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United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)

VESSEL GENERAL PERMIT FOR DISCHARGES INCIDENTAL TO THE NORMAL OPERATION OF VESSELS rvcn

AUTHORrZATTON TO DrSCHARGE UNDER THE

NATI NAL POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATI N SYSTEM

III compliance with the provisions of the Clean Wa.ter Act ( WA) as amended (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.), any owner or operator ora vessel being operated in a capacity as a means of transportation who:

• ls eligible for permit coverage under Part 1.2:

• Ifrequired by Part 1.5.1, submits a complete and accurate Notice of Intent (NOI)

is authorized to discharge in accordance with the requirements ofthi permit.

General effluent limits for all eligible vessels are given in Part 2. Further vessel class or type specific requirements are given in Part 5 for select vessels and apply ill addition to any genera I effluent lim its in Part 2. Speci fic req u irements that app Iy in indiv idua I States and Ind ian Country Lands are found in Part 6. Definitions of penn it-specific terms used in this permit are provided in Appendix A.

This permit becomes effective 011 December 19,2008 for all juri diction except Alaska and Hawaii.

Th is perm it and the authorization to discharge expi re at mid n ight, Decem berl9, 2013

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4.4 Repo r ting

4.4.1 Reporting noncompliance

You must report all instances of noncompliance with this perm it at least once per year to the regional offices listed in Part 8. Vessel operators must report the noncompliance to the regional office responsible for the waters in which the noncompliance occurred. [fvessels have multiple occurrences of non compliance they rnu t report all noncompliance to the regional office where either: 1 ) the greatest number of noncompliance events occurred, or 2) if the same number of noncompliance events OCCUlTed, to the regional office responsible for waters where the vessel spent the most time.

4 .. 4.2 Reportable Qualltities of Hazardous Substances or Oil

Although not a requirement of this permit, ira di charge contains a hazardous substance oroil in an amount equal to or in excess of a reportable quantity established under 40 FR 110 40 CFRI 17, or 40 FR 302, during a 24-hour period, the National Respon e enter (NRC) mu t be notified (dial 800-424-8802 or 202-426-2675 in the Washington, DC area). Also, within 14 calendar days of knowledge of the release, the date and description of the release the circumstances leading to the release. responses to be employed for such releases, and measures

to prevent reoccurrence of such releases must be recorded in your recordkeeping documentation consistent with Part 4.2 of this permit.

Where a discharge of hazardous substances or 0 i I in excess of reportab le quantities occurs, such discharge is not authorized by this permit and may also be a violation of Section 311 of the W A, 33 U C § 1321. Note that these spills must be reported as described above. Also applicable are Section 311 of the CWA and certain provisions of ection 301 and 402 of the CWA.

4.4.3 A dditional Reporting

In addition to the reporting requirements stipulated in Part 4, you are also subject to the standard permit reporting provisions referenced in Part I. J 3.

Where applicable, YOLi must submit the following reports to the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Part 8 as applicable.

• 24-llour reporting - You must report any noncompliance which may endanger health or the environment. Any information must be provided orally within 24 hours from the time you become aware of the circumstances;

• 5-day follow-up reporting to the 24-hour reporting - A written submission must also be provided within five days of the time you become aware of the circumstances.

4.4.4 One-Time Permit Report

For each ve sel, owner/operators are requ ired to subm it a one-time report between 30 months and 36 months after obtaining perm it coverage. This report should take less than 30

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minutes to complete and will assist EPA in developing the next round ofgeneral permits covering vessel discharges. The report form, included in Part 13 ofthis Permit, will be available for printing as a file on EPA's website (www.epa.gov/npdes/vessels within two years of finalization ofth is permit, or through EPA's eNOl system (www.epa.gov/npdes/vesselsJeNOI). Please respond to the questions and submit any necessary data that support YOLir responses. EPA encourages all owner/operators to submit their reports electronically. If you print out a hard copy of the report. you may send your completed report to EPA HQ (Attn: Vessel One Time Report Mail Code 4203M, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Wa .hington, DC 20460)

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procedures and must be able to demonstrate proficiency in implementing these procedures.

• Advanced train i ngin sh ipboard env ironmen ta I management procedures must be prov ided for those directly involved in managing specific discharge types or areas of the ship and these crew members must be able to demonstrate proficiency in implementing these procedures.

