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House Proceeding 11-17-09 on Nov 17th, 2009 :: 0:33:05 to 0:41:15
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Elijah E. Cummings

0:33:01 to 0:33:22( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: health care refo because they know better than anybody what the status quo is and they don't like it. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which a voted vote or the yeas and nays are ordered or on

Elijah E. Cummings

0:33:05 to 0:41:15( Edit History Discussion )
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Elijah E. Cummings

0:33:23 to 0:33:43( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: which the vote inoccurs -- incurs objection under clause six of rule 20. -- clause 6 of rule 20. record votes on postponed questions will be taken later. gentleman from maryland rise? >> mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass the

Elijah E. Cummings

0:33:44 to 0:34:05( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: bill h.r. 3618 as amended, the clean hull act of 2009. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 361, a bill to provide for implementation of the international convtion on the control of harmful anti-fouling systems on ships, 2001, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the

Elijah E. Cummings

0:34:06 to 0:34:26( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: gentleman from maryland, mr. cummings, and the gentleman from new jersey, mr. lobiondo, will each control 20 m. the chair recognizes the gentleman from maryland. mr. cummings: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to

Elijah E. Cummings

0:34:27 to 0:34:48( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: include extraneous material on h.r. 3618. i also ask unanimous consent -- the speaker pro tempore: withou mr. cummings: i also ask unanimous consent to insert into the record, mr. speaker, exchange of lette the committee on transportation and infrastructure and the committee on homeland security

Elijah E. Cummings

0:34:49 to 0:35:09( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: and the comttee on transportation and infrastructure and the committee on science and technology. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. cumm i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the ge mr. cummings: thank you, mr. speaker. as chairman of the subcommittee on the coast guard and maritime transportation, i rise today in

Elijah E. Cummings

0:35:10 to 0:35:33( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: strong support ofhe clean hull act of 2009. h.r. 3618. as amended, which would institute the legal changes need to bring states into full compliance with the international convention on the control of harmful anti-fouling systems on ships.

Elijah E. Cummings

0:35:34 to 0:35:55( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: i commend the chairman of the full committee on transportation and infrastructure, congressman oberstar, for his hard work on this legislation and for his tireless commitmt to ensures that we -- ensuring that we do all that we can to minimize the impacts of our transportation system on our environment.

Elijah E. Cummings

0:35:56 to 0:36:16( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: i also commend the ranking member of e full committee, mr. mica, and the ranking member of the coast guard subcommittee, congressman lobiondo, for their work on this legislation. on june 10, i convened the subcommittee to exa impact on

Elijah E. Cummings

0:36:17 to 0:36:38( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: environment of the use of coatings on the hulls of ships containing the compound such coatings are applied to prevent hull fouling. in the maritime world, the term fouling is defined as the

Elijah E. Cummings

0:36:39 to 0:37:00( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: unwanted growth of material such as barncals and algae on a surface emerged in water. because such material can slow a ship's movement through water and can be transferred from one body of water to another, ship owners and orators have attempted throughout the

Elijah E. Cummings

0:37:01 to 0:37:21( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: history of maritime transportation to eliminate the accumulation of such materials through a variety of methods. in the 1960's and 1970's, hull coatings were developed that had their main ingredient, the compound t.b.t..

Elijah E. Cummings

0:37:22 to 0:37:42( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: at that time t.b.t. was hailed as the best anti-fouling agent ever developed. unfounately, as so often happened in that period, a product that showed promise was rushed to market before the full range of its impacts on the environment was understood.

Elijah E. Cummings

0:37:43 to 0:38:05( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: over the years it has become clear that t.b.t. is highly toxic to marine life, including crusstasheans, fish and marine mammals. t.b.t. has caused alterations in oyster shells and has caused a type of snail to begin

Elijah E. Cummings

0:38:06 to 0:38:29( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: developing male sexual characteristics in the females. there's some evidence that t.b.t. is bioaccumulative, meaning that larger animals can ingestt as they consume smaller animals on the food chain. thus, the i.m.o. traces of t.b.t. contamination

Elijah E. Cummings

0:38:30 to 0:38:51( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: have now whales. i note that the use of t.b.t. is already strictly regulated by u.s. law specifically, under the organic anti-fouling control act of 1998. under this act, the sale and most applications of t.b.t.

Elijah E. Cummings

0:38:52 to 0:39:13( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: coatings are already prohibited in the united states. however, t best way of controlling the use of t.b.t. is by the u.s.'s convention of harmful anti-fouling on ships.

Elijah E. Cummings

0:39:14 to 0:39:35( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: the convention was adopted in october of 2001 to ban the use of hull coatings that contain t.b.t. the convention came into force internationally on september 17, 2008. the united states senate gave its consent to the convention just a few days later in

Elijah E. Cummings

0:39:36 to 0:39:57( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: september of 2008. h.r. 3618 would implement in the united states the laws that will bring our nation into full compliance with the convention. thus, completing our ratification of the convention. by enacting 3618he united

Elijah E. Cummings

0:39:58 to 0:40:18( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: states can prohibit ships with t.b.t. coatings from entering u.s. waters unless the ships have overcoatings that prevent t.b.t. from leaking from one underlying anti-fouling system. i also note that in order to prevent a compound like

Elijah E. Cummings

0:40:19 to 0:40:39( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: from ever again entering the environment through an anti-fouling coating, the international convention on the control of harmful anti-fouling systems on ships also establish a system under wish new anti-fouling coatings can be to assess their effect

Elijah E. Cummings

0:40:40 to 0:41:01( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: on the marine environment. coatings can be added to the lists of prohibited anti-fouling systems under the convention if they are found to be harmful. h.r. 3618 authorizes the environmental protection agency to participate in international technical bodies convened to

Elijah E. Cummings

0:41:02 to 0:41:16( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: assess the safety of new anti-fouling systems. i strongly believe that it is time for us to fully implement the international convention on the control of harmful anti-fouling systems on ships,

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