Monday, August 31, 2009

Proposed Rules & PEIS For Ballast Discharge Standards

Aug 28: The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking for Standards for Living Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters [74 FR 44631-44672, 8/28/09]; and a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the standards [74 FR 44673-44674, 8/28/09].

In the proposed rulemaking, the Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations on ballast water management by establishing standards for the allowable concentration of living organisms in ships' ballast water discharged in U.S. waters. The Coast Guard also proposes to amend its regulations for approving engineering equipment by establishing an approval process for ballast water management systems. The Coast Guard says the new regulations would aid in controlling the introduction and spread of nonindigenous species from ships discharging ballast water in U.S. waters.

The availability of a Draft PEIS for the rulemaking provides an assessment of the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed establishment of ballast water discharge standards. The standards would be used to approve alternative ballast water management methods that are effective in preventing or reducing the introduction of nonindigenous species via discharged ballast water into United States waters. Comments and related material on the proposed rules and the draft PEIS must be submitted on or before November 27, 2009.

Access the proposed rule FR announcement (
click here). Access the draft PEIS FR announcement (click here). Access the combined docket USCG-2001-10486 for both actions (click here).