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Moratorium extended for incidental vessel discharges from commercial fishing vessels and non-recreational vessels under 79 feet

August 04, 2010

Moratorium extended for incidental vessel discharges from commercial fishing vessels and non-recreational vessels under 79 feet

On July 30, 2010, President Obama signed Senate Bill S. 3372 to extend the existing moratorium from July 31, 2010 to December 18, 2013 that exempts all incidental discharges except ballast water from commercial fishing vessels and non-recreational vessels under 79 feet from having to obtain a Clean Water Act permit. This date coincides with the expiration of EPA's current vessel general permit (VGP) which covers incidental discharges from larger vessels (greater than 79 feet), and all ballast water discharges (regardless of vessel size). The extension of the moratorium provides EPA with the time needed to consider the impacts of incidental discharges, develop appropriate discharge limits, and provide the necessary permit coverage for the moratorium vessels if needed. The extension also gives Congress additional time to consider this issue and determine what regulatory approach might best control discharges from commercial fishing and smaller vessels. Go to www.epa.gov/npdes/vessels for more information.

 

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