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EPA/OW RIN: 2040-AF92 Publication ID: Spring 2021 
Title: Vessel Incidental Discharge National Standards of Performance 

The Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) establishes 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 several 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 small vessels less than 79 feet and fishing vessels. The final rule is intended to implement the EPA statutory requirements under VIDA.

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 139   
Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory    12/30/2019 
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/26/2020  85 FR 67818   
Final Rule  12/00/2021 
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
4203M, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-0768
Fax:202 564-6431