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EPA eyes dumping ban in California waters

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week proposed banning all sewage discharges from vessels in California's coastal waters. The proposed ban would make the California coast line the largest "No Discharge Zone" in the U.S.

The new rule would apply to the release of both treated and untreated sewage within California's marine waters from cruise ships and commercial vessels larger than 300 tons, who have adequate sewage holding capacity (defined by the EPA as two days storage capacity).

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