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Senior Member
Oct 6, 2007
On June 17th, the US Environmental Protection Agency published the Clean Water Act proposal. The proposal will impose new, requirements on recreational boaters to follow specific practices in operating their boats and managing their everyday, overboard water discharges including stormwater and air conditioning discharges.

Mandated by a court order in 2006 that focused exclusively on commercial vessel ballast water, the proposal includes permits that are a new regulation on American recreational boaters, demonstrating the need to pass the Clean Boating Act of 2008 as these new regulations will take effect Oct. 1.*

Just another needless regulation from an already bloated US Federal government; call your Congressmen today and demand he support the Clean Boating Act!

In front of the UN building they built a fountain on an island in the East river to squirt for the dictatorships reps.

While activily working against the host USA they could be entertained simply.

The EPA closed it down as the water could cause many airborne diseases.

No problem , a couple of millions and the water was treated so the Rats could have their show at taxpayer expense.

Cant wait to install a sewer treatment plant to "cure" the exhaust from my 4hp Johnson.

Here's the scoop from LA Licata. Seems this is the EPA's response to the bills exempting pleasure craft from the individual permitting process. While this isn't law yet, if it becomes implemented, you'll be "permitted" under a general permit from the EPA if you're under 79'. 79' and over will have to apply for an individual EPA permit.
EPA Proposes Vessel Discharge Permits

Release date: 06/16/2008

Contact Information: Latisha Petteway, (202) 564-4355 /

(Washington, DC June 16, 2008)The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency is proposing two general permits under the Clean Water Act
that will cover discharges incidental to normal operation of
commercial and recreational vessels. Based on agency estimates, as
many as 91,000 commercial vessels and about 13 million recreational
boats could be affected.

EPA is proposing a practical approach as we work with Congress on a
longer-term, comprehensive solution, said Assistant Administrator
for Water Benjamin H. Grumbles. We believe it is good environmental
policy and common sense to promote clean boating without imposing new
permits on millions of boaters.

As a result of a court ruling currently under appeal, vessel owners
or operators whose discharges have previously been exempt from Clean
Water Act requirements for the last 35 years will require a permit as
of September 30, 2008. EPA is proposing control technologies and
management practices that enhance environmental protection and are
practical to implement.

The commercial and large recreational vessel general permit (VGP)
would cover all commercial vessels and recreational vessels 79 feet
or longer. For vessels that carry ballast water, it would incorporate
the Coast Guard mandatory ballast water management and exchange
standards, and have supplemental ballast water requirements. The VGP
would provide technology-based and water-quality-based effluent
limits for other types of discharges including deck runoff,
bilgewater, gray water and other types of pollutants. The permit also
establishes specific corrective actions, inspections and monitoring
requirements as well as recordkeeping and reporting requirements.
Only a subset of the vessels potentially affected by this permit will
have to submit a Notice of Intent for coverage; for all the other
vessels their coverage would be automatic.

The permit for smaller recreational vessels measuring less than 79
feet in length contains simpler provisions. These smaller vessels,
which are substantially different in both size and operation from
larger vessels, would need to comply with new and established best
management practices. In addition, these smaller vessels would not be
required to submit a Notice of Intent for coverage under the permit;
their coverage would be automatic.

EPA is inviting comments on both proposed permits for a period of 45
days. EPA will be holding public meetings and a hearing starting June

June 19 - Washington, DC meeting
June 24 - Portland, Oregon meeting
June 26 - Chicago, Illinois meeting
July 2 - public Webcast meeting
July 21 - Washington, DC hearing

Information on the permits and meetings:
All I can say is - Bob Barr for President.

With Obama and McCain, we ain't got a chance!

Every vote lost in blocking the Obamanation puts us that much closer to failure as a NATION.

TRIPPELING TAXES , siezing the health care industry , nationalizing oil and re creating Smoot Hawley by unilaterly rejecting all existing trade agreements is surely a change , but hardly for the better.

Posted on today's Scuttlebutt

"In a remarkable display of bipartisan support for recreational boating,
both the United States House and Senate passed S. 2766 on Tuesday, "The
Clean Boating Act of 2008", which will permanently restore a
long-standing exemption for recreational boats from permitting
requirements under the Clean Water Act. The legislation now goes to the
White House for the President's signature."

At one time the La La Land "legislature" decided that since RV's were big and heavy the drivers should have commercial CDL licenses.

After it came out in a number of RV pubs the legislators pgones melted.

Geezers VOTE , unfortuniatly only once (unlike the next "corination" where the imbecile kid will get 130% of the registered voters in some states).

But the threat of the geezers hitting the poles , with a list of the "bastards" took away their hobby was too much .

Guess there are still a bunch of voters with boats.

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