S.2645 - Vessel Discharge Evaluation and Review Act110th Congress (2007-2008)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Stevens, Ted [R-AK] (Introduced 02/14/2008)|
|Committees:||Senate - Commerce, Science, and Transportation|
|Latest Action:||02/14/2008 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.|
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Summary: S.2645 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (02/14/2008)
Vessel Discharge Evaluation and Review Act - Directs the Coast Guard's Commandant to conduct an evaluation of vessel discharges, other than aquatic nuisance species, and report to specified congressional committees.
Amends the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990 to suspend, beginning on the date of enactment of this Act and notwithstanding any other provision of law, any requirement to obtain a permit for a discharge incidental to the normal operation of a vessel. Requires promulgation of a final rule establishing enforceable uniform national discharge standards modeled on the regulatory program for vessels of the Armed Forces and based upon the best available technology.
Preempts related state and local laws regarding a discharge incidental to the normal operation of a vessel, subject to exception.
Lists certain discharges that are unaffected by or excluded from this Act, including Armed Forces vessels, discharges of vessel sewage, and discharges related to aquatic nuisance species.
Makes this Act, notwithstanding any other provision of law, the exclusive statutory authority for federal regulation of vessel discharges to which these provisions apply.