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Will you need an EPA Permit to run your boat?

Old 06-12-2007, 02:09 PM
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Recreational Boating Act 2007

A recent lower court ruling mandates that all recreational boat users, in U.S. waters, may have to purchase an "EPA Water Discharge" permit for their boats.

In September, 2006, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a 34-year-old exemption for recreational boats from an EPA regulation intended to stop ballast water discharge from ocean-going freighters and tankers in U.S. waters.

If a higher court or the U.S. Congress does not act, 18 million boats will be required to have special EPA permits that couls cost $800 or more.

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Old 06-12-2007, 02:49 PM
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Ladies and gentlemen, I present the entire "Recreational Boating Act of 2007". Not to belittle political activism, but I'd prefer to let the EPA continue with their effort to re-establish the previous exemption. However, this makes me want to run for office more and more each day...gotta be a cush job to come up with this stuff.

To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act relating to recreational vessels.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the `Recreational Boating Act of 2007'.


(a) Pollutant- Section 502(6) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1362(6)) is amended--

(1) by striking `or (B)' and inserting `(B)'; and

(2) by inserting before the period at the end the following: `; or (C) any deck runoff from a recreational vessel, any engine cooling water, gray water, bilge water effluent from properly functioning recreational marine engines, laundry, shower, and galley sink wastes from a recreational vessel, or any other discharge incidental to the normal operation of a recreational vessel; except that this subparagraph does not apply to rubbish, trash, garbage, or other such materials discharged overboard by a recreational vessel'.

(b) Recreational Vessel- Such section is further amended by adding at the end the following:

`(25) `recreational vessel' means a vessel--

`(A) manufactured for operation, or operated, primarily for recreational purposes; or

`(B) leased, rented, or chartered to an individual for recreational purposes.'.
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Old 06-21-2007, 03:54 PM
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If nothing else, this needs to pass to fix the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and leave us out of it.
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