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Thursday, December 06, 2012

Proposal to Ban Dumping Sewage from Boats into Lake Erie

Wow, I would thought this was something that would have been banned long ago! But, under the category of better late than never, The EPA figures the time has finally come to establish a “no discharge zone”. This 593 square mile area takes in several bays and tributaries along 84 miles of coastline.

The no discharge zone means that boats would be banned from discharging sewage into the water.

EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck said, "Creating a no discharge zone for the New York portions of Lake Erie is an important step in protecting this amazing water body.”

Discharges of boat sewage sometimes contain formaldehyde, phenols and chlorine along with the standard feces and urine.

To comment on the proposed EPA approval, email, fax or mail comments to Moses Chang at chang.moses@epa.gov, Fax: (212) 637-3891. Mailing address: Moses Chang, U.S. EPA Region 2, 290 Broadway, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10007-1866

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