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EPA seeks comments on discharge report

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comments on a draft report that, when made final, will provide Congress with information it could use for the regulation of incidental discharges from certain vessels.

The types of vessels in the study included fishing vessels, tugboats, water taxis, tour boats, towing and salvage vessels, small research vessels, a fire boat and a supply boat

The draft report summarizes the primary pollutant concentrations in the discharges sampled and evaluates the potential environmental impact of these discharges on large water bodies.

Public comments on the draft report, "Study of Discharges Incidental to Normal Operation of Commercial Fishing Vessels and Other Non-Recreational Vessels Less than 79 Feet," will be accepted for 30 days following publication in the Federal Register. The EPA will then consider the comments and finalize the report for submission to Congress.

Click here for information on the draft report to Congress on vessel discharges.

Click here for the full release.