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DHS/USCG RIN: 1625-AA89 Publication ID: Spring 2013 
Title: Dry Cargo Residue Discharges in the Great Lakes 
Abstract: The historical practice of bulk dry cargo vessels on the Great Lakes is to discharge cargo residues ("dry cargo residue" or DCR) overboard. Dry cargo residue is cargo that remains on the deck or cargo spaces after loading or unloading operations. Generally, these residues include limestone and other clean stone, iron ore (such as taconite), coal, salt, and cement. These substances are primarily inorganic, non-toxic, and non-hazardous. Public Law 108-293, sec. 623(b), gives the Coast Guard regulatory authority over DCR discharges in the Great Lakes. An Interim Rule (73 FR 56492, Sep. 29, 2008) allows the discharge of bulk DCR in limited areas of the Great Lakes by self-propelled vessels and by any barge that is part of an integrated tug and barge unit. A Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (77 FR 44528, Jul. 30 2012), proposed replacing its existing interim rule with a new rule and also announced the availability of a tiered Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) prepared in support of the SNPRM. The SNPRM would allow the discharge of DCR in limited areas of the Great Lakes. However, vessel owners and operators would need to minimize DCR discharges using methods they would be required to document in DCR management plans. The proposed rule would prohibit limestone and clean stone discharges in some waters where they are now permitted. 
Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 33 CFR 151   
Legal Authority: PL 108-293   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  05/23/2008  73 FR 30014   
NPRM Comment Period End  07/22/2008    
Interim Final Rule  09/29/2008  73 FR 56492   
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  01/15/2009    
Supplemental NPRM  07/30/2012  77 FR 44528   
Supplemental NPRM Comment Period End  10/29/2012 
Final Action  08/00/2013 
Additional Information: Supplementary information about this rulemaking may be found in the docket for this rulemaking. The docket number for this rulemaking is USCG-2004-19621. The docket can be found at
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
John C. Morris
Project Manager
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Coast Guard
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE., STOP 7509,
Washington, DC 20593-7509
Phone:202 372-1433

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