What To Expect From EPA's New Vessel General Permits

Law360, New York (April 23, 2013, 12:07 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a final permit covering vessel discharges under the Clean Water Act (CWA) that, for the first time, sets numeric effluent limits for ballast water discharges from large commercial vessels. The new vessel general permit (VGP) will replace the current VGP when it expires in December 2013.

The most significant change in the new permit is the inclusion of numeric effluent limits to control the release of invasive species in ballast water, a change made in response to the terms...
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