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Well the Clean Boating Act is favorable for us from the standpoint of the exemption from the requirement for permits but it did add wording like that found in the Clean Water Act, requiring action by the "Administrator" and other agencies relative to the types of runoff from our boats that might be practically managed and the development of practices and standards for that management that we will likely be required to comply with.
The Clean Boating Act specifies the time periods for these activities by the "Administrator" and it looks like it will be a few years till we see and must comply with whatever they come up with. If you haven't read the Clean Boating Act as well as the full Clean Water Act you should. It will give you a better idea how things might follow now that the Clean Boating Act has been passed.
We will still want to stay tuned to the ongoing activities by the "Administrator" and other involved agencies relative to the development of the list of "incidental discharges", the management practices defined for those discharges and the performance standards related to the management practices.
While the Clean Boating Act bill exempts recreational vessels from, as I read the bill, both federal and state permit reqs., the prohibitions discussed in the later paragraphs are worth paying attention to where a boat owner/operator is not in compliance with the established practices and standards.
In my mind that is where the still unanswered question related to penalties/fines for non-compliance or however they characterize any sort of violation becomes a potentially significant issue.
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US East Coast
1962 40' Auxiliary Cutter
S.S. Crocker - Design # 330