MPCA Seeks Public Comment on Draft Ballast Water Permits

By KBJR News 1

MPCA Seeks Public Comment on Draft Ballast Water Permits

August 12, 2013 Updated Aug 12, 2013 at 9:36 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - It could be a few more years before we see changes to ships on the Great Lakes that would protect the waters from aquatic invasive species.

The Minnesota Pollution Control agency is seeking public comment on a draft five year state permit that would impact US flagged lakers and ocean–going ships.

The new permit would require owners to adopt current Maritime Organization standards for killing living organisms in the on–board ballast tanks.

Those methods include using ultraviolet light, chemicals, and filters.

The rules would work in conjunction with recently passed rules by the Environmental protection agency for ocean-going vessels.

The MPCA originally gave the ships until 20–14 or 20–16, depending on the size of the vessel, to install the technology.

For more information, to request copies of the draft permit, fact sheet, and public notice, or to submit written comments until 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2013, contact Beth Gawrys, MPCA Industrial Division, 520 Lafayette Rd N, Saint Paul MN 55155-4194; send to her attention by fax at 651-296-8717; or email her at Elizabeth.gawrys@state.mn.us.

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