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Emission control Areas will lead to economic hardships for Alaskans

By Marleanna Hall | Souce: Resource Development Council

Emission control Areas will lead to economic hardships for Alaskans By Marleanna Hall On August 1st the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will begin enforcing a new regulation requiring more expensive fuel for marine transportation.  The new regulation, which was adopted through the creation of a special North America Emission Control Area (ECA), will go in effect in the coastal waters of the United States, including Alaska, and will negatively impact all areas of Alaska.

Marine freight transportation is critically important to Alaska.  In fact, 85% of all goods Alaskans consume are shipped through the Port of Anchorage.  In addition to food, construction equipment, military  equipment, mining equipment, oil and  gas equipment are all shipped via marine  transportation.

In a recent article, Totem Ocean Trailer Express stated the higher price fuel will result in an 8% increase in total operating costs. These costs will be passed on to consumers, in effect, imposing an 8% shipping tax on Alaskans.  To make matters worse, the EPA will require even more expensive fuel by 2015. The second tier could result in an increase of 16% – 20%.

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