The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and Friends of the Earth sued the EPA in the Northern District of California on February 6, 2023, for failing to finalize nationwide standards that would protect U.S. waterways from harmful vessel discharges. The lawsuit states the EPA is more than 2 years behind schedule to establish standards for […]
Last month, a letter signed by 160 organizations was sent to President Joseph Biden Jr. requesting that he take action to direct the EPA to implement discharge standards for ships’ ballast water that comply with the Clean Water Act (CWA). EPA administrator Michael Regan also received a similar request from 34 members of Congress. “Ballast […]
The U.S Coast Guard (USCG) has eliminated the requirement that nonrecreational vessels operating on voyages exclusively within a single Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone submit an Annual Ballast Water Summary Report covering calendar year 2018. The required reporting was part of a 2015 rule that directed vessel owners and operators to submit annual reports […]
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is proposing to eliminate the third-year requirement of a 3-year regulation that compels owners and operators of vessels operating on voyages exclusively between ports or places within a single Captain of the Port (COTP) zone to submit an Annual Ballast Water Summary Report.