint containing organotin.” A qualified paint is a paint
containing organotin that is allowed to be used under the terms of a final decision of the
Administrator or certified as having a release rate of not more than 4.0 micrograms per
square centimeter per day.9
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