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H. R. 1027
To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act relating to marine
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 27, 2003
Mr. Saxton introduced the following bill; which was referred to the
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act relating to marine
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Recreational Waters Protection
SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES.
(a) Findings.--Congress finds the following:
(1) Performance standards for marine sanitation devices
were first authorized by the Federal Water Pollution Control
Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.).
(2) Marine sanitation device performance standards have not
been updated since regulations were first implemented pursuant
to that Act.
(3) Advances in marine sanitation device technology have
now made it practical for wastes to be treated on board a
vessel to the extent that pollutants can be reduced
significantly below the current marine sanitation device
(4) Setting new marine sanitation device performance
standards will recognize existing technological advances and
spur further innovation to a level of on-board waste treatment
far superior to that envisioned by the original marine
sanitation device standards of the Federal Water Pollution
(b) Purpose.--The purposes of this Act are--
(1) to promote the use of the best available technology in
Type I marine sanitation devices;
(2) to establish a new minimum standard for a Type IA
marine sanitation device so that such standard meets the best
available technology; and
(3) to ensure that recreational boats have more than 1
option for legally handling their sewage in coastal and tidal
waters and that all inland waters as well as no-discharge zones
already established by the States and approved by the
Environmental Protection Agency are exempt from section 312(f)
of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1322(f)).
SEC. 3. REVISED STANDARD FOR MARINE SANITATION DEVICES.
Not more than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall publish a
revised standard for new Type I marine sanitation devices (in this
section referred to as ``Type IA marine sanitation devices''). The
effluent from a Type IA marine sanitation device shall contain not more
than 10 fecal coliform per 100 milliliters or its equivalent and
achieve a 35 percent reduction in biological oxygen demand.
SEC. 4. STATE PROHIBITION.
Section 312(f) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33
U.S.C. 1322(f)) is amended--
(1) in paragraph (3)--
(A) by inserting ``(A)'' before ``After''; and
(B) by adding at the end the following:
``(B) A prohibition under subparagraph (A) shall not apply to a
vessel that operates in the coastal tidal waters of the United States
and operates a Type IA marine sanitation device that meets the
standards for marine sanitation devices revised pursuant to section 3
of the Recreational Waters Protection Act.''; and
(2) by adding at the end of paragraph (4)(A) the following:
``A prohibition under this paragraph shall not apply to a
vessel that operates in the coastal tidal waters of the United
States and operates a Type IA marine sanitation device that
meets the standards for marine sanitation devices revised
pursuant to section 3 of the Recreational Waters Protection
SEC. 5. LIMITATION ON STATUTORY CONSTRUCTION.
Nothing in this Act (including any amendment made by this Act)
shall be construed as affecting any prohibition of the discharge of
sewage from vessels under section 312(f)(4)(B) of the Federal Water
Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1322(f)(4)(B)).
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