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EPA Considering New Vessel Discharge Regulation

June 29, 2007

EPA Considering New Vessel Discharge Regulation

EPA is seeking information as it considers how to develop a water permit program for pollutant discharges incidental to the normal operation of commercial vessels and recreational boats. Vessel owners or operators whose discharges previously have been exempt from Clean Water Act requirements will require a permit beginning September 30, 2008.

Regulated discharges may include ballast water, bilge water, deck runoff, and gray water. Approximately 143,000 commercial vessels and potentially more than 13 million state-registered recreational boats and more than 25 different types of vessel discharges could be affected.

EPA is seeking public comments and data to help the agency develop the permitting framework. Comments and data are due within 45 days of publication of the notice in the Federal Register. For more information on this topic and to read the federal register notice, please visit


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