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Pump the water into jugs, carry the jugs home, dump the water into your toilet. Don't tell anyone and close the bathroom door.

"A man in Florida let his kids play with a bottle of mercury," We use to take mercury to school in bottles and play with it during recess. I'm still alive and have not grown an extra limb or eye in the 50 years since then. Common sense isn't common anymore.
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Heaven forbid your bilge pump should come on.

Our marina is close to where the large ships come in. The oil tankers, car carriers and cargo ships all dock along where we sail out. Once a week or so we see diesel or something else spilled from one of them. We're probably talking many gallons, too. I don't think I've ever seen any of them fined.
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Once a week or so we see diesel or something else spilled from one of them. We're probably talking many gallons, too. I don't think I've ever seen any of them fined.
Of course not, that would make to much sense...kind of like banning that awful copper from "recreational boats, under 65'".....while a week later we find hospitals are going to use copper sheeting to "kill germs, eliminate MRSA" and other things...

Bad or not bad? Matters not to the powers that be....and the enforcers. They are busy siting people on the lakes for not having their un-used sinks plugged...you no, NO discharges
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I would use some oil diapers to absorb the oil then dispose of the remaining water overboard or by pouring it out on some asphalt.
which got me thinking... What do you suppose Asphalt is?

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Asphalt /ˈæsfɔːlt/ is a sticky, black and highly viscous liquid or semi-solid that is present in most crude petroleums and in some natural deposits... One writer states that although a "considerable amount of work has been done on the composition of asphalt, it is exceedingly difficult to separate individual hydrocarbon in pure form",[2] and "it is almost impossible to separate and identify all the different molecules of asphalt, because the number of molecules with different chemical structure is extremely large".[3]
In American English, asphalt (or asphalt cement) is the carefully refined residue from the distillation process of selected crude oils...
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Asphalt is typically stored and transported at temperatures around 150 degrees Celsius (300 °F). Sometimes diesel oil or kerosene are mixed in before shipping to retain liquidity; upon delivery, these lighter materials are separated out of the mixture. This mixture is often called bitumen feedstock, or BFS. Some dump trucks route the hot engine exhaust through pipes in the dump body to keep the material warm. The backs of tippers carrying asphalt, as well as some handling equipment, are also commonly sprayed with a releasing agent before filling to aid release. Diesel oil is sometimes used as a release agent, although it can mix with and thereby reduce the quality of the asphalt.
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Now who is going to clean up THAT mess?
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I can state with absolute certainty that large commercial vessels DO, in fact, get fined and sometimes even criminally investigated by the USCG for not properly managing their oily bilge water. It's simply a matter of getting caught. USCG takes it very seriously. The fact that you sometimes see big boats going by and leaving a rainbow in their wake doesn't mean they wouldn't get fined if the CG knew about it anymore than the cops don't care about the guy that passes you on the interstate every day on the way to work doing 89 miles per hour. Sooner or later, he'll get caught and get a ticket.

The simple answer as to why you can't just pump your oily bilge water out is that it's a violation of federal law. And EPA is proposing more regulations to make it even more complicated - specific bilge water management requirements for small pleasure craft.

I also can state with absolute certainty that owners of personal small pleasure vessels also can and will be fined for sheens on the water that are traced back to their boats. USCG or state officials will either respond to a complaint or report, or will trace a sheen that they come upon themselves. If they find it coming from your boat, you get your ticket punched. Just ask my father about it...
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I'm with Knotty about this. If you use oil absorbent pads to soak up ALL the oil on the bilge water, what is left is going to be just water. If you take that water and pour it thru a clean oil absorbent pad what goes thru will be just water. The last time I checked with the reality police it was OK to dump WATER, on the ground. I'm sure if you called the local TV station and informed them of what you were doing some government agency would find something they could fine you for, so don't call them. Oh, and those "Waste Oil" tanks at marinas are just for WASTE OIL. No oily bilge water, no antifreeze, nothing but OIL. If you dump bilge water in the tank or anything except oil, the marina will have to pay hazardous waste disposal fees to get rid of it instead of the oil recycler taking it away for free. If this happens too often, guess what happens, the waste oil tank disappears and then people dispose of waste oil the old fashioned way, they dump it where they don't think anyone will see them (usually a storm drain that goes directly to a water way).
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My old marina had a waste oil dump tank, bilge water and all kinds of gook was put into this tank. Maybe your marina or boatyard has one as well?
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Here's another lawful possibility: My town will accept reasonable amounts of contaminants from residents for free. When I broke up an old boat I drained the fuel into cans and brought it to the dump, where they have a facility to recycle or properly dispose of gasoline, diesel, paint, antifreeze, etc. Look up your municipal website.
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I stick mine in a bucket and dump it over the side. One big advantage of having nothing oily in the boat
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Pump the water into jugs, carry the jugs home, dump the water into your toilet. Don't tell anyone and close the bathroom door.
I hope that was a tongue in cheek comment. Any other kind is highly irresponsible.

Many complain about "the garbage people through out" that they see in their travels, and then we get this advice?

Please tell me you were not serious.
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