Va. Removes No-Discharge Zone From Chesapeake Bay

Law360, New York (February 25, 2011, 6:39 PM EST) -- Virginia legislators passed a bill Thursday that will exclude the main stem of Chesapeake Bay from being designated a no-discharge zone under a state law that prevents vessels in Virginia’s tributaries and tidal waters from dumping treated waste.

The bill, HB 1943, amends and clarifies a 2009 Virginia law banning the dumping of treated waste from vessels by exempting the main stem openings of the major rivers of the Chesapeake Bay.

David Lazarus, the watershed program manager for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, said that...
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