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The enviro cops is a term used here to descibe any authority associated with environmental issues and in fact the determination was not done by some guy in a marina but the result of a request by the local marine industry for clarification from the Water Resources Board. The board determined that epoxy bottoms are essentially boats without bottom paint, which can be cleaned in our state, as can bare fiberglass. As a marine industry professional, I would not ask any diver to break the law.
But as you say, bottom cleaning should be in compliance with state law and it is the responsibility of the owner or their representative to be aware of the regs.
Nevertheless, VC bottoms are expensive to maintain.