Vessel General Permit (VGP) 3.0 – Where is it?


This is an extract of a report supplied by the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) with the intention of keeping BIMCO members appraised of legislative developments in the US affecting international shipping. The full CSA report is also provided. 

As reported last month, given the expiration of VGP 2.0 in mid-December 2018 and the critical need to have something in place e.g. VGP 3.0 when VGP 2.0 expires (the Clean Water Act requires these discharges to be covered by a discharge permit), CSA continues discussions with EPA on possible alternatives including extension of the current VGP 2.0 for some period of time or reissuance of VGP 2.0 as VGP 3.0 for the full 5 year permit term.  CSA has nothing new to report this month but will provide updates as information becomes available.

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