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AB 471: Cruise Ships: air pollution (2003)


The recent expansion of the cruise line industry in California has brought about an increase in toxic air contaminants and air pollution in the State. AB 471 (2003) provides greater protection to California’s coastal environment and air quality by regulating certain cruise ship practices in port and close to shore. The bill prohibits cruise ships from using pollution-rich fuels and requires use of fuels with lower amounts of sulfur and nitrous oxide within twenty-five (25) miles of California’s coast. AB 471 also prohibits cruise ships from incinerating garbage within twenty (20) miles of shore.

Final Status and Text

AB 471 is no longer active. Its final status was:
Signed into Law

You can read its final text on the Legislature's Bill Information site.

News & Press Releases about AB 471

08/25/2010 - Simitian Welcomes EPA's 'No Discharge' Ruling for Ships

08/24/2010 - Ban on sewage dumping along California coast to get federal teeth

09/24/2004 - Governor Signs Landmark Cruise Ship Bills

08/20/2003 - Simitian, Nakano, Laird Call for Passage of Bills to Stop Cruise Ship Pollution

08/18/2003 - Tired of Covering the Recall? Come Watch Three Assemblymembers Battle Cruise Ship Pollution

05/01/2003 - Simitian Seeks to Limit Cruise Ship Dumping