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I spoke with Regulatory Affairs folks at BoatUS about this before the Act was passed and came away with an understanding that the exemption was from both Federal or State permits.
I'm not a lawyer and didn't stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night
, but it seems to me the wording in the act is consistent with that understanding.
Excerpted from the text of the passed ACT:
This Act may be cited as the `Clean Boating Act of 2008'.discharge is from a recreational vessel.'.
SEC. 2. DISCHARGES INCIDENTAL TO THE NORMAL OPERATION OF
Section 402 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C.
1342) is amended by adding at the end the following:
`(r) Discharges Incidental to the Normal Operation of Recreational
Vessels- No permit shall be required under this Act by the
Administrator (or a State, in the case of a permit program approved
under subsection (b)) for the discharge of any graywater, bilge water,
cooling water, weather deck runoff, oil water separator effluent, or
effluent from properly functioning marine engines, or any other
discharge that is incidental to the normal operation of a vessel, if the
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US East Coast
1962 40' Auxiliary Cutter
S.S. Crocker - Design # 330
Last edited by Whampoa; 08-26-2008 at 08:22 AM.