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R42142 – EPA’s Vessel General Permits: Background and Issues – 10/12/2016

Author: Claudia Copeland, Specialist in Resources and Environmental Policy
Pages: 24

This report is an overview of the revised VGP for large vessels and two key issues: inclusion of numeric performance standards to limit ballast water discharges from vessels, and controversies about the role of states in regulating vessel discharges. It also reviews the final sVGP for small vessels and Congress’s recent interest in these issues. Bills: H.R. 980, H.R. 3464, H.R. 4005, H.R. 5769, H.R. 2838, S. 371, S. 2094, S. 2943