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Monday, February 19, 2018

Environmental Protection Agency News

Cummins Unveils New EPA Tier 3 Marine Generator

(Photo: Cummins)

Cummins Inc. has expanded the power range of its U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 3 certified marine generator product line. Cummins will now feature a new Onan Marine QD series generator with a power range of 40 kWe to 65 kWe, offering customers reduced emissions with the quietest operation in the industry, according to the manufacturer. The series’ expanded power range was announced during the Miami International Boat Show, and comes as recreational vessels are requiring more electrical capacity to power increasing house loads.

Penalties for Illegal Dumping

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Press Release

EPA Recognizes Shipyard Environmental Innovations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Press Release

EPA not Required to Exceed MARPOL Standards

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not required by the Clean Air Act (CAA) to immediately set emission standards for marine diesel engines higher than the standards provided for in MARPOL Annex VI. In the instant case, an environmental advocacy group sued the EPA after that agency promulgated a regulation that adopted the MARPOL standard for large marine diesel engines. Plaintiffs argued that the CAA is a technology-forcing statute, requiring the EPA to adopt standards higher than those already in existence. The court, noting that the EPA had adopted a two-step approach calling for potentially higher standards in 2007, ruled that the agency’s decision was not arbitrary. Bluewater Network v.

EPA without authority to exempt ballast water discharges

A federal judge in San Francisco ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lacks authority to exempt ballast water discharges from requirements of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA). With limited exemptions, the FWPCA prohibits discharges of any pollutant from a point source (such as a ship) into navigable waters of the United States, except in accordance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). Since 1973, the EPA has exempted ballast water discharges from the NPDES requirements. In 1999, various environmental advocacy groups petitioned the EPA to revoke the exemption. The EPA declined and this litigation ensued. It is too early to determine how this matter will be resolved, but ship owners and operators should pay close attention.

EPA Awards Great Lakes Shipyard Drydocking Contract

Lake Explorer II

Great Lakes Shipyard has been awarded a contract for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) R/V Lake Explorer II. The research vessel was hauled out using the 770-ton capacity Marine Travelift at Great Lakes Shipyard. The repair contract that started on August 14, 2014 includes drydocking, routine repairs and maintenance, upgrades and design, fabrication and installation of a new bulbous bow. The 90-foot research vessel has been stationed in its homeport of Duluth, Minnesota since 2009, and is the newest addition to the U.S.

Maritime Administration Environment Director Honored

Michael Carter, Director of the Office of Environment at the Maritime Administration, recently received a Team Bronze Medal from the Environmental Protection Agency for his work with the Vessels-to-Reefs Guidance Development Team. Other team members, who were also awarded the medal, included participants from the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Navy, and the Office of Management and Budget. The Artificial Reefing Best Management Practices were developed to provide the first consistent set of guidelines for use by EPA regions, states, the Maritime Administration and the Navy to prepare ships for artificial reefing in an environmentally sound manner. The guidelines now provide a baseline for the states to estimate the costs associated with preparing the ships.

New York – No Discharge Zones

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that it has determined that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for Hempstead Harbor, Nassau County, New York. The harbor is thus designated a Vessel Waste No Discharge Zone. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that it has determined that adequate facilities for the safe and sanitary removal and treatment of sewage from all vessels are reasonably available for Oyster Bay/Cold Springs Harbor Complex, Nassau and Suffolk Counties, New York. The harbor complex is thus designated a Vessel Waste No Discharge Zone. (Source: Holland & Knight)

North America ECA: Alaska Senator Protests

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich urges US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take 'hybrid' approach to cruise ships in Alaskan waters. The senator is leading an effort with Hawaii’s senators urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to adopt a phased-in approach for cruise ships forced to meet stricter standards for air emissions under the North American Emission Control Area, or ECA. Under the ECA, cruise ships will be required to burn more expensive, cleaner-burning fuel in specific geographic areas in the U.S., including all of Alaska’s Inside Passage through the Gulf of Alaska and up to the major cruise ports of Whittier and Seward.

