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ECOLOGICAL EVALUATION OF PROPOSED DISCHARGE OF DREDGED MATERIAL INTO OCEAN WATERS; IMPLEMENTATION MANUAL FOR SECTION 103 OF PUBLIC LAW 92-532 (MARINE PROTECTION, RESEARCH, AND SANCTUARIES ACT OF 1972)
Environmental Effects Laboratory, U. ECOLOGICAL EVALUATION OF PROPOSED DISCHARGE OF DREDGED MATERIAL INTO OCEAN WATERS; IMPLEMENTATION MANUAL FOR SECTION 103 OF PUBLIC LAW 92-532 (MARINE PROTECTION, RESEARCH, AND SANCTUARIES ACT OF 1972).
According to Section 103 of Public Law 92-532 (Marine Protection ,Research, and Sanctuaries Act of 1972), any proposed dumping of dredged material into ocean waters must be evaluated through the use of criteria published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) i n the Federal Register, Vol. 42, No. 7 , Tuesday, 11 January 1977, and subsequently republished in Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, P a r t s 220-228. These criteria state that an implementation manual describing the applicability of specific evaluative approaches and procedures will be developed jointly by EPA and the Corps of Engineers (CE). This manual contains those procedures considered applicable to evaluation of potential environmental impacts of the ocean disposal of dredged material, and it will be periodically revised and updated as advances in the technical state-of-the-art warrant. By agreement of both agencies, this implementation manual was developed by the EPA/CE Technical Committee on Criteria for Dredged and Fill Material. Due to the emphasis on bioassay in the Federal Register, much of the developmental input to the manual was from the Bioassay/Bioevaluation Subcommittee. Many individuals within both agencies contributed to the manual, with major input in various areas. Review of the manual was conducted by EPA through the Marine Protection Branch of the Oil and Special Materials Control Division, Office of Deputy Assistant Administrator for Health and Ecological Effects, and the Ocean Dumping Bioassay Committee and by the Corps of Engineers through the Office, Chief of Engineers, and the Environmental Effects Laboratory of the Waterways Experiment Station.