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My understanding is that type III (holding tank) systems are "permit by rule"; if they hold the waste they are certified.
Type I and II must be certified under federal law, so that is not new.
§ 159.12a Certification of certain Type III devices.
(a) The purpose of this section is to provide regulations for certification of certain Type III devices.
(b) Any Type III device is considered certified under this section if:
(1) It is used solely for the storage of sewage and flushwater at ambient air pressure and temperature; and
(2) It is in compliance with §159.53(c).
(c) Any device certified under this section need not comply with the other regulations in this part except as required in paragraphs (b)(2) and (d) of this section and may not be labeled under §159.16.
(d) Each device certified under this section which is installed aboard an inspected vessel must comply with §159.97.
(c) Be designed to prevent the overboard discharge of treated or untreated sewage or any waste derived from sewage (Type III).
159.97 simply states it is part of the inspection.
Sometimes they are stated to be "certified", but it's not much of a claim.
I'm guessing they want to be certain the Y-valve is sealed or removed, as there is no discharge from type III in inland waters.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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Last edited by pdqaltair; 06-28-2011 at 10:46 PM.