Agencies Reach Accord on Managing Long Island Sound Dredged Materials

Six government agencies tasked with regulating dredging activities in Long Island Sound have reached accord on a process to support the goal of reducing or eliminating open water disposal of dredged materials into the Sound while maintaining the economic viability of New York and Connecticut's working ports. agencies to formally administer a Regional Dredging Team to comply with the June 3, 2005, rulemaking by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(USEPA) that designated open-water dredged material disposal sites in Central Long Island Sound (CLIS) and Western Long Island Sound (WLIS). The establishment of the Regional Dredging Team…

UN Environment Visits IMO

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

​When it comes to ocean protection and delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals,  International Maritime Organization (IMO) and UN Environment share a great deal of common ground. Erik Solheim, Executive Director of UN Environment, paid a visit to IMO today to talk with IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim about collaboration between the two Organizations, particularly how to address SDG 14 -  life below water. The issue of microplastic and how to curb its presence in the ocean was discussed as a high priority…

Port of Houston Authority Gets EPA Award

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented the Port of Houston Authority an environmental award for commitment to environmentally beneficial practices that go beyond regulatory requirements. The port has committed to reduce total water use by 5%, non-hazardous waste by 15%, emissions of volatile organic compounds by 15%, and energy use by 10%. source: HK Law

EPA Proposes to Increase Civil Penalties

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would, if adopted, increase the maximum civil penalty for most violations of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and other environmental statutes from $27,500 to $32,500. The increase is intended to account for inflation. Comments on the NPRM should be submitted by August 4, 2003. Source: HK Law

United Defense Shipyard Receives EPA Award

United Defense announced the presentation of an environmental stewardship award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to Southwest Marine (SWM), its San Diego, Calif., shipyard. EPA Chief of Staff Thomas J. Gibson presented the award to SWM for the company's “outstanding voluntary contributions to environmental protection.” Southwest Marine played a key role, partnering with the EPA, in the development of an Environmental Management Systems Guide. This guide provides a plan for the shipbuilding and ship repair industry to help eliminate or greatly reduce potential sources of environmental pollution during the production process.

USCG, Enbridge to Conduct Oil Spill Response Exercise

The Coast Guard 9th District, partner agencies, and Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership will conduct a full-scale oil spill response exercise in Indian River, Michigan, Wednesday. More than 200 participants from the Coast Guard; Enbridge; the Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet County Office of Emergency Management; Michigan Department of Environmental Quality; and the Environmental Protection Agency, will participate in the exercise, which simulates a breach in Enbridge’s Line 5 and a worst-case discharge of light crude oil.

Tributyltin – final aquatic life criteria

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Notice stating that it has released the final aquatic life criteria document for tributyltin (TBT). This document may be of particular interest to shipyards that apply or remove anti-fouling paints from the hulls of ships and to ship recycling facilities. 69 Fed. Reg. 342 (January 5, 2004). (Source: HK Law)

Connecticut Lobbies EPA for Discharge Elimination

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Notice stating that it received a petition from the State of Connecticut requesting that virtually all coastal waters of the state be declared a No Discharge Area with respect to discharges from marine sanitation devices on vessels operating in such waters. Comments on this petition should be submitted by June 1. 69 Fed. Reg. 20008 (HK Law).

Screening for Invasive Species

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Notice stating that it is planning to develop and apply DNA-based methods for identifying organisms in ballast samples that can provide accurate and consistent species level identifications for all the dominant taxonomic groups found in ballast. A tall order indeed. (HK Law).

EPA and USACE Propose Definition of Waters of the United States

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking comments on the regulatory definition of 'waters of the United States'. This term is used with regard to federal jurisdiction over pollution incidents and dumping, among other things. Comments should be submitted by March 3, 2003. 68 Fed. Reg. 1991

Polluter Receives Jail Sentence

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a press release stating that a Seattle area marine construction company owner was sentenced to six months imprisonment and one year of supervised release after he was convicted for failing to appear at his earlier trial for violating the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. A tug owned by his company sank in Puget Sound in 1995, spilling oil. Evidence indicated that the owner knowingly failed to maintain the vessel.

Emission Controls on Spark-Ignition Marine Engines Proposed

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would, if adopted, establish evaporative emissions standards for marine vessels that use spark-ignition engines (including sterndrive, inboard, and outboard engines and personal watercraft). Comments should be submitted by November 8, 2002.

EPA Issues Homeland Security Strategic Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its HomelandSecurity Strategic Plan. The plan provides, among other things, that the EPA will be an active participant in national security and homeland security efforts pertaining to transportation. In this regard, the EPA will work to enhance emergency preparedness for transportation incidents involving radiation and work with the Customs Service to prevent importation of unwanted radioactive materials and to better control imports and exports of toxic and hazardous materials and wastes. Source: HK Law

EPA Issues Emissions Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued emission standards for several groups of nonroad engines, including recreational marine diesel engines. The rule comes into effect on January 7, 2003.

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