U.S. Maritime Industry National Town Meeting Webcast

The EPA's Newly Proposed Vessel Discharge Rules 

With speakers from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard, along with maritime and environmental professionals from K&L Gates

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

3:00 - 4:30PM EDT
Live from the Media Conference Facility of
 K&L Gates
in Washington D.C.

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For the first time ever, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to require Clean Water Act permits for vessels operating in U.S. waters.  From large cruise ships to canoes and kayaks, every type of vessel used for transportation purposes will have to have a permit for discharges incidental to vessel operations.  Ballast water, graywater, bilge water, deck runoff and engine cooling water are only a few of the 28 discharges subject to this proposed rule.  Requiring permits for these discharges raises many questions for the maritime community.  What is the role of the states in this process?  Will there be a "patchwork" of varying state requirements?  What will be required of foreign flag vessels?  What will be required for recreational boats traveling down the Intercoastal Waterway?  How will these new requirements be enforced?  How will the recordkeeping requirements of this proposed rule be affected by the recent court decision on Oil Record Books?


  • Debra Nagle, Chief, Industrial Branch, Water Permits Division, Office of Wastewater Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Capt. Mike Blair, Chief, Office of Operating and Environmental Standards, U.S. Coast Guard
  • Kathy Metcalf, Director, Maritime Affairs, Chamber of Shipping of America
  • Barry M. Hartman, Partner, K&L Gates
  • Susan B. Geiger, Partner, K&L Gates



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