EPA, Coast Guard Coordinate Anti-Pollution Efforts on U.S. Waterways

Bruce Beggs |

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) have agreed to better coordinate prevention and enforcement efforts against illegal discharges of pollutants from vessels such as cruise ships and oil tankers.
Under the memorandum of understanding, USCG agrees to incorporate components of EPA’s vessel general permit program into its existing inspection protocols and procedures.
The vessel permit covers 26 types of discharges—including “gray water” from laundry machines—that could negatively impact the environment. The program applies to more than 61,000 U.S.-based commercial ships and more than 8,000 foreign ships operating in U.S. waters.
The program also specifies corrective actions, self-inspections and self-monitoring, recordkeeping and reporting requirements.
To read a copy of the memorandum of understanding, click here.
For more information on EPA’s vessel permit program, click here.

About the author

Bruce Beggs

American Trade Magazines LLC

Editorial Director, American Trade Magazines LLC

Bruce Beggs is editorial director of American Trade Magazines LLC, including American Coin-Op, American Drycleaner and American Laundry News. He was the editor of American Laundry News from November 1999 to May 2011. Beggs has worked as a newspaper reporter/editor and magazine editor since graduating from Kansas State University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications. He and his wife, Sandy, have two children.


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