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S.2094: Vessel Incidental Discharge Act

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about transportation and public works
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Sponsor Mark Begich, D-Alaska
Total Cosponsors 32 (15 Democrats, 1 Independent, 16 Republicans)
Introduced March 6, 2014
Latest Major Action Dec. 10, 2014
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Bill Summary

Vessel Incidental Discharge Act - (Sec. 4) Requires Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to:

  • establish and implement enforceable uniform national standards for the regulation of discharges incidental to the normal operation of a vessel into navigable waters;
  • issue a rule establishing best management practices for discharges incidental to the normal operation of a vessel other than ballast water within two years;
  • complete a review to determine the feasibility of achieving the ballast water performance standard at least two years before January 1, 2022; and
  • issue a rule to revise the standard so that a ballast water discharge will contain less than specified concentrations of living organisms, indicator microbes, and viruses by January 1, 2022.

(Ballast water is any water taken aboard a vessel to control trim, list, draught, stability, or stresses of the vessel, or during the operation of a ballast water treatment techno...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Dec. 10, 2014 By Senator Rockefeller from Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation filed written report. Report No. 113-304.
Dec. 8, 2014 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 620.
Dec. 8, 2014 Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Reported by Senator Rockefeller with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Without written report.
July 23, 2014 Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
March 6, 2014 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.