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Friday, November 24, 2017

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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 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.

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…

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

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

Wärtsilä Environmental Seal Systems First to Gain Recognition

Wärtsilä supports the underwater repair and maintenance of a broad portfolio of seal products. Performing critical maintenance to stern tube seals and other equipment while keeping the vessel in service enables uninterrupte

Wärtsilä has received an important service level recognition for its Wärtsilä Airguard and Wärtsilä Oceanguard propeller shaft sealing systems from Lloyd's Register. The recognition of Lloyd's Register, a marine classification society, confirms that the sealing systems meet the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) requirements. Wärtsilä, the marine industry's leading solutions and services provider and a pioneer in environmentally sustainable sealing solutions, is the first company in the industry to gain this recognition from Lloyd's Register.

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)

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).

West Coast Diesel Initiative

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a West Coast Diesel Initiative, intended to reduce diesel emissions in states on the Pacific coast. Among the projects cited in the release is a plan for certain cruise ships docking in Seattle to hook up to shore power. (HK Law)

American Samoa Port Authority Fined for Oil Spill Prevention Deficiencies

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a News Release stating that the American Samoa Port Authority was fined $2,600 for deficiencies regarding the oil spill prevention measures at its commercial harbor and airport. The port authority is now developing a comprehensive oil spill prevention and control plan. Source: HK Law

Alaska Low-Sulfur Diesel Fuel Transition

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated its final rule implementing requirements for sulfur, cetane, and aromatics for highway, nonroad, locomotive, and marine diesel fuel produced in, imported into, and distributed or used in the rural areas of Alaska. Beginning June 1, 2010, diesel fuel used in these applications must meet the 15 ppm (maximum) sulfur content standard. Source: HK Law

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.

Seattle Cleanup of Lower Duwamish Waterway

The US Environmental Protection Agency EPA has entered into an agreement with the City of Seattle and King County. These two parties will clean up portion of the Lower Duwamish Waterway south of Harbor Island that is contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Source: HK Law

Gulf, Atlantic Strike Teams Assist EPA at Contaminated Facility

One member from the Gulf Strike Team and one member from the Atlantic Strike Team deployed today to assist the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at a contaminated facility in Weogufka, Ala. The strike team members will assist as Federal On-Scene Coordinator Representatives, conduct site safety, monitor contractors, provide photo documentation and cost documentation for lead contaminated soil removal work at Performance Advantage Facility, Inc.

Atlantic Strike Team Assists EPA at Defunct Manufacturing Site

Two members of the Atlantic Strike Team deployed today to assist the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at a defunct manufacturing site in Cortland, N.Y. The strike team members will assist the EPA with health and safety oversight, contractor supervision and air quality monitoring at the Buckbee-Mears Company, which produced cathode ray technology for televisions and computers.

Grant for Cleaner Ferry Engines

The DEQ’s grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will help retrofit two of DOTD’s ferry boats – the M/V Acadia, which operates at the Plaquemines crossing, and the M/V St. Francisville, which operates at the St Francisville/New Roads crossing. This is the first step in re-powering DOTD ferries with new cleaner running engines. DOTD plans to re-power other vessels in the future as additional funding becomes available.

RSC Bio Solutions: SVGP Compliant Fluids & Cleaners

RSC Bio Solutions said that its EnviroLogic Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs), including hydraulic, stern tube and thruster oils, and SAFECARE cleaners and their constituent components have been evaluated by independent laboratories to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) definitions of biodegradable, minimally toxic and not bioaccumulative. RSC Bio Solutions, therefore, certifies its hydraulic fluids and cleaner products as 2014 sVGP compliant. RSC Bio…

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.

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.

Seminar, Environmental Reqs for Ships

A Seminar on Environmental Requirements for Commercial and Navy Ships for Efficient Maritime Operations and Effective Environmental Stewardship will be held on Dec. 9, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in Atlanta, Ga. Sponsored by ASTM Committee F25 on Ships and Marine Technology, the seminar will be held in conjunction with the Dec. 8-10 standards development meetings of the committee. The desired outcome of this seminar is to identify areas where environmental standards should be developed to fill gaps to improve maritime operations and at the same time promote environmental stewardship. Participants will learn the latest requirements for marine environmental protection of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and U.S.

Coast Guard Updates Oil Spill Response

A Unified Incident Command (UIC) comprised of Chevron Products Co., the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) continues to respond to a crude oil spill in the Arthur Kill. • The portion of the Arthur Kill north of Woodbridge Creek has been reopened to traffic. • The total volume of the crude oil spilled is estimated to be approximately 31,000 gallons. • Chevron is managing the spill response with oversight from regulatory agencies represented within the UIC. The UIC is also coordinating with other key stakeholders in the area.

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