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Marine Engines Initiative
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
Among the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) , Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Portland Marine Dealers Association (PMDA), National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), and Marine Retailers Association of America (MRAA) Regarding Low Emission Marine Engines.
 
The undersigned leadership of the Oregon State Marine Board, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Portland Marine Dealers Association , NMMA and MRAA hereby establish a voluntary agreement to encourage the purchase and use of low emission marine engines, such as direct fuel-injected 2-stroke and 4-stroke outboard and personal watercraft marine engines, by the boating public.
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established that by 2006 new outboard and personal watercraft marine engines must meet new air quality emission standards that significantly reduce the release of pollutants into the marine environment and atmosphere. The parties have entered into this Memorandum of Understanding in an effort to accelerate the phase-in of these low emission marine engines in Oregon and inspire other states to follow this direction.
This Memorandum of Understanding assumes that sufficient quantities of low emission marine engines will be available for purchase by boaters and that these engines will be available from marine manufacturers whose production and delivery capacities will be able to support this agreement. The undersigned members of the NMMA and MRAA will use their best efforts to encourage the production, distribution, and sale of new technology outboard and personal watercraft marine engines from the manufacturers of these engines.
 
The OSMB, DEQ, PMDA, NMMA and MRAA agree to promote the purchase and use of low emission marine engines by the boating public. The parties to this agreement will work cooperatively to develop public educational materials such as fact sheets, a web page and public service announcements. In addition, dealers and manufacturers of marine engines may offer financial incentives, such as rebates, to encourage the purchase of low emission marine engines. Further, the NMMA and MRAA will work with other states to accelerate the purchase and use of low pollution marine engines.
 
This agreement has been executed by the Oregon State Marine Board, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Portland Marine Dealers Association, NMMA and the MRAA and by each of the undersigned.
 


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Paul Donheffner, Director                  Date    

                  

Oregon State Marine Board



                  

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Stephanie Hallock, Director                Date

                  

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality 



                  

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Jeff Jennings, President                   Date

                  

Portland  Marine Dealers Association  



                  

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Monita Fontaine, Vice-President            Date

                  

National Marine Manufacturers Association



                  

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Phil Keeter, President                     Date

                  

Marine Retailers Association of America