SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 — Law firm Blank Rome has issued an advisory on the Small Vessel General Permit (sVGP) that is scheduled to come into effect on December 19, 2014. It will apply to non-military, commercial vessels that are less than 79 feet in length. Compliance with the sVGP allows vessels to meet the Clean Water Act requirement to obtain National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit coverage for discharges incidental to normal operations.
The rapidly approaching effective date means that owners and operators of an estimated 138,000 small vessels should fill out the required permit paperwork and ensure their operations are in alignment with the sVGP, says Blank Rome.
Read the Blank Rome advisory HERE