Issues & Advocacy

Vessel Discharges

On December 4, President Trump signed the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act into law as part of the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018. This milestone achievement is the result of an intensive, years-long AWO-led coalition advocacy effort to reform a broken system of overlapping and conflicting federal and state regulations for ballast water and other vessel discharges.
Under VIDA, EPA and the U.S. Coast Guard will work together under the Clean Water Act to jointly set and implement standards for ballast water and incidental discharges, in consultation with the states. The legislation will give vessel owners and mariners the certainty of a nationally consistent regulatory system, while ensuring high standards of environmental protection using the best technology economically achievable.
AWO is committed to helping its members navigate through the implementation of VIDA.

You can learn more by listening to our webinar here.

View our press release on VIDA’s passage here.