Recreational Boating Concern:

Now is the time to make your voices heard with regard to the impending permit process for any discharges from recreational boats, uninspected passenger vessels and commercial vessels. The public comment period is 45 days.

Recent court decisions have mandated that the EPA establish a permitting system for discharges from all vessels. Recreational boats had been exempted from such permitting until now. Unless Congress acts, the EPA, along with the states, will have to create a regulatory scheme by September 2008 in order to be in compliance with the court ruling. The EPA has announced their proposed permitting system, which is now available for public comment.

Hereís the link to the EPA:

There are TWO permitting systems: One for large vessels 79 feet in length or longer and one for vessels smaller than 79 feet. They both include recreational vessels and uninspected passenger vessels. Be sure youíre reading the right one for your concerns. I encourage all interested parties to voice their opinion during this 45-day public comment period. Feel free to pass this along to others who might be interested.

The EPA and the U.S. Coast Guard are co-hosting three public meetings, a webcast and a public hearing. Meetings will be held in Washington, D.C., Portland, OR, and Chicago, IL. The webcast is July 2nd. The Hearing is July 21st. See the website above for more details.

Paul L. Newman
Recreational Boating Safety Program Manager
Eleventh Coast Guard District (dpi)
Coast Guard Island, Bldg 50-8
Alameda, CA 94501-5100
(510) 437-5364