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108th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 1027 To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act relating to marine sanitation devices. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES February 27, 2003 Mr. Saxton introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act relating to marine sanitation devices. 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 Act''. 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 standards. (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 Control Act. (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 Act.''. 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)). <all>
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