Attend a meeting in
The U.S. Coast Guard released a draft Environmental Impact Statement
for the rulemaking: “Dry Residue Discharges in the
The public can comment
through July 22 on the proposed Coast Guard policy by submitting written
comments or speaking at a public meeting. Public meetings are scheduled for
July 15 in
When ships on the
Many of the cargo residues -- especially iron ore and taconite -- contain mercury and other toxic metals that can harm natural habitats in the lakebeds, as well as people who eat fish contaminated by the metals. Environmental effects of cargo sweeping are largely unknown.
Clear laws exist on both the international and domestic levels that
prohibit the dumping of garbage in any of the internal waterways of the
The Coast Guard’s draft interim enforcement policy required under APPS, in place since 1997, has allowed ships to “sweep” cargo residues that litter vessel decks off the side of the ship and into the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin. Congress recently ordered the Coast Guard to examine cargo sweeping and its effects and the Coast Guard has now proposed a rulemaking on the practice.
The Coast Guard’s proposed rule is illegal, because dry cargo residues fall under the description of garbage in domestic and international law and are thus prohibited to be dumped into inland waters. The Coast Guard should be developing rules that set standards and deadlines to virtually eliminate dry cargo dumping to protect the Great Lakes- St. Lawrence River ecosystem and comply with the law!
Take Action: Comment to the Coast Guard in writing or at one of the two public meetings
Make your comments at the public meetings, or submit them in writing by July 22nd. The Coast Guard’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking can be viewed, and comments can be submitted, online at: http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=SubmitComment&o=09000064805faa9c.
Other means of submission include:
Mail: Docket Management Facility (M–30),
Refer to Docket No. USCG-2004-19621 on your submission.
July 15, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. July 17, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: 218-727-7492 Phone: 216-241-6338
For more information:
The Coast Guard’s draft EIS can be found here: http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/mso/dry_cargo.htm scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the draft EIS and its 20 appendices.
Read Great Lakes United’s 2006 comments to the Coast Guard when they were preparing the EIS here: http://www.glu.org/english/navigation/pdf/2006_GLU_dry_cargo_submission.pdf
Please feel free to contact:
National Wildlife Federation: Michael Murray, 734-887-7110 or email@example.com