Sean Patrick Maloney

12/08/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/08/2020 18:08

Maloney’s Bill to Permanently Ban Oil Barge Anchorages on the Lower Hudson River Passes House, Moves to Senate

Maloney's Bill to Permanently Ban Oil Barge Anchorages on the Lower Hudson River Passes House, Moves to Senate

Washington, D.C. - Today, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021 on a bipartisan vote, which includes Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney's (NY-18) provision permanently banning the establishment of new anchorages for oil barges on the lower Hudson River, from Yonkers to Kingston.

'This is a victory for the Hudson Valley. I promised to ban oil barges from anchoring on the lower Hudson River, and I'm proud to announce today that this ban was officially passed through the House of Representatives with broad, bipartisan support,' said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. 'We are the gatekeepers of the Hudson River, and it's up to us to be good stewards of the river so New Yorkers can enjoy it for generations to come. I look forward to this provision passing the Senate, and urge the president to sign this bill into law.'

Representative Maloney has been a longtime champion of the effort to ban anchorage sites on the Hudson River. For years, he worked alongside local communities, elected officials from both parties, and environmental groups in the Hudson Valley to kill a proposal to install ten new anchorage sites on the Hudson River from Yonkers to Kingston, including 42 long-term berths which would be used for oil storage. Last Congress, he championed an amendment defunding future attempts to establish new anchorage sites through 2018 and introduced the Hudson River Protection Act, which would prohibit new anchorage sites within five miles of an existing superfund site, a nuclear power plant, a site on the national register of historic places, or a critical habitat of an endangered species.

In his role as Chairman of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, Rep. Maloney authored a provision to permanently ban the establishment of new anchorages along the Hudson River between Kingston and Yonkers. This provision was included in the Elijah E. Cummings Coast Guard Authorization Act, which authorizes funds and sets policy for the United States Coast Guard and Federal Maritime Commission and was attached to the National Defense Authorization Act.

The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee is part of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and holds jurisdiction over a wide array of issue areas ranging from the oversight and support of the Coast Guard - to the regulation of shipping, ports and waterways, and environmental protection.

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