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New Discharge Permits To Affect Yachts

By doina — last modified Mar 27, 2008 10:11 AM

Published: 2008-03-27 10:11:55
Topics: Environment
Countries: USA

Boat US has recently reported that the current exemption of discharges from yachts from the Clean Water Act permit system is set to end.

By September 30, 2008 the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will have to implement a national permit system for all vessels in the United States for a variety of normal operational discharges (deck runoff, grey water, bilge water, engine cooling water, etc).

The disadvantages may be considerable for small boat owners if they are subject to regulations designed with commercial shipping in mind. The new system will probably require yachts to obtain a state permit.

There are already federal laws which restrict the overboard discharge of oil, fuel, garbage and sewage. The proposed legislation will not alter any of these existing restrictions.

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