Posts Tagged ‘NPDES/VGP’

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) VGP annual report submission for 2015 Activities

The 2013 VESSEL GENERAL PERMIT (VGP) requires that vessel owners and operators submit an Annual Report documenting VGP activities for each calendar year for each vessel covered by the VGP. Annual Reports for 2015 activities must be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by 28 February 2016.

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Update on National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Regulations

Over the course of the last 9-10 months ECM has been attending on board vessels and hearing back from our client’s vessels concerning the USCG inspection/finding process with respect to the NPDES aspect. Recently, ECM has seen the USCG issue deficiencies to vessels which do not have Vessel General Permit (VGP) instructions on board for their crew. ECM had the opportunity to discuss this very issue with the EPA during a recent public hearing in Washington DC.


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The role of the Certifying Official and Notice of Intent (NOI)

It has come to ECM attention that some Vessel General Permit (VGP) consulting providers may be inappropriately managing their clients account. This can present significant problems for the client during the USCG/EPA vetting process. Read more »

ECM issue a supplement guidance for VGP Compliance

National Pollution Discharge Elimination System : ECM issue a supplement guidance for VGP Comliance

Prior to discharge in state or tribal waters under the Clean Water Act (CWA) NPDES permit (the VGP), a state must either certify agreement with the permit or waive their rights under the CWA.

When a state is certifying the VGP they may add their own requirements which then become a provision of the federal permit  and must be complied with when operating in those state waters. The following is a list of those states which have either certified or waived their certification rights.

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NPDES/ VGP Training in Hamburg, Germany on 14th Oct, 2011

ECM offers National Pollution Discharge Elimination System/Vessel General Permit (NPDES/VGP) training

ECM will provide a 4 hour (1/2 day) training course to assist our clients in meeting the VGP requirements of having QUALIFIED personnel (your personnel) conduct annual vessel inspections/audits of NPDES weekly checklists, non-conformities, reporting, etc.

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