Webinars Will Give Overview On VIDA

The recently passed Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to promulgate federal standards of performance for marine pollution control devices and best management practices, and to control or abate any discharge incidental to the normal operation of a vessel, no later than two years after enactment.

VIDA then requires the Coast Guard to publish implementing regulations no later than two years after the EPA publishes new or revised standards of performance.

The EPA and Coast Guard will host two upcoming webinars to provide a general overview of VIDA, discuss interim and future discharge requirements, describe future state and public engagement opportunities, and answer select clarifying questions raised by the audience.

The dates are:

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• May 7, 2019 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. EST (Register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6495610530192866316)

• May 15, 2019 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. EST (Register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3129022474263622668)

Participants may choose to register for either date provided. For technical support with registration or during the webinars, contact the EPA.

For more information, contact the Coast Guard’s Office of Operating and Environmental Standards at environmental_standards@uscg.mil.