Coast Guard Invites Public Comment on Proposed Rule for Dry Cargo Residue Discharges During Public Meeting in Duluth and Clevland

WASHINGTON (D9 Public Affairs) – The Coast Guard has published a proposed rule for dry cargo residue discharges on the Great Lakes and is seeking public comment. Public meetings will be held next week in Duluth and Cleveland.

The proposed rule would require Great Lakes bulk dry-cargo carriers to keep records of and report loading, unloading, and sweepings of dry cargo residues and would encourage carriers to use control measures to reduce the amount of dry cargo residue entering the waters of the Great Lakes. The rule would continue to allow the discharge of non-toxic and non-hazardous bulk dry cargo residues in certain areas of the Great Lakes.

Who: The U.S. Coast Guard

What: Public meeting seeking comment on Proposed Rule for Dry Cargo Residue Discharges in the Great Lakes

When: Tuesday July 15, 2008 in Duluth, MN
Thursday July 17, 2008 in Cleveland, OH

Where: Holiday Inn
200 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802
218-727-7492

The Forum Conference Center
One Cleveland Center
1375 East Ninth Street
Cleveland, OH 44114
216-241-6338

For those who are unable to attend but would like their voices heard, the notice of proposed rule making can be viewed online at http://www.regulations.gov/. Once in the site, under “search” enter docket number “USCG-2004-19621.” Comments can be submitted online at http://www.regulations.gov/, by mail to Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Washington, D.C., 20590-0001, by fax at 202-493-2251 or in person at Room W12-140 on the ground floor of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Washington, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday except holidays. Public comment must be received via one of these methods above means not later than July 22.

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