Monday, March 7, 2011

Proposed Regulation Under 2008 Clean Boating Act

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comment from boaters and other stakeholders to help develop proposed regulations to reduce water pollution and the spread of invasive species and to mitigate adverse effects from recreational boat discharges, such as bilgewater, graywater and deck runoff. Development of regulations was required by the 2008 Clean Boating Act. In contrast to permits required for commercial vessels, the act directs EPA to develop and promulgate management practices for recreational vessels.

Based on the input received, EPA will develop appropriate management practices and performance standards that protect waterways. The U.S. Coast Guard will establish regulations governing the design, construction, installation and use of management practices.

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