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Briefing Date:09/10/2001
Topic:Environmental Performance of Tanker Designs in Collision and Grounding: Method for Comparison -- Special Report 259

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Transportation Research Board
Marine Board

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Congressional Briefing
Monday, September 10, 2001 -- 10:30 a.m.
428 Hart Senate Office Building

on

Environmental Performance of Tanker Designs in Collision and Grounding:
Method for Comparison - Special Report 259

After the grounding of the Exxon Valdez, Congress passed the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, a law requiring the phasing in of double hulls for oil tankers traveling in the United States. A new report from the National Academies, requested by Congress in PL 105-383, describes a method for assessing the effectiveness of double-hull and alternative tanker designs.

This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on September 18, 2001 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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