BOSTON (AP) - First the tea. Now the toilets.
Boston is banning boaters from emptying their on-board toilets
into Boston Harbor.
Approval of the rules change is expected from the Environmental
Protection Agency today, making Boston the largest urban area in
the nation to outlaw such dumping.
Some 8,700 boats use Boston Harbor and about half of them have
onboard toilets. Before agreeing to the ban, the EPA wanted to make
sure there are enough facilities for boaters to pump out their
Boston says the change will help clean up the beaches and harbor
islands and improve stocks of shellfish.
Violators face fines of up to $2,000.