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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Love Boat No Longer Allowed to Dump Sewage in Bay?

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 7:30 AM

click to enlarge Less fun than a cruise ship...
  • Less fun than a cruise ship...
The Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to announce new regulations today that might keep you from spending quality time with human waste.

New rules will keep vessels of 300 tons or more from discharging sewage within three miles of California's shore. Forcing cruise and cargo ships to flush offshore will divert 20 million gallons of sewage yearly from the state's coastal waters, the EPA estimates.

While large ships have been forbidden from discharging bilge water and the effluent from dishwashers and other appliances since 2003, a loophole has existed in state laws that would actually allow sewage discharges. A 2006 petition to the EPA to seal this loophole was brushed aside. The new regulations could take hold Jan. 1, 2011.

click to enlarge They don't show the sewage part on TV
  • They don't show the sewage part on TV
Perhaps this will get several San Francisco beaches off the watch list due to harmful levels of bacteria infestation.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

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