• Appropriate reprimand procedures must be developed for crew whose actions lead to violations of any effluent limit set forth in this permit or procedures established by the cruise ship operator to minimize the discharge of pollutants.

Cruise ships must also educate passengers on their potential environmental impacts. The goals of these education efforts should include preventi ng trash from entering any waste stream, eliminating the addition of unused soaps detergents, and pharmaceuticals to the graywater or blackwater systems, and minimizing production of gray water. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways including, but not limited to posting signage and informational material in guestrooms and common areas, incorporating environmental information passenger orientation presentations or packages at the start of cruises, incorporating this in formation into additional lecture and seminars, or broadcasting information via loudspeakers.

5.3 Large Ferries

Ferries are vessels for h ire that are designed to carry passengers and/or veh icles between two ports. usually in inland, coastal, or near- hore waters. "Large Ferry" means a "ferry" that: a) has a capacity greater than or equal to I 00 tons of cargo, e.g., for cars trucks, trains, or other land-based transportation r b) is authorized by the Coast Guard to carry 250 or more people. All large ferries authorized to carry more than 100 tons of cars, trucks, trains, or other land-based transportation must meet the requirement in ection 5.3.1. r (Deck Water) and section 5.3.2 (Education and Training). Large ferries authorized by the Coast Guard to carry 250 or more people must meet the requirements of section 5.3.1.2 (Graywater management) and section 5.3.2 (Education and Training).

5.3.1 Additional Authorized Discharges

5.3.1.1 Coal Ashfrom Coal Fired Propulsion Systems on Ferries

The discharge of coal ash slurry from coal fired propulsion systems all a ferry is authorized in waters subject to this perm it until December 19,2012. All coal ash slurry discharges must comply with effluent limits in Part 5.3.2.3 of this permit,

5.3.2 Additional Effluellt Limits

5.3.2.1

Deck Waler

Large terries may not discharge untreated below deck water from parking areas or other torage areas for motor vehicles or other motorized equipment into waters subject to this permit without first treating the effluent with an oily water cparator or other appropriate device. Large

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ferry operators must use oil absorbent cloths or other appropriate spi II response resources to clean oily spills or substances from deck surfaces. Any effluent created by washing the decks may I10t be discharged into the waters subject to this permit listed in Part 12.1.

5.3.2.2 Graywater Management

5.3.2.2.1 Graywater Discharge Location and Rate

Pierside Limits - While pierside, appropriate reception facilities for Graywater must be used. if reasonably available. lf such facilities are not reasonably available, you must hold the graywater if the vessel has the holding capacity and discharge the effluent while the vessel is underway. Appropriate reception facilities are those authorized for use by the port authority or 111 un icipal ity and that treat the discharge in accordance with its N POES perm it.

Operational Limits - Y u must also meet the following restrictions:

• If you operate within 3 run from shore, discharges of graywater must be released while the ferry is sai ling at a speed of at least 6 knots i r feasible.

5.3.2.3 COllI A h Effluent Limits and Related Requirements

5.3.2.3. I Min i m ization of coal ash s.1 u rry discharge

Vessel owner/operators must minimize the discharge or coal ash slurry into waters subject to this permit. Minimization techniques shall include:

• Efficient combustion of coal.

• Minimize the ash content of the coal used onboard, but in no event may the ash content exceed 9.5 % by weight and as received), and

• Lim iting discharge quantities to those necessary for the safe and efficient operation of the vessel.

5.3.2.3.2 Coal Sulfur Content

Vessel owner/operators 111 ust III in irn ize the su I fur content of all coal ash slurry discharged into waters subject to this permit by using coal with the lowest sulfur concentration technologically feasible and economically practicable and achievable, but in no event may the sulfur content of the coal exceed 1.023% (by weight and as received).

5.3.2.3.3 Limitations all Coal Ash Discharge Locations

zxcept in emergency situations, as determined and documented in the ship' log by the vessel's master, coaJ ash discharge may on Iy occur when the vesseJ is:

• r r in waters subject to th is perm it, more than 5 11 rn from any shore and in waters over 100 feet in depth, and

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• Underway at a speed of at least 6 knots.

5.3.3 Educational and Training Requirement ...

The crews of ferries playa key role in minimizing the discharge of pollutants from ferry operations and its passengers. Therefore ferry operators are subject to the following

requ irements:

• The ship's crew members who actively take part in the management of the discharge or who may affect the discharge must receive training regarding shipboard environmental procedures and must be able to demonstrate proficiency in implementing these procedures.

