H.R.980 - Vessel Incidental Discharge Act114th Congress (2015-2016)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Hunter, Duncan D. [R-CA-50] (Introduced 02/13/2015)|
|Committees:||House - Transportation and Infrastructure|
|Latest Action:||House - 02/17/2015 Referred to the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.980 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (02/13/2015)
Vessel Incidental Discharge Act
This bill requires the Coast Guard to establish and implement enforceable uniform national standards for the regulation of discharges incidental to the normal operation of a vessel into navigable waters. The Coast Guard's existing rule for ballast water discharges incidental to the normal operation of a vessel are adopted until those performance standards are revised or a more stringent state standard is adopted. Ballast water is water taken aboard a vessel to control stability or during the operation of a vessel's ballast water treatment technology.
Within two years, the Coast Guard must establish best management practices for discharges incidental to the normal operation of a vessel other than ballast water.
By January 1, 2020, the Coast Guard must complete a feasibility review to determine whether revising ballast water performance standards will result in a scientifically demonstrable and substantial reduction in the risk of introduction or establishment of aquatic nuisance species. The Coast Guard must establish a revised standard based on the ballast water treatment technology available. Further revisions to the performance standards are to be considered every 10 years.
This bill establishes a certification requirement for ballast water treatment technology. The Coast Guard may not approve a technology if it uses a biocide or generates a biocide that is a pesticide.
This bill establishes a petition process for a state seeking to enforce a state or local statute or regulation related to ballast water discharges incidental to the normal operation of a vessel that is more stringent than federal performance standards.