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We discussed this with the enviro cops last year and they determined that cured epoxy is not a biohazard.
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That's my view if it was an ablative it would make a mess.
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We discussed this with the enviro cops last year and they determined that cured epoxy is not a biohazard.
Ummm... I don't know who "the enviro cops" are, but my guess is that they don't make policy regarding water pollution in your state and even if they did, they certainly didn't make that determination based on your conversation with them in the marina (or wherever). I understand your justification for in-water burnishing, but the fact remains, it is likely illegal in your state and your diver does my industry a disservice by agreeing to do it for you.
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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.
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Excellent response and I applaud your attitude. I assumed when you mentioned "cured epoxy" you were referring to a modified epoxy bottom paint.
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