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Forget about VGP - Welcome the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA)

(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) VIDA restructures the way EPA and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) regulate incidental discharges, primarily from commercial vessels, into waters of the United...

Vessel General Permit (VGP) update October 2018 - 2013 VGP continued indefinitely

(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an Update stating that the 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP) will not be reissued prior to its 18 December 2018...

Vessel General Permit (VGP) update July 2018

(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) By Dennis L. Bryant. The Vessel General Permit (VGP) falls under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) of the Federal Water Pollution Control...

North American and U.S. Caribbean Sea ECA – Understanding Compliance Issues

The US EPA, in response to repeated questions regarding ECA compliance issues, has issued a Frequently Asked Questions document. Situations addressed range from handling...

(USA) Ballast water mismanagement

By Dennis L. Bryant On October 5, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a 65-page decision holding that, for...

USA: Court – VGP regulations overturned

October 5, 2015: The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit largely overturned the 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP) regulations promulgated by the US...

USA: VGP Annual Report Requirements, due soon

The VGP is a USA Clean Water Act, NPDES permit that authorizes discharges incidental to the normal operation of vessels greater than 79 feet...

US Coast Guard and EPA - North American and U.S. Caribbean Sea Emission Control Area enforcement and compliance

  The US Coast Guard posted a notice stating that it and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon take action to ensure compliance with the forthcoming 0.10%...
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