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EPA To Begin Regulating Commercial Ship Discharges

Law360 (February 3, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- The release of ballast water, sewage, effluent from engines and many other pollutants from commercial ships will be regulated starting Friday after a 35-year period in which they were exempt from Clean Water Act discharge requirements.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the regulations will affect roughly 61,000 domestically flagged commercial vessels and about 8,000 foreign flagged vessels operating in U.S. waters, including barges, oil tankers, cargo ships, container ships and cruise ships.

However, they will not affect recreational vessels, commercial fishing vessels or nonrecreational...
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