Navy proposes stronger protections for sunken ships


The Navy has proposed new rules that would strengthen the protections of sunken Navy ships by establishing a streamlined permitting process for approved activities at sunken ships and by establishing a $100,000 fine for violations, according to a notice published Monday in the federal register.

“With stricter enforcement provisions acting as a deterrent and a management policy based on the principle of in situ preservation, the proposed rule makes the protection of war-related and other maritime graves, the preservation of historical resources, the proper handling of safety and environmental hazards, and the safeguarding national security interests more effective, efficient, and affordable,” the Navy said in the notice.

Read more details at the Federal Register notice.


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