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Federal Legislation



Vessel Incidental Discharge Act of 2015 (S 373)
Under the Act the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would no longer be able to regulate or prohibit incidental vessel discharges in marine sanctuaries, restrictions on grey water discharges in marine sanctuaries would be rolled back, states' rights to protect waters from invasive species in ballast water would be preempted and the Coast Guard's ability to improve ballast standards would be severely limited.