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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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H.208

Introduced by Representatives Keogh of Burlington, Cheney of Norwich, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Godin of Milton, Johnson of South Hero, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Trombley of Grand Isle, Weston of Burlington and Wright of Burlington

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Motor vehicles; motorboats; lights and equipment

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to clarify that rinse water from showers and sinks on board vessels operated on the waters of Vermont shall discharge to a holding tank and not to state waters.

AN ACT RELATING TO DISCHARGES FROM VESSELS

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  23 V.S.A. § 3302 is amended to read:

§ 3302.  DEFINITIONS

As used in this chapter, unless the context clearly requires a different meaning:

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(14)  “Waters of this state” means any waters within the territorial limits of this state.

(15)  “Sewage” means sanitary waste or used water from a vessel, including but not limited to carriage water, shower and wash water, and process wastewater. 

Sec. 2.  23 V.S.A. § 3306 is amended to read:

§ 3306.  LIGHTS AND EQUIPMENT

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(e)  Every marine toilet, shower, or sink on board any vessel operated on the waters of the state shall also incorporate or be equipped with a holding tank.  Any holding tank designed so as to provide for an optional means of discharge to the waters on which the vessel is operating shall have the discharge openings sealed shut and any discharge lines, pipes, or hoses shall be disconnected and stored while the vessel is in the waters of this state.

(f)  Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent the discharge of adequately treated wastes from any vessel operating under the provisions of a valid discharge permit issued by the department of environmental conservation.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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