To avoid potential delays, Notice of Intent must be filed by 19th September 2009.
The article “US Vessel General Permit – The case of the reluctant regulator” in Gard News issue No. 194 reported on the US Environmental Protection Agency’s implementation of the Vessel General Permit for discharges incidental to the normal operation of vessels. The table below is a reminder of the 19th September 2009 deadline for certain vessels to file a Notice of Intent.
1 For additional details, see the article “US Vessel General Permit – The case of the reluctant regulator” in Gard News issue No. 194, or visit the US EPA website page on the VGP programme at http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/home.cfm? program_id=350.
2 Notice of Intent can be filed online at http://cdx.epa.gov/epa_home.asp.
See also www.epa.gov/npdes/pubs/vessels_cdx_overview.pdf.
3 Automatic coverage for this programme for vessels >300 GT or capacity to discharge >8 cu m of ballast water expires on 19th September 2009. If no Notice of Intent is filed before that date, vessel may have to wait 30 days for coverage, which could cause delay in permission to enter US waters.
4 Record of activities to meet “best management practices” under VGP programme should have already begun.
Gard News 195, August/October 2009
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