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David Nobles
07-16-2007, 06:07 AM
Please act on this issue!



Please distribute this email to every recreational boater you can reach!





You must read the email below from the NMMA, and unless you enjoy more government regulations and God only knows what pile of permits you will need to enjoy your boat, avail yourself of the easy way to email your representatives in Congress through the system set up by NMMA.



Please act as a private citizen & boater on this issue now!





EPA Announces Permitting System from Ballast Water Case; Comments Due August 6


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced June 20 it will begin moving forward with a new and unprecedented permitting scheme for recreational boats to comply with last fall’s landmark ballast water court ruling

Under the ruling, EPA will devise a permitting scheme by September 30, 2008, for engine cooling water, bilge water, gray water and deck runoff from recreational boats under the Clean Water Act. For 34 years, recreational vessels have been exempt by EPA from National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for these “effluents,” deemed normal to the operation of vessels. However, the court struck this exemption down because it also exempted ballast water discharges from large, ocean-going commercial ships that have introduced aquatic invasive species into U.S. waters, resulting in costly damage to local shoreline economies and detrimental environmental impacts.

The EPA is seeking public comment on the new permitting regime proposal by August 6. NMMA is lobbying Congress to address this issue in light of EPA’s recent announcement, and urges you to contact your Senators and Member of Congress and ask them to support passage of H.R. 2550, the Recreational Boating Act of 2007, through NMMA’s boating advocacy tool B.O.A.T.

For more information, contact Cindy Squires at (202) 737-8766; [email protected]





How do I contact EPA?



The Environmental Protection Agency announced on June 21, 2007 that is beginning the process for requiring all boats to be required to have Clean Water Act permits. You can see the EPA notice at:



http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20071800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2007/pdf/E7-12022.pdf



EPA also has a website on the rule at: Rulemaking Petition Related to Ballast Water | Wetlands, Oceans, & Watersheds | US EPA (http://epa.gov/owow/invasive_species/ballast_water.html)



To contact EPA about this rule, make sure you mention in your letter that this is about Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OW–2007–0483.



You can send your views to EPA in one of the following ways:



• Regulations.gov (http://www.regulations.gov). Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.



• E-mail: [email protected] -- Attention Docket ID No. OW–2007–0483.



• Mail: Water Docket Environmental Protection Agency

Mailcode: 2822T

1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20460

Attention Docket ID No. OW–2007–0483.



Hand Delivery: EPA Docket Center,

EPA West, Room 3334

1301 Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington, DC

Attention Docket ID No. OW–2007– 0483



The docket is called “Development of Clean Water Act National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permits for Discharges Incidental to the Normal Operation of Vessels.”



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