National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)

Vessels-Additional Resources

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Permits and Associated Documents

Draft 2013 VGP and Draft 2014 sVGP

Draft 2013 VGP Documents

Draft 2014 sVGP Documents

Final 2008 VGP for Discharges Incidental to the Normal Operation of Vessels

The 2008 VGP regulates discharges incidental to the normal operation of vessels operating in a capacity as a means of transportation. The VGP includes general effluent limits applicable to all discharges; general effluent limits applicable to 26 specific discharge streams; narrative water-quality based effluent limits; inspection, monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements; and additional requirements applicable to certain vessel types (December 29, 2008). 

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These newsletters provide periodic updates to the public about EPA's NPDES vessels program. Each newsletter provides information, such as meetings, publications, or activities that relate to the program. 

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Background Documents

Subsequently, the petitioners filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Northwest Environmental Advocates et al. v. EPA, No. C 03-05760 SI). On March 30, 2005, the court granted summary judgment to plaintiffs, and on September 18, 2006, issued an order granting injunctive relief.

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  • Submitting Notices of Intent (NOIs) under the 2013 VGP (November 14, 2013) – Overview of the 2013 VGP NOI requirements and how to use the Agency's eNOI system to prepare and submit those NOIs.


  • Tribal Information and Consultation Session Presentation - Overview of EPA's proposed 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP) and small Vessel General Permit (sVGP) (January 31, 2012) – Presentation given during the January 2012 tribal information and consultation session on the proposed VGP and sVGP.
  • 2013 Draft VGP and sVGP (January 19, 2012) Exit – Overview of proposed requirements in EPA’s draft VGP and sVGP that were public noticed on December 8, 2011. These two permits were subsequently issued, on April 12, 2013 and September 10, 2014, respectively, based on public comments on the drafts.


  • 2008 VGP Questions and Answers (July 27, 2009) Exit – Overview of EPA’s 2008 eNOI system and then answers a few frequently asked questions about the 2008 VGP. It also includes a discussion by three industry leaders on their experiences implementing the VGP. Note that the 2008 VGP has subsequently been reissued.
  • Key Elements of the 2008 NPDES VGP (February 5, 2009) – Overview of EPA’s 2008 VGP, issued on December 18, 2008. The permit has subsequently been reissued.


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Technical Studies

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