Dry Cargo Residue Discharges in the Great Lakes (See Attached) USCG-2003-16814

Docket ID: USCG-2004-19621
Agency: Coast Guard (USCG)
Parent Agency: Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
The historical practice of bulk dry cargo vessels on the Great Lakes is to discharge cargo residues ("dry cargo residue" or DCR) overboard. Dry cargo residue is cargo that remains on the deck or cargo spaces after loading or unloading operations. Generally, these residues include limestone and other clean stone, iron ore (such as taconite), coal, salt, and cement. These substances are primarily inorganic, non-toxic, and non-hazardous. Public Law 108-293, sec. 623(b), gives the Coast Guard regulatory authority over DCR discharges in the Great Lakes. An Interim Rule (73 FR 56492, Sep. 29, 2008) allows the discharge of bulk DCR in limited areas of the Great Lakes by self-propelled vessels and by any barge that is part of an integrated tug and barge unit. A Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM), (77 FR 44528, July 30 2012), proposed replacing its existing interim rule with a new rule and also announced the availability of a tiered Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) prepared in support of the SNPRM. The SNPRM proposed to allow the discharge of DCR in limited areas of the Great Lakes. However, vessel owners and operators would need to minimize DCR discharges using methods they would be required to document in DCR management plans. The SNPRM also proposed to prohibit limestone and clean stone discharges in some waters where they are now permitted.
RIN: 1625-AA89
Impacts and Effects: None
CFR Citation: 33 CFR 151
Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant
UA and Regulatory Plan Information open glossary dialog  
Publication Period: Spring 2014
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Action
Major Rule: No
Legal Authorities: PL 108-293
Legal Deadlines: None
Government Levels Affected: No
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: No
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: No
Energy Effects: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
ActionDateFR Citation
NPRM05/23/200873 FR 30014
NPRM Comment Period End07/22/2008
Interim Final Rule09/29/200873 FR 56492
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End01/15/2009
Supplemental NPRM07/30/201277 FR 44528
Supplemental NPRM Comment Period End10/29/2012
Notice09/25/201378 FR 58986
Notice Comment Period End10/25/2013
Final Rule01/31/201479 FR 5261
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Related RINs: None
Related Dockets: None
Action Office: CG HQ
Subtype: Environmental Protection
Type: Rulemaking

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
Oct 25, 2013 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 09/25/2013
ID: USCG-2004-19621-0197
Comment Period Closed
Oct 29, 2012 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 07/30/2012
ID: USCG-2004-19621-0184
Comment Period Closed
Mar 30, 2009 11:59 PM ET
Posted: 12/29/2008
ID: USCG-2004-19621-0150
Comment Period Closed
Jan 15, 2009 11:59 PM ET
Posted: 09/29/2008
ID: USCG-2004-19621-0144
Comment Period Closed
Sep 22, 2008 11:59 PM ET
Posted: 08/22/2008
ID: USCG-2004-19621-0122

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 01/28/2014
ID: USCG-2004-19621-0209
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 01/15/2014
ID: USCG-2004-19621-0208
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 10/01/2013
ID: USCG-2004-19621-0202


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