Alert boaters were able to kill (for this year, at least) Maryland's proposed NDZ before it was made into law June 1st.
boaters, or those passing through, now have to maintain a "pumpout log" or face fines!
From cruisersnet.net :
New Law: Pumpout Log to be required in NC And No-Discharge Zones Created
Posted by Larry | Posted on 05-05-2010
Please note that this is a change from existing NC law and entails a new responsibility for cruisers.
Subject: Pumpout Log
I learned last night that the NC Legislature has passed a bill requiring recreational vessel owners to keep a log of pumpouts starting on July 1, 2010.
Per NC House Bill 1378: “Vessel owner and operator required to keep log of pumpout dates. (a) Any owner or operator of a vessel that has a marine
sanitation device shall maintain a record
of the date of each pumpout of the marine sanitation device and the location of the pumpout facility. Each record
shall be maintained for a period of one year from the date of the pumpout.” Also, “Section 1 of this act becomes effective July 1, 2010. Fines up to $10,000 may be assessed, and the regulation will be enforced by NC Wildlife officers, USCG and any other law officers with jurisdiction.”
Here’s a follow-up message from Captains Bob McLeran and Judy Young (Judy must be a long-lost cousin). As you will see, looks like portions of the NC coastline are about to become no-discharge zones.
Some areas of North Carolina
will be “no discharge” zones commencing July 1st, and requiring all vessels to keep a log of pump outs and requires the owner to secure any overboard
Here’s a link to the bill:
Beyond the legal issues of notice (there are aspects of the bill defining “no discharge” areas that are totally confused and confusing) the one thing that caught my eye is the reference to 33 CFR in this phrase:
The owner or operator of a vessel with a marine sanitation device shall keep the overboard
waste discharge valves of the device secure by acceptable methods set forth under 33 C.F.R. ‘ 159.7(b) so as to prevent the discharge of treated or untreated sewage, except when lawfully
discharging sewage at a pumpout facility.
33 CFR 159.7(b) states “(3) Using a non-releasable wire-tie to hold the seacock in the closed position . . . .” It doesn’t further define “wire-tie.”
Question for those who know: Does “wire-tie” as used in 33 CFR 159.7(b) include non-releasable plastic (wire) ties?
This question comes up every time we get a USCGA courtesy inspection
or have the potty-patrol aboard for a get-gether.
Bob McLeran and Judy Young
Click to open a pdf version of the Pumpout Log