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EPA Solicits Public Comment on Regulating Ballast Water and Other Maritime Vessel Discharges

"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." - excerpt from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. More info and links to submit comments are here.

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