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Lake shippers seek exemption from pollution rules (2:48 p.m. 10/27/ 09)

Traverse City, Mich. (AP) — Shipping companies that haul iron ore, coal and other cargo on the Great Lakes are fighting air pollution regulations they say would be financially ruinous.

The Lake Carriers’ Association has enlisted help from leading congressional Democrats, who are expected to propose a compromise. The issue may come up during a House-Senate conference committee meeting this week in Washington, D.C.

The rule would require large commercial vessels within 200 miles of a U.S. coast to use cleaner — and costlier — fuel and improve engine technology.

Supporters say the requirements are needed to reduce emissions blamed for smog, acid rain and health problems.

But industry representatives said the regulations would ground 13 Great Lakes steamships and boost fuel costs for other freighters by $210 million a year.

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