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On October 18, 2023, the EPA published a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“SNPR”) regarding incidental discharges from vessels, proposing national performance standards under the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (“VIDA”). The VIDA, enacted in December 2018, will standardize incidental discharge permits and regulations, replacing the 2013 Vessel General Permit (“VGP”) that commercial vessels are currently required to follow. The SNPR presents new data on ballast water management systems and solicits public comments on the standards and definitions applicable to ballast tanks, hulls and associated niche areas, and graywater systems. The SNPR responds to comments to the EPA’s proposed VIDA standards in its initial Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from three years ago, bringing VIDA one step closer to full implementation.

Read the full post by Liskow attorneys Nicolette Kraska, Emily von Qualen, and Clare Beinvenu on The Energy Law Blog here.

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