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A bill to clarify the circumstances during which the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and applicable States may require permits for discharges from certain vessels, and to require the Administrator to conduct a study of discharges incidental to the normal operation of vessels.


Actions Overview (6)

Date
07/31/2008Became Public Law No: 110-299. (TXT | PDF)
07/31/2008Signed by President.
07/25/2008Presented to President.
07/22/2008Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.(text: CR H6752)
07/22/2008Passed/agreed to in Senate: Introduced in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without amendment by Unanimous Consent.(consideration: CR S6981-6983; text as passed Senate: CR S6983)
07/22/2008Introduced in Senate

All Actions (12)

Date Chamber
07/31/2008Became Public Law No: 110-299. (TXT | PDF)
07/31/2008Signed by President.
07/25/2008SenatePresented to President.
07/22/2008-3:49pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
07/22/2008-3:49pmHouseOn motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H6752)
07/22/2008-3:32pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 3298.
07/22/2008-3:32pmHouseConsidered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H6752-6756)
07/22/2008-3:32pmHouseMr. Oberstar moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
07/22/2008-2:05pmHouseHeld at the desk.
07/22/2008-2:04pmHouseReceived in the House.
07/22/2008SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
07/22/2008SenateIntroduced in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without amendment by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S6981-6983; text as passed Senate: CR S6983)

Committees (1)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Transportation and Infrastructure08/15/2008 Legislative interest

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Latest Summary (2)

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Public Law No: 110-299 (07/31/2008)

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.)

Prohibits the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), or a state with an approved National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, from requiring an NPDES permit for a covered vessel for the next two years for any discharge: (1) of effluent from properly functioning marine engines; (2) of laundry, shower, and galley sink wastes; or (3) that is incidental to the normal operation of a covered vessel. Defines "covered vessel" to mean a vessel that is less than 79 feet in length or a fishing vessel.

Requires the Administrator to evaluate the impacts of such discharges, excluding discharges: (1) from a vessel of the Armed Forces; (2) of sewage from a vessel, other than the discharge of graywater from a vessel operating on the Great Lakes; and (3) of ballast water. Requires the Administrator to: (1) provide for public comment on a draft of such evaluation; and (2) submit a final report to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, and the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.

Provides that such prohibition does not apply with respect to: (1) rubbish, trash, garbage, or other such materials discharged overboard; (2) other discharges when the vessel is operating in a capacity other than as a means of transportation; (3) ballast water discharges; or (4) any discharge that contributes to a violation of a water quality standard or poses an unacceptable risk to human health or the environment.