EPA Moves To Ban Sewage Discharge Off Calif. Coast

Law360, New York (August 25, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT) -- The U.S Environmental Protection Agency proposed a new rule Wednesday that would prohibit cruise ships and other large ocean vessels from discharging sewage along the 1,624-mile California coastline.

The Clean Water Act regulation would create the largest coastal ‘no discharge zone’ in the U.S. by prohibiting vessels over 300 tons from discharging both treated and untreated sewage within three miles of the California coast, as well as in certain bays and estuaries, the EPA said.

The agency expects the proposal to eliminate an estimated 20.4 million...
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