The draft report summarizes the primary pollutant concentrations in the discharges sampled and evaluates the potential environmental impact of these discharges on large water bodies. For the draft report, EPA sampled wastewater discharges and gathered shipboard process information from 61 vessels. Vessels were sampled in 15 separate cities and towns in nine states across multiple geographic regions. Public comments on the draft report, Study of Discharges Incidental to Normal Operation of Commercial Fishing Vessels and Other Non-Recreational Vessels Less than 79 Feet, will be accepted for 30 days following publication in the Federal Register soon. EPA will then consider the comments and finalize the report for submission to Congress.
Access a release from EPA (click here). Access more information on the draft report to Congress on vessel discharges (click here).