September 29, 2006
Court orders EPA to regulate ballast water
BlankRome has issued a Maritime Developments Advisory on a September 18, 2006, decision of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
The court issued a permanent injunction ordering the Environmental Protection Agency to vacate its current exemption for vessel discharges from the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit requirements. EPA has until September 30, 2008, to issue new regulations. Incidental vessel discharges will remain exempt until that date.