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The VGP requires compliance with applicable state laws and regulations
(VGP section 1.11) and state water quality standards (VGP section 2.3.1).
The state Department of Ecology (Ecology) is responsible for interpreting
and enforcing these state laws and regulations either through the VGP and
EPA or on our own.
The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) regulates ballast water discharges to state waters.(See contact information and links to the WDFW websites below.)Ecology evaluates the environmental safety of those ballast water treatment systems that use biocides and makes recommendations to WDFW. We have completed evaluations and made recommendations on:
Because on several occasions the USCG, vessel operators, and public questioned us on our interpretation of the VGP and state law concerning repainting load lines, oily water separator discharges, and graywater discharges, we prepared guidances specific to these areas. The guidances are available on the following pages:
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