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NMMA asks NOAA to reconsider Keys no-discharge zone

The National Marine Manufacturers Association submitted comments to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration regarding NOAA's proposed ban on marine sanitation device discharges from vessels in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

If NOAA's effort is successful, similar regulations could be enacted in other marine sanctuaries, the NMMA said.

The NMMA said NOAA's policy and procedures for designating no-discharge zones in marine sanctuaries should be consistent system-wide and not determined solely on the specific needs of one sanctuary. It said NOAA should adopt the procedure already established by the Clean Water Act by which states obtain permission from the Environmental Protection Agency to designate state waters as no-discharge zones.

Click here to read the NMMA's letter, which asks NOAA to reconsider its proposal.