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We are having this "discussion" because the EPA does NOT have a tract record of resonable restrictions. I would be willing to spend money equivalent to a water maker for a simular sized, and priced device that cleans discharge. Right now it would be a waste of money for two reasons, 1. I would still be fined in "no Discharge" zones, and 2nd I would have to pay monthly fees, and buy numerous permits to operate even past the three mile line, where now I can legally dump raw untreated sewage!
Also cruise ships dump their thousand gallon tanks just before crossing the line creating an ungodly stink that goes clear to shore. Cruise liners, and commercial ships are large enough and have enough money to install advanced treatment systems, but they do not,...Why? there is not only NO incentive to do so, there is a BIG disencentive. If they spent the 10's of thousands to install such a sysem there is no guarantee that whatever system they install will not be outlawed the next year, and that they would not be impacted by increased fees, and or fines anyway.
Basically the same reason I don't. If West Marine sold a greywater treatment system that was reasonably priced, and guaranteed imunity from prosecution, I would buy one now.
Even if it was only a disposable filter cartridge that removed soap, and oils wouldn't that be an improvement over nothing? The problem is NO ONE is proposing such a reasonable restriction. And even if I was to install one, I would have to pay annual fees for a "filter license", and the filter police to regularly inspect by boat. And a new billion dollar agency the BFD, (boat filter department), would be created to oversee and manage these government approved filters that would cost ten times more than unapproved filters that are identical except for the government stamp. Good luck, we are going to need it.
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