Bill Would Restore Waste-Discharge Exemption for Commercial Boats

Boston Harbor, photo/New England Boating.
Boston Harbor, photo/New England Boating.

Gloucester Times: Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has signed onto proposed federal legislation that would develop uniform standards for vessel discharges and restore an exemption from portions of the Clean Water Act previously enjoyed by commercial fishing boats.

Warren is co-sponsoring the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act legislation filed by U.S. Senators Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Marco Rubio (R-Florida) that is meant to streamline regulations and eliminate redundancies.
Rubio initially filed the bill in 2012, but it died in committee.

Read more about the waste-exemption bill for commercial boats.