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EPA/OW RIN: 2040-AF92 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Vessel Incidental Discharge National Standards of Performance 

On December 4, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA), establishing a new framework for the regulation of discharges incidental to the normal operation of vessels. VIDA is part of Title IX of the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Reauthorization Act of 2018, which addresses a number of maritime and environmental policies. Under VIDA, the EPA is responsible for developing national performance standards for discharges from primarily commercial vessels greater than 79 feet in length, and for ballast water from fishing vessels and small vessels less than 79 feet long. Generally, VIDA requires the EPA to establish discharge performance standards at least as stringent as the 2013 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Vessel General Permit. This proposed rule is intended to implement VIDA.

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
EO 13771 Designation: Regulatory 
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory    12/30/2020 
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/00/2020 
Final Rule  12/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, State 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: Yes 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
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

Jack Faulk
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-0768
Fax:202 564-6431