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US EPA issues FAQs on vessel discharges under VGP

General VGP Questions - EALs - Sampling and Monitoring - VGP Discharge Requirements The US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) second Vessel General Permit (VGP orPermit) for discharges incidental to the normal operation of vessels took effect on 19 December2013. The second Vessel General Permit was finalized on March 28, 2013 and replace the 2008 VGP when it expired last DecemberThe US EPA has recenlty developed by staff within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Wastewater Management frequently asked questions (FAQs) to address issues commonly raised to EPA regarding the VGP.What changes are in the 2013 VGP?For the first time, the 2013 VGP contains numeric ballast water discharge limits for most vessels. The 2013 VGP also contains more stringent effluent limits for oil to sea interfaces and exhaust gas scrubber washwater, which will improve environmental protection of U.S. waters. EPA has also improved the efficiency of several of the VGP's administrative requirements, including allowing electronic recordkeeping, requiring an annual report in lieu of the one-time report and annual noncompliance report, and requiring small vessel owners and/or operators to obtain coverage under the VGP by completing and agreeing to the terms of a Permit Authorization and Record of Inspection form.FAQs ...

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