• Advanced training in shipboard environmental management procedures must be provided for those directly involved in managing specific d ischarge types or areas 0 r the sh ip and these crew must be able to demonstrate proficiency in implementing these procedures.

• Appropriate reprimand procedures must be developed for crew whose actions lead to v io lat ion s of an y e ffluen t lim it set fa rth in th is perm it 0 I' procedu res esta b I i shed by the C ru ise Sh ip opera to I' to III i n irn ize the d ischa rge 0 f po II u [ants.

Ferry operators must also educate passengers on their potential environmental impacts ..

The goals of these education efforts should include eliminating the discharge of trash overboard, min im izi n g the prod uctio n of trash fro rn park in g areas or other storage areas .. e I im i nat i n g th e addition of unused soaps, detergents, and pharmaceuticals to the graywater 01" blackwater systems. and minimizing production of gray water. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways including, but notlimited to posting signage and informational material in common areas,

i ncorpora tin g en v i ronmen ta lin r orma tion into a rien tatio n presenta tio ns, or broadcasting

in fa rmati on v ia [all dspeakers.

5.4 Barges (such as hopper barges, chemical barges, tank barges, fuel barges,crane barges, dry bulk cargo barges)

You must comply with Part 5 vessel-specific requirements associated with your vessel class in addition to any requirements specified elsewhere in this permit.

The requirements in Part 5.4 apply to vessel discharges from barges.

5.4.1 Additional Effluent Limits

Barges must minimize the contact of below deck condensation with oily or toxic materials. and any materials containing hydrocarbon. Whenever barges are pumping water from below deck. the discharge shall not contain oil in quantities that may be harm ful as defined in 40 eFR Part 110. I f a visible sheen is noted, vessel operators must in itiate correcti ve action in accordance with PaJ13 and meet recordkeeping requ irements in Parl4.2 of this permit.

All tank barges must have spill rails and must plug their scuppers before any cargo operations if requ ired by the vessel class society. If any spi lis resu It during load ing or un load ing

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of cargo, vessel owner/operators must completely clean up spills or residue before scuppers are unplugged. Once all spills and residue have been cleaned, scuppers may be unplugged.

Vessel owner/operators must clean out cargo residues such that any remaining residue is minimized before washing the cargo compartment or tank and discharging wash water overboard.

5.4.2 Supplemental J nspection Requi remen Is

A fter every instance of pumping water from areas below decks, or immediately following washing down the decks, you must conduct a visual sheen lest. The visual sheen test is used [Q detect free oil by observing the surface of the receiving water for the presence of an oily sheen. The operator should Focus the inspection on the area surrounding the vessel where discharges from below deck or deck washings are discharged into the receiving water. A visible sheen is defi ned in Part 7 of t:h is perm it.] f a v is i b Ie sheen is 0 bserved, you OJ us tin itiate co rrective actions requ ired in Part 3 0 f th is perm it and meet record keeping requirements in Part 4.2 of th is penn it

5.S Oil Tankers or Petroleum Tankers

The requirements in Parl5.5 apply to vessel discharges from Oil Tankers or Petroleum Tankers.

5.5.1 Additional Authorized Discharges

for vessels which have an inert gas system. the effluent produced from inert gas scrubbers (IGS) may be discharged into waters subject to this permit.

The discharges 0 f water from deck sea Is are authorized when such seals are installed as an integral part of an IGS system.

5.5.2 Additiollal Effluent Limits

Owner/operators of oil tankers must plug scuppers during cargo loading and unloading operations to prevent the discharge of oil into waters subject to this permit. Any oil spilled must be cleaned with oil absorbent cloths or another appropriate approach. Additionally. owner/operators of oil tankers must comply with applicable requirements of33 eFR 155.310.

Vessel owner/operators must minimize the discharge ofeffluent produced from inert gas scrubbers if feasible for the ir vessel des lgn ..

5.5.3 SuppiemelltalllJspectiol1 Requirements

After every instance of loading or unloading operations or immediately following washing down the decks, you must conduct a visual sheen test. The visual sheen test is used to detect free oil by observing the surface of the receiving water For the presence of an oily sheen. The owner/operator should focus the inspection on the area surrounding the vessel where effluent from loading operations or deck washings dischargeinto the receiving water. A sheen is defined in Part 7 of this permit. If a visible sheen is observed. you must comply with all

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