Double-hull bill advances in Congress

A federal bill intended to avert catastrophic oil spills like the one in San Francisco Bay in November passed a congressional committee.

The Oil Spill Prevention Act, a bill co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., would require protective double hulls around the fuel tanks of newly built non-tanker ships with a capacity of at least 600 cubic meters of fuel.

Friday, the U.S. Coast Guard issued its second report related to the Nov. 7 Cosco Busan spill that said the federal agency should foster better partnerships with local governments and agencies in the wake of a disaster and communicate more effectively with those involved in any response effort.

dsmith@sfexaminer.com

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