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NPDES, MARPOL, VGP, or NOI?
MITAGS-PMI New Course Dates for “Introduction to Environmental Regulations in the Maritime Industry –EPA General Permit for Commercial Vessels”
With the introduction of the Vessel General Permit (VGP), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has captured an estimated 70,000 additional regulated units that have previously been exempt from permitting requirements in U.S. waters. In the brief time granted for implementation, this new universe of permitees; while previously subject to numerous international, national, state and local requirements; will be challenged to understand, incorporate, and manage a new set of discharge requirements that were previously unregulated by the EPA.
A Clean Water Act Permit is a unique regulatory tool with which commercial vessel operators have little to no experience. Therefore, training will be required not only on the specific requirements of the permit, but also on the environmental aspects of vessel operations, reading and interpretation of the VGP, monitoring, recordkeeping, recording, notification requirements, and Notice of Intent (NOI), as well as other aspects of the permit implementation.