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108th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 3006 To improve the safety of houseboat generator exhaust systems. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES September 4, 2003 Mr. Hayworth introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To improve the safety of houseboat generator exhaust systems. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Houseboat Safety Improvement Act of 2003''. SEC. 2. FINDINGS. The Congress finds the following: (1) In studies conducted in June 2001, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) determined that the open space under a houseboat's swim platform, or area directly around the back of the swim platform, can have carbon monoxide concentrations above the ``Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health'' level, if the onboard gasoline generator is in operation. (2) Based on the data that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health collected, an exhaust stack that extends well above the upper deck of a houseboat appears to be a reliable and cost-effective solution that is capable of dramatically reducing carbon monoxide hazards. (3) The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found that while evaluating a single stationary boat, average carbon monoxide concentrations on the lower rear deck of the houseboat were reduced by about 99 percent through use of a vertical stack exhaust system, compared with a rear exhaust system. (4) At least 164 carbon monoxide poisonings have occurred between 1990 and 2003 on or near boats on Lake Powell, in Arizona and Utah. SEC. 3. HOUSEBOAT GENERATOR EXHAUST SAFETY RULES. Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, in consultation with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, shall prescribe the following rules regarding houseboat generator exhaust safety: (1) Safety standard.--A rule setting a standard for houseboat generator exhaust safety that will ensure that carbon monoxide from such exhaust is not expelled in a manner that would impair the safety of the occupants of the houseboat or swimmers near and around the houseboat. (2) Manufacture.--A rule requiring a houseboat manufactured after a date specified by the Commandant of the Coast Guard to meet the requirements of the safety standard prescribed under paragraph (1). (3) Recall and retrofit.--A rule requiring the manufacturer of any houseboat that does not comply with the safety standard prescribed under paragraph (1) to issue a recall for any such houseboat in order to retrofit the houseboat so that it is in compliance with that standard. The cost to the houseboat owner must not exceed the actual cost of the retrofit to the manufacturer (or any other person performing the retrofit). (4) Safety warning.--A rule requiring any person who commercially rents a houseboat, and any person who commercially sells a used houseboat, to another person to inform the other person of the potential hazards of carbon monoxide poisoning from houseboat generator exhaust, particularly for the occupants of the houseboat or swimmers near and around the houseboat, if the houseboat-- (A) was manufactured prior to the date set for the beginning of manufacture of houseboats that comply with the standard issued under paragraph (1), in accordance with the rule prescribed under paragraph (2); and (B) has not been retrofitted to comply with the standard issued under paragraph (1). <all>
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