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EPA/OW RIN: 2040-AD39 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Uniform National Discharge Standards for Vessels of the Armed Forces -- Phase II 
Abstract:

In 1996, the Clean Water Act was amended to create section 312(n), "Uniform National Discharge Standards (UNDS) for Vessels of the Armed Forces." Section 312(n) directs the EPA and DoD to establish national discharge standards for discharges incidental to the normal operation of a vessel of the armed forces. These national standards will preempt state discharge standards for these vessels. The EPA and DoD jointly promulgated Phase I of these regulations, 40 CFR part 1700, on May 10, 1999 (64 FR 25126). Phase I concluded that 25 out of 39 discharges from armed forces vessels would require the EPA and DoD to jointly establish performance standards by regulation (Phase II) for which it is "reasonable and practicable" to require a "marine pollution control device." Some of these discharges have the potential to introduce oil or other organics into receiving waters (such as bilge water); some have the potential to introduce copper or other metals (such as hull coating leachate); and some have the potential to introduce aquatic nuisance species (such as ballast water). Phase II is currently underway and will establish performance standards to control the 25 discharges in three separate rulemakings. The EPA and DoD, in consultation with the U.S. Coast Guard, are working together to develop the performance standards for the discharges. The Phase II -Batch One proposed rule was published on February 3, 2014 (Federal Register, 79 FR 6117) and addressed the following 11 discharges: aqueous film forming foam, chain locker effluent, distillation and reverse osmosis brine, elevator pit effluent, gas turbine water wash, non-oily machinery wastewater, photographic laboratory drains, seawater cooling overboard discharge, seawater piping biofouling prevention, small boat engine wet exhaust, and well deck discharges. The EPA and DoD are currently working on the Final Rule for Phase II- Batch One. The remaining 14 discharges will be addressed in subsequent rulemakings.

 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 1700   
Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1322    33 U.S.C. 1361   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  02/03/2014  79 FR 6117   
Final Rule  01/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, State 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: Yes 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL: http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/rules/UNDS  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Katherine Weiler
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water
Mail Code 4504T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-1280
Email: weiler.katherine@epa.gov

Grace Robiou
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water
Mail Code 4504T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-2975
Email: robiou.grace@epa